To be worried about my boob?

(141 Posts)
catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:45:54

This may sound really odd but my left breast feels funny

It feels a bit swollen and, not exactly sore, but a bit uncomfortable.

My cousin died of breast cancer last year and a bit of me is niggly worried. I've had a good feel around and can't find anything lumpy but it feels wrong somehow and I am not 100% sure how to properly check my breasts (about to google it)

I feel a bit silly about it but it just doesnt feel right. AIBU to be a bit worried. Is it too silly a thing to see a GP about? I have doctors appointment this afternoon but that's about something else and I know they hate you mentioning more than 1 issue

I suppose I'm looking for some re-assurance really

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 11:52:30

No it's not silly to worry about it.

Phone for an appointment. Put your mind at rest.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 11:54:16

Thanks. I will.

I've just scared myself silly on Google. I will mention it to the Dr this afternoon. Hopefully he will have a look or if not book me an appointment to get it checked. I think I am a bit over sensitive due to my cousin.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 12:03:13

Are you mid cycle? Sometimes mine feel funny around that time.

My dsis had breast cancer so I understand also why you feel edgy. Hopefully your GP will reassure you x

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 12:10:32

Ah I am so sorry about your sister thanks (and an unMumsnetty hug)

I am mid-cycle so it could just be that.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 12:16:55

She's fine now, thank you smile been in remission for over 10 years.

Let us know how you get on.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 12:31:15

I'm glad to hear that smile

I will update with what the doctor says.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 18:12:49


I went to the doctors. She found what she described as a 'firmness' under my nipple about 5cm in diameter

She's made me an urgent referall to the breast clinic

I am terrified and lost the plot for a bit BUT my breast is sore which my DM says is a really good sign as cancer wouldn't be sore like that and it will be mastitis or a cyst or a blocked duct or something, so I've calmed down a bit

I don't think I will sleep much tonight though sad

kinkyfuckery Mon 08-Apr-13 18:17:43

You did the right thing seeing your GP.

Try not to worry - easier said than done, I know. What will be, will be. x

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 18:19:12

I'm sorry to read this cat. I know you are scared but you've done something quickly. You are being seen quickly.

Honestly it could be nothing. Big squeeze for you, will be here if you need me flowers

HoneyStepMummy Mon 08-Apr-13 18:19:50

Try not to worry CatGirl. I'm not a medical expert- but breast cancer doesn't usually hurt.
About 8 years ago I got terrible shooting pains in my breasts and they felf really lumpy. I saw a doctor and apparently I have cystic breasts...I just have a natural tendency to form cysts due to dense breast tissue. I was told to cut down on caffeine and take vitamin E pills. It helps a lot. Good luck and try not to stress too much!

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 08-Apr-13 18:20:34

keep in touch with us. Sure all will be well but we are here. Been there - it's scary. Mine was just a massive cyst that they had aspirated in two ticks and it was totally painless and kind. Boob felt a bit saggy after though as it was so big.

thebody Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:10

Best of luck cat you did the right thing.

And fwiw your mum is right, cancer lumps usually don't hurt but cysts and blocked ducts do.

Hugs and thinking of you.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:27

And keep in mind that many women are referred with lumps, bumps, thickening skin and the majority are fine. Keep thinking about that.

crikeybill Mon 08-Apr-13 18:22:58

How old are you cat ? Is it as obvious as your username ?

I've worked in a breast cancer clinic for 18 years, you did the right thing. Any change or symptom should always be reported. Any other family history ? Whereabouts in the country are you ?

Owllady Mon 08-Apr-13 18:28:59

if it's any consolation they refer all worries of this type now just to be on the safe side
well done for going smile you have done absolutely the right thing

CwtchesAndCuddles Mon 08-Apr-13 18:58:04

I had this a few weeks ago - appointment in breast clinic for a mamograme and then back for the results. It was nothing but scared the shit out of me. Family history of breast / ovarian cancer made it more worrying.

It is most likely nothing serious, try not to worry too much!

