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    Old 08-20-2017, 12:48 PM   #1
    Catperson05
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    Lump for 2 1/2 years ... so scared!

    Hello,

    I am a young woman who, about 2 1/2 years ago, presented with a lump around the mastoid bone. It is hard and fixed. I went to the GP, who said that it was between the size of a pea and a BB pellet. I was told to watch and wait, and to come back if it got bigger or if I developed any B symptoms. I have yet to develop any B symptoms (I mean... if we're generous, I sweat when it's hot at night, and my cat keeps me up at night, so I'm often fatigued). However, it's hard to tell if it's getting bigger. Before I started taking steroids a few days ago for some swelling after a root canal, it might have felt a little wider, but it was also flatter.

    Now I have taken a steroid, and it's just about all gone (I mean... if I aggressively rub at it for a long time, it sort of comes back...). I'm worried because I know steroids are a cancer treatment, and it's never responded much to anything else before. Obviously, no one can tell for certain if it's cancer without a biopsy, but does it sound worrisome?

     
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    Old 02-11-2018, 02:45 PM   #2
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    Re: Lump for 2 1/2 years ... so scared!

    Get a second opinion. If you're really worried, I would definitely seek out another Dr's opinion. I presented with a hard fixed lump in my neck and had no symptoms at all. You don't need symptoms to have cancer. Not to scare you but I would definitely get it looked at by someone else and request a biopsy if you can.

     
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