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Janetb_61 posted:
I am 51, with recent breast cancer in the family. I found a lump yesterday. It felt like there was a sticker in my t-shirt and I had been doing yard work so it made sense. I went inside to check the shirt, nothing. I smoothed the shirt over the area - I could feel a lump and re-checked the shirt to make sure I hadn't missed a chunk of drier lint or something. I hadn't - it was under the skin. It itches, with a stickery kind of feeling. My question is, aside from getting thru the time to makeand get in to an appointment, who do I make it with? My primary group where I never see the same dr twice, or the OBGYN group, where I MIGHT get the same doc again? Also, I am pre-menstrual (by 2 wks) and this always brings breast tenderness, but never before a lump like this. It feels larger than a pea, more like a marble, and is quite tender. I am aware it could be mensrual related, but do I wait until after my cycle comes and goes, or do I get in right away?? I can't call my mom, she'll freak. She had a double mastectomy just about 2 yrs ago; I don't want to stress her as she is still fighting the after-affects of losing all her lymph-nodes on the diagnosed side. So, I turned to a group like I did for my gastric bypass. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
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rachael67 responded:
Janet, sorry for your recent concerns. "Worry" is a crap neighborhood!

Given all you have written, what you are dealing with may very well be a cyst or something much less frightful than cancer. Being just before your period may explain some of this. A lump which makes such a quick and painful appearance isn't the usual course for cancer. Being itchy "...with a stickery kind of feeling..." is also NOT usual for BC.


However, on the other side of the coin we find that your Mom had a double mastectomy two years ago. Combine this possible genetic link with how worried you are and it doesn't make sense to wait for several weeks.


Do you have annual mammograms? If so, when was your last? Was there anything of concern then? If you have not had one recently (or at all), that might be something to consider.


I would advise that you begin by seeking a good breast care center. Unlike your other doctors, they deal 24/7 ONLY with breast issues, and will have the most extensive knowledge, experience and testing. Also, having a possible genetic component, they could guide you there as well.


The longer you wait, the more you will worry...and the more you worry, the more you will poke and possibly irritate that lump. Neither a good scenario.


Please know you will be in our thoughts, and do keep us posted on how you are doing. We care!


Blessings.
Rachael
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.
Maya Angelou
 
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GGrandmaJan responded:
Hi Janet,

I am so sorry you have the need to come here for answers to your questions but you have come to the right place. As I read your post my thought is you must belong to an HMO type clinic where you don't always see the same Dr twice. That must be very frustrating for you.

My suggestion would be to call a Breast Center if you have one in your area and ask them your questions. A place that does Mammo's would be my first choice. Most times you don't have to have a referral. Make the appt with them and ask them about the best time during your cycle for a mammo. If you do need a referrral then go back to your OB/GYN and have him or her check your breasts. They know more about the changes during the cycles.

Even if you don't see the same Dr twice they do have all your medical records. Have you ever had a mammogram of your breasts? If so, then call them and tell them you found a lump.

Now be aware that all lumps are NOT cancer. 80% of lumps are benign or not cancer. So take some deep breaths---now exhale slowly---again and once again. I know it sounds silly but it will help you relax until your world stops spinning out of control. The not knowing is totally the pits. Please, as my good friend Rachael always says. "DO NOT borrow trouble as it will find you soon enough!!!"""

So first thing in the morning check your phone book or goggle your area and find a place that does mammo's.

Good luck to you. Please do come back and let us know how you are doing.

Fondly
Jan
He who laughs at himself, never runs out of things to laugh at.
 
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Janetb_61 replied to GGrandmaJan's response:
Thank you both for your words of calm and encouragement. I have had my annual mamo's. In the last 3 years I have had two 'follow-up ultrasound' requests that cleared whatever image they were concerned about. I am due for this years. I have been going to a clinic that offers discounts during BC Awareness month. I had not even thought of that, so already you have helped me. Thank you. I will call them tomorrow.
 
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Shell1007 responded:
Janet,
You have definitely found the right place for information & great support. We have all been in your shoes. I totally agree with what Rachael & Jan have told you. Find a Breast Center !! They are the best & can handle most everything right in one place, should you need anything other than a mammogram. Not knowing is the WORST.
Please keep in touch, we will be thinking of you.
Take care,
Shell
 
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sadblossom responded:
Hello,
So sorry you are going thru this. Hopefully it is not what you fear the most.
I can honestly say I have never heard a lump described exactly that way before. The 'sticker' thing and itch puzzles me.
If I were you I would start with your primary physician. Even the group where you are juggled between who ever is on call. One of them can order a mammo or just send you on to a specialist whom is who you would want to see anyway. But as always we have to go thru red tape to get there. I just feel that these doctors could hopefully see you sooner than the OBGYN group.Honestly, I would go for who can see you the quickest. The less time you spend worrying the better. It could be a lot of things but I do understand the worry and I would not put it off. I would not wait until after the cycle even tho that can affect our breast. I waited and then wished I had not. The wait did not benfit me at all. So please get it checked. And try not to worry.
Let us know, we are here for you.

Blessings.... Pat


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