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 19:05:02

Thank you all so much thanks

I'm 36. No real family history other than my cousin who was my mum's, brothers daughter if that makes sense

Im in the NW

Im still reeling but the fact its hurting is reassuring me, along withthe lovely posters on here

Thank you for the support and sharing your positive stories x

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:19:36

I'm veering between positive and terrified

Right now I am at terrified

I have a 16 mo old son. I love him so much and he needs me. I'm the only breadwinner in the family. I'm frightened

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 20:39:27


When is your appointment?

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:45:54

She said if it didn't come through this week it would certainly be next week. Which is very good really (although will no doubt feel like an eternity).

Thank you for the squeeze smile I am a bit wobbly to say the least. But friends have regaled me with lots of postive stories of lumps that turned out to be nothing and the stats are very reassuring

It was just such a shock.

marriedinwhiteagain Mon 08-Apr-13 20:49:19

Phone up and asked to be called for a short notice cancellation if you can.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:50:10

Right I will do that tomorrow. That sounds like a good idea. x

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 20:53:29

Of course you're wobbly, it's a shock, you're worried and our minds always go haywire when we feel like this.

Do you have private health care?

AnythingNotEverything Mon 08-Apr-13 20:54:04

You were right to tell your go and don't worry about the "urgent" appointment. Last time I was referred (I have fybrocystic breasts - basically really lumpy!) I was told they try see everybody within about 2 weeks of referral. It's very unlikely to e a sign of you go's concern.

All changes should be reported, an it's good that you know what's normal for you.

Try to relax. And take a book when you go to the clinic. I'm always there for hours for some reason xx

RFLmum Mon 08-Apr-13 20:54:14

Totally sympathise with your feelings of panic about your dc. I went through something like this a year ago and all I could think about was the children. Please remember it is VERY unlikely that it is anything to worry about. Your g.p. is just making sure. Mine turned out to be nothing and I'm sure yours will too. Easier said that done I know but try to distract yourself. I've also heard that breast cancer is unlikely to be experienced as a painful lump. Xx

Loislane78 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:56:07

Stupid question maybe but did you BF your DS? I heard you can continue lactating for ages afterwards so might be some weird blocked duct or something. I'm no Dr, just thought I'd throw that out there!

V best of luck too you smile

Loislane78 Mon 08-Apr-13 20:56:41


catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:02:01

Thank you all thanks

I did breast feed DS so it could well be that, plus he really favoured the boob that's affected and really ended up only feeding from that one and the mik dried up in the other

I do have private health care through work but the GP said I wouldn't get seen any quicker that way at this stage. Having it is a real reassurance for if there is anything to worry about though.

So good to hear lots of positive stories. You are all the loveliest, kindest vipers smile

Going to distract myself with Game of Thrones and a glass of wine. x

cozietoesie Mon 08-Apr-13 21:03:53

Try to go bra-less for a few days. That should help.

everlong Mon 08-Apr-13 21:07:01

That's good about the healthcare should you need it. Meanwhile try try try to relax. Have a lovely bath, glass of wine and try to sleep.

Your appointment will be here before you know it.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:08:24

I think I might have a bottle grin

If I go bra-less they will be down by my knees after breast feeding but I will give it a go smile

Bingdweller Mon 08-Apr-13 21:10:21

I work for a private hospital group. For symptomatic breast lumps, we have a policy of seeing all patients within the week (we have clinics on Tues/Thurs). It may well be worth phoning your local BMI/Spire/Nuffield or any other independant private hospital to see if they have an appointment tomorrow - we always fit in urgent breast referrals.

You will still need your GP referral for the appointment privately (this is a condition of your medical insurance policy) but since there is an NHS referral already completed, it's usually just a case of your GP arranging for the same referral to be printed off and collected by you to take to your appointment.

You could be saving yourself a week of worry - PM me if further details needed. X

I've had a couple of lumps checked out and both have been fine. My DM had precancerous cells removed about 10 years ago, so I am quite vigilant. Both have been fine and I do recall being told that pain is a good sign.

<offers a non-vipery hug>

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:13:54

Bingdweller that's really helpful. There is a Spire hospital down the road. I will ring them tomorrow and ring my insurers and see if they would cover me. Thank you. Really appreciate it.

Twogood thank you so much for sharing that, so glad you were ok. The pain thing is reassuring as so far its only people who haven't had lumps (like DM) telling me that and it's nice to hear that's what the HCPs say too

<takes the hug gladly>

Bingdweller Mon 08-Apr-13 21:21:24

catgirl - no probs. if they have the same setup as us, you will be seen and examined by the breast specialist then sent for a breast ultrasound (possibly mammography, but unlikely given your age) during the appointment. The specialist may attempt an FNA (drawing fluid from the thickened area for examination under a microscope).

This should all happen at the 1st appointment with the ultrasound results given to you on the same day.

You can normally expect to pay an excess of around £100 for using your medical insurance - keep them informed of everything at every stage and obtain authorisation prior to the appointment. Best of luck. X

rabbitonthemoon Mon 08-Apr-13 21:23:28

OP it is a very scary thing so huge soothing hug to you. I had a fibroadenoma (benign cysty thing) years ago that had somehow got quite large and I hadn't noticed until one day I was lying on the bed and noticed a bulge confused I will never forget how worried I was. I got seen very quickly and was also told that pain is a good sign (mine didn't hurt so that wasn't a lot of comfort but it did move around and they said that was good). Anyway biopsy showed all was good but due to its size I had it removed. Two if my friends have has breast feeding duct lumps. I am sure it will be a post breast feeding thing and wish you all the best.

renaldo Mon 08-Apr-13 21:33:33

I wouldn't bother with the private hospital -IMO the NHS Breast clinics are excellent

HoneyStepMummy Mon 08-Apr-13 21:36:42

I have found the following helpful for fibrocystic (lumps) breasts and blocked nipple duct (despite never having BF'd )
- anti imflamatory ie ibuprofen for pain and infection
- hot shower, same as above
- cutting down on coffee, taking vitamin E to thin blood thus less cysts

When I have breast pain I wear a front closing, cheap cotton sports bra. Underwired bras are one of the reasons people get cysts. Maybe trying some of these will decrease your discomfort?

I'm so sorry you are scared and having to deal with this. I was really worried when I first started having lumps and pains too. I'm glad you are getting great advice here and it looks like you'll get to see a doctor sooner rather than later.

I really think you are going to be OK- but sending hugs over to you anyhow!!

invicta Mon 08-Apr-13 21:37:58

The NHS provide excellent service for breast lumps. In my area, anyone with a lump gets referred, whether its cancerous or not. Virtual hug from down south.

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 21:49:06

This is all really helping, especially the hugs smile thanks

Bing it's also really, really reassuring to get an idea of what to expect from the appointment. The 'unknown' is terrifying

I do wear underwired bras and drink far too much caffine so maybe it is just a cyst from that and breast feeding.

flaminhoopsaloolah Mon 08-Apr-13 22:07:38

I was in the Drs two weeks ago for the exact same reason....

She told me the VAST majority of changes in breast tissue are not sinister. She's just monitoring me for now.

It's bloody scary though. Big hugs

catgirl1976 Mon 08-Apr-13 22:17:47

Thanks flamin x

Good to hear it sounds like you are doing ok.

flaminhoopsaloolah Mon 08-Apr-13 22:21:45

And she wasn't just fobbing me off - JSYK - she really does listen (she's just referred one of the DC for suspected dyspraxia based almost solely on my observations over the past year or so)

I'll be keeping everything crossed for you and hope you get your all clear sooner rather that later so you can breathe again.

everlong Tue 09-Apr-13 10:07:32

How are you feeling this morning cat? Did you sleep ok?

Oh flip. I hope it all goes ok. Did you sleep at all?

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 12:20:49

Oddly I slept pretty well confused

I feel more positive today and have done what Bing suggested and now have an appointment for Thursday afternoon

I'm still scared but it's less of a blind panic so thank you all

I will keep you posted and hopefully have some good news after Thursday (although I may post on here asking for someone to hold my hand tell me nice things about kittens a fair few times before then) x

everlong Tue 09-Apr-13 13:17:18

Ah that's good about your quick appointment.. I would have done the same too.

Glad your feeling a little more positive..

evansthebread Tue 09-Apr-13 13:34:28

I've had fibrocystic breasts since early teens. You get to know the usual suspects and the way they feel. Frightening when it first happens - I was terrified (and the way I was treated when I had one of the lumps aspirated when I was 21 does not make me eager to go back to see my GP about a new one I'm a little suss about).

I'm glad you have an appointment. If they have any doubts at all, they will send you on. Please don't miss this appointment. I read somewhere that 9 out of 10 lumps are harmless, but they need to be absolutely sure for your sake.

Just for info, there is one very aggressive type of breast cancer that starts as a sore, itchy patch so ALL abnormalities need to be checked QUICKLY. There are a few images on Google that show sores (the ones I saw were advanced), but also one of a very red, sore-looking breast. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it to narrow the search down, sorry.

redwellybluewelly Tue 09-Apr-13 18:27:05

About 18months ago I noticed a discolouration on my breast, I was feeding DD at the time and I felt there was a firmness there as well. I went to the GP and was given an urgent appointment within a week to our cancer clinic.

Terrified as my DF died in his early forties. Doctor took one look and said I needed an op, booked me in for a weeks time and so from seeing the GP to surgery was two weeks.

I couldn't feed from that breast for 24 hours post op but went on to feed for another year. The scarring is now almost gone and the tissue removed was found to be non cancerous.

Good luck and massive hand holding, without a doubt I'm glad it was dealt with swiftly.

kellank Tue 09-Apr-13 18:34:04

I do not want to worry catgirl as it could be something less sinister.

However anyone who thinks that if it's breast cancer you wouldn't be sore is incorrect.

I had a sore breast for a few months. Went to GP a couple of times who said it was probably hormones etc, turned out it was breast cancer. There are different types of BC, ductal, lobular, inflammatory and they dont always present the same.

marriedinwhiteagain Tue 09-Apr-13 18:43:21

Are you OK now though kellank. Catgirl's doing the right thing and has an appointment on Thursday. Hopefully we will all be quaffing wine in her honour on Thursday night to celebrate and even if we can't we will be holding her hand and looking after her.

Bingdweller Tue 09-Apr-13 19:38:48

Glad you got sorted with a quick appointment * catgirl*. It will hopefully save you a weekend of worry & turn out to be harmless.

Sending you good luck vibes for Thursday x

kellank Tue 09-Apr-13 19:39:37

Marriedinwhite - Ok as far as they can tell, just have to wait and see.

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:44:58

Thank you all thanks

kellank glad you are ok for now - big hug

redwelly that sounds awful but I am so pleased it turned out ok

I am dreading Thursday but at the same time it can't come quickly enough. I'm still veering from abject terror to positive thinking smile You are all helping me stay positive x

LittleBallOfFur Tue 09-Apr-13 19:45:48

Another well-wisher - good luck and hope its nothing flowers

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:47:43

Another thing that is keeping me positive are that it's only been sore a few days and I only mentioned it as I had an appointment for something else IYSWIM and its the breast I ended up almost exclusively using to feed DS so it would sort of make sense for any bfeeding related issues to be in that breast

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Tue 09-Apr-13 20:01:28

catgirl - sending you loads of positive vibes. I don't have any personal experiences to share, but sending lots of virtual tea and sympathy.

Both my grandmothers died from breast cancer (long before I was born), so this is one of my greatest fears. I offset it by checking my breasts regularly.

You're reacting to this quickly, which stands you in the best possible stead. There's nothing like becoming a Mum for things like this to suddenly take on a great deal of importance!


catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:03:38

Thank you Don x

I am so bloody frightened. I keep looking at DS and going to pieces

Still.........Don is back tomorrow night so he can distract me for an hour grin

Catgirl - I'm going back to the doc tomorrow (don't ask) and as a result of this thread I'm going to mention my itchy left nipple.

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:06:58

Please Freddie

If it's nothing to worry about (which it will be) you will have peace of mind. Your health is waay too important not to mention it.

Hope it goes ok x

If it wasn't for this thread I wouldn't have bothered.

I will be thinking of you on Thursday do come back and let us know how you get on. xx

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:08:49

I will x

Fingers crossed I will be celebrating.

Either way at least I will know.

Fightlikeagirl Tue 09-Apr-13 20:14:42

Feel free to pm me catgirl, I'm almost 3 years clear of breast cancer so have been exactly where you are right now!
Mine was obviously bad news but most lumps/swellings/soreness etc are harmless especially in younger women. I was very unlucky, 30 when diagnosed but was by far the youngest on chemo ward etc.
If its any comfort my boob didn't hurt at all.
Good luck for Thursday- is your appointment at gp or breast clinic?

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 20:26:38

Hi fight

Thank you so much thanks

It's with a specialist as I took Bings advice and rang BUPA direct, but the NHS referal was with the breast clinic.

A bit of me is worried that the clinic might have been best. The guy I am seeing is a general surgeon,specialising in breasts (I googled him)

I may well PM you if you really don't mind.

Fightlikeagirl Tue 09-Apr-13 20:33:48

I would have thought that the specialist would be just as good as the breast clinic, possibly even the same consultant as I know my consultant also worked at the local bupa.
Yes do feel free to pm smile

fluffypillow Tue 09-Apr-13 20:52:50

Only just seen your thread catgirl .

Just wanted to say I hope all goes well for you on Thursday .

Lots of positive thoughts coming your way smile


Mashedupbanana Tue 09-Apr-13 20:56:35

I had something similar, and had a biopsy and it turned out to be a cyst. Good luck ��

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 21:04:13

Thank you fluffy smile

Mashedup you must have been scared and then very relieved

fight I have sent you a PM x

ClairesTravellingCircus Tue 09-Apr-13 21:28:48

Hello catgirl

just wanted to add my support, I have also had breast cancer, and while the wait is awful you are doing the best thing by getting checked out as soon as possible.

Chances are it is nothing to worry about, but should it not be, best not to hang around waiting as I did

I will be thinking of you as well on thurs x

slightlysoupstained Tue 09-Apr-13 22:20:47

I had an urgent referral just before Christmas for a lump in my breast. The words "urgent referral" really make you absolutely crap yourself, don't they? But it's pretty standard. Just sounds terrifying.

It was a lump that didn't hurt, and didn't seem to move around, which Dr Google told me was not good. (Dr Google is a bastard. My doctor is much nicer, I shall go talk to her in future.) And I had a feeling it had been there for some time (breastfeeding, and it only became obvious when my breasts settled down a bit - before that they were too engorged for me to feel anything in there properly.)

Like a complete wally I just worried about it for several weeks (trying to convince myself it was my imagination), then finally realised I wasn't able to think about DS getting older w/o getting upset, and went to the GP. Saw GP on Friday who made urgent referral, got appt through on Tuesday, went to breast clinic on Thursday, and got the all clear. All that worry and I could have got it sorted in a week! A bloody week!

You said it helped to have an idea what the exam might be like so here's mine:

Went in and met consultant, who admired DS gurgling away in his car seat, then had a quick chat, he asked me a few questions about symptoms, history etc then did a breast exam. He then explained that they didn't find that mammograms were terribly effective on lactating women so we would take a look with the ultrasound. So out with the gel!

He had a look and then showed me the screen and explained that it was a milk cyst, which are apparently incredibly common in breastfeeding women but harmless. It just looked like a big dark bubble in my breast. He then used a very fine needle to draw all the fluid out (I could see the cyst shrinking on the ultrasound screen!) until there was nothing left. After that he said he'd send the fluid down to the lab for them to do some checks straightaway that we'd have results for today, and they'd do some more checks afterward.

He asked us to come back in an hour for the results, so went off and got a coffee (helpfully, navigating around the maze of a hospital to find the coffee shop used up some of the waiting time grin ). Results were all clear. He said they'd do some further tests to be absolutely sure, and would send the results to my GP in a week, but there was absolutely no need to worry about these as everything looked good.

Good luck on Thursday catgirl, hope you have the all clear - it's by a long long way the most likely result, but always worth being checked all the same. I could kick myself for wasting that time worrying about it instead of going straight in and getting checked - well done you for getting it sorted quickly.

thebody Tue 09-Apr-13 22:26:52

Cat thinking of you babe. Sending hugs xxxxxx

catgirl1976 Tue 09-Apr-13 22:40:15

Thank you Claire - hope you are ok now.

Slightly yup - crapping myself is accurate. And Dr Google is a bastard. But googling things is a bit like picking a scab. Thank you for sharing - it really helps to get an idea of what might happen. The unknown is so scary. Am so pleased you got the all clear.

Thebody - thank you xxx

I am most scared at night. Dreading going up to bed. Daytime is so much more distracting! Still I am really lucky I have 2 more nights and then my appointment and I am pleased I am getting seen so quickly

Thank you all again for all the support

You really are helping. And lovely.

ClairesTravellingCircus Wed 10-Apr-13 02:36:22

I am fine Catgirl, thanks, 5 years on, and counting!smile

howdoo Wed 10-Apr-13 02:47:28

Catgirl, you will be absolutely fine, honestly. I have had two or three breast lumps, found by mammogram/ultrasound and they were all fine. (Was v scared but came out the other end!) Some people (including me) have lumpy breasts. You are very young, and the soreness is usually a good sign if you like.
When you come out the other end of this, try to get a BRCA test, because of your family history.

howdoo Wed 10-Apr-13 02:49:37

Sorry, that probably sounded bad - I had a big family history of breast/bowel/ovarian cancer, so had the BRCA test, and I don't have it. Also they are only interested in very close relatives, so your cousin wouldn't count in terms of the test.

kellank Wed 10-Apr-13 16:21:27

Again, I dont want to sound negative or worry anyone unnecessarily but no one in my family had cancer. I have two sisters and a brother. Both sisters have smoked for twenty years. I have never smoked but the one who had breast cancer.

I get a little annoyed when the medical profession seem to tell people not to worry if for example, no immediate family member has had cancer, dont smoke etc.

I know a lady 32 who has terminal cancer. She had breast cancer
despite no family history etc.

Women need to be aware and see their GP regardless of symptons, history etc. In many cases it will turn out to be something minor but it is always better to get every minor thing looked at.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Apr-13 18:48:49

howdoo it didn't sound bad at all x smile Good to know those tests are out there

kellank - I agree, best to get things checked no matter how low risk you think you might be

I'm more postitive today. Specialist tomorrow and hopefully some good news

everlong Wed 10-Apr-13 19:55:21

Been thinking of you today cat. Glad you feel more positive.

Hopefully tomorrow your mind will be put at rest.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Apr-13 20:01:04

Thanks everlong x

I;m going to have wine, hot bath and watch Mad Men tonight and just not think about it smile

everlong Wed 10-Apr-13 20:05:18

Good call.

I've just been told about Man Men and that I must watch the box set. <rubbish at telly stuff>

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Apr-13 20:18:30

You must grin

It's on S6 now and it can take an episode or two to get into but it is my favourite show ever. Really good. grin

everlong Wed 10-Apr-13 20:25:24

I'm going to get the box set and watch it in bed with DH ( we like a box set in bed and that isn't a euphemism wink )

marriedinwhiteagain Wed 10-Apr-13 20:29:52

Good luck for tomorrow. Fingers and toes crossed.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Apr-13 20:38:46

Thank you married thanks

flaminhoopsaloolah Wed 10-Apr-13 21:59:36

Good luck cat girl - just keep remembering that far more often than not a suspect change turns out to not be cancer.

Christelle2207 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:12:23

Hi, just wanted to say I got scary paIns in my breast a few months ago and was alarmed by the urgency of my referral to the breast clinic! Essentially they're on the ball with such things and won't take any chances. I got seen the following week and my pains were just hormonal. And the consultant also told me that painful lumps are rarely cancerous.
You completely and totall did the right thing.

Ledkr Wed 10-Apr-13 22:22:01

I've been laying low but good luck at the clinic.
I had it 19 yrs ago at 26. Been fine since treatment.
So even if it is the worst thing it's not the end if the world.
Massive well done for acting on your instincts and so quickly too.
Fingers crossed for you.

catgirl1976 Wed 10-Apr-13 22:29:44

Ah Ledkr thanks - thank you so much for sharing - means a lot

flamin and Christelle thank you both x

You will never know how much this thread is helping

You are all giving me loads of hope and strength. I feel really positive today and you lot are a massive part of that smile

YouTheCat Wed 10-Apr-13 22:30:35

Hope it all goes well for you smile

ClairesTravellingCircus Thu 11-Apr-13 06:33:30

Good luck for today catgirl

toffeelolly Thu 11-Apr-13 06:48:47

Good luck for today catgirl, thinking of you thanks

Good luck.

slightlysoupstained Thu 11-Apr-13 07:27:47

Good luck today catgirl!

Bingdweller Thu 11-Apr-13 07:52:33

Good luck today catgirl, I'm sure you will be fine.

Don't worry about your consultant being listed under general surgery. They will be a general surgeon who specialises in breast surgery. Private hospitals (at least the one I work for) have very strict guidelines about who can/can't treat breast patients. We are an accredited breast unit which means our specialists private practice must reflect their NHS practice. In other words, general surgeons who carry out hernia repair, gallbladder surgery etc. would absolutely not be allowed to see breast patients privately as a "sideline". Feel free to PM me if you want any further info.

Hope all goes well today xxx

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 09:03:04

Thank you all! I am feeling positive and happy I am getting seen today

I will let you all know how it goes

Bing that is really helpful and good to know - thank you so much

Please would you all check your boobs for me? grin flowers

DonDrapersAltrEgoBigglesDraper Thu 11-Apr-13 09:17:17

Good luck today catgirl - it is Thursday evening where I am, so I am sending you a virtual wine

Countdown to today being over and partaking of same starts here.


Celestia Thu 11-Apr-13 10:28:20

Glad you feel positive today catgirl. Good luck today.

I was in your position 2 weeks ago. I found a lump on the Saturday evening (like a large grape in size , texture and softness) and went straight to my gp on the Monday morning. I was shocked when she referred me urgently to the breast clinc and left the surgery with an appointment for 2 weeks later.

I was utterly terrified, petrified and kept breaking down when I looked at my children. I've never been so scared in my life!

I had my appointment on monday where they just did an ultrasound and thankfully it was just a fatty lump. The sonographer was able to tell me immediately and the consultant confirmed it straight after. He examined my breasts and I took the opportunity to ask him how exactly you should examine them at home. He showed me (which was a bit blush) but I'll be doing it each month from now on.

I so hope yours turns out to be something similar.

Ledkr Thu 11-Apr-13 16:26:14

I hope you are celebrating after your hospital visit op.

fallon8 Thu 11-Apr-13 16:54:29

I have been treated for BC five times..not once did I have any is one of the many frightening things about cancer,it is a silent disease.

thebody Thu 11-Apr-13 17:08:27

Hope you ok catgirl have been thinking about you all day.

ClairesTravellingCircus Thu 11-Apr-13 17:20:59

Hello catgirl

Hope everything was fine today xxx

YoniTooTightToMention Thu 11-Apr-13 17:28:04

Hope everything went okay today catgirl

Have been through the urgent breast referral system it's bloody scary, luckily i was fine.

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 17:28:17

Hello everyone!

Seen the consultant and he is pretty sure its just breast changes from breast feeding

Had a biopsy and a mammogram just be sure and should get the results tomorrow

And SO relieved. And strangely exhausted

Thank for you all so much for getting me through this. You've all made a huge difference to me thanks

everlong Thu 11-Apr-13 17:31:55

I'm really pleased to read this smile

Chill out tonight x

thebody Thu 11-Apr-13 17:34:18

Fantastic that's great news cat. What a relief. Get a nice glass and chill xx

ClairesTravellingCircus Thu 11-Apr-13 17:53:38

That is great news catgirl, I am very happy for you! grin

flaminghoopsaloohlah Thu 11-Apr-13 18:11:23

happy dancing

Go do something for yourself!


catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 18:57:03

I'm going to sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep

I am wiped out!

Ledkr Thu 11-Apr-13 18:57:42

Oh that's great catgirl I bet you feel amazing.
Have a lovely evening.

Alibabaandthe40nappies Thu 11-Apr-13 19:05:24

catgirl I'm so pleased that the consultant is positive. IME they tend to err on the side of caution and not getting hopes up.

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 19:35:35

Thank you both xx

I'm so glad I took Bings advice...just got my NHS appointment in the post for 11 days from much for my GP saying using my BUPA cover wouldn't make difference

Itchywoolyjumper Thu 11-Apr-13 19:49:22

Catgirl, I was thinking about you, I had a lurk on this thread last night but I had nothing sensible to add. So glad its turned out ok.

everlong Thu 11-Apr-13 19:51:25

Yep 14 days isn't a long time in the grand scheme of things but worrying all that time would be awful.

If you've got private health care you may as well use it.

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 19:56:36

14 days is very good really and I do appreciate the NHS but I really appreciate the healthcare I get through work right now and am so glad I didn't have to go through a two week wait

I feel very, very lucky on both counts

I think I will do Race for Life this year

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 19:57:02

Itchy that's lovely - thank you x

everlong Thu 11-Apr-13 19:57:31


Bingdweller Thu 11-Apr-13 20:06:26

Glad all is well catgirl - my job is dealing with patients like yourself amongst many other things. I truly understand the anxiety in waiting and not knowing.

The NHS is absolutely wonderful - I am a malignant melanoma patient who is absolutely indebted to them. On the other hand, when you are in the fortunate position of having private medical insurance then it can be absolutely worth it to use it for a diagnosis and/or treatment if necessary.

Have lots of wine and enjoy your evening!

Themobstersknife Thu 11-Apr-13 20:12:23

Haven't commented before but just wanted to say I am so happy to hear that it all probably looks ok, and that you will know for sure very quickly. I had similar symptoms, but ended up waiting three months to get the all clear, due to a mixture of inconclusive tests and a bit if incompetence on the hospital's part. The waiting was dreadful.
Good luck for tomorrow.

catgirl1976 Thu 11-Apr-13 20:33:24

Bing your advice has made a huge difference! smile

Themobster I am so sorry you had to wait so long for your results sad But so happy it was good news when it came

I rather wish I could buy every one of you a great big drink

Maybe one day at a meet up grin

Fantastic news so far!!! grin

toffeelolly Thu 11-Apr-13 21:50:30

Great new's catgirlwine

marriedinwhiteagain Thu 11-Apr-13 22:37:38

Sounds good - check in tomorrow with the results and hopefully we can break open the bubbly.

slightlysoupstained Fri 12-Apr-13 10:58:43

Sounds great catgirl, hope you get the final bit cleared up today so you can enjoy weekend!

YoniAWintersTale Fri 12-Apr-13 15:31:36

Biopsy results back and clear!!!!!

Mammogram results won't be back till Monday but consultant expects them to be the same

Such brilliant news

Thank you all so so so much

wine all round xxx

redwellybluewelly Fri 12-Apr-13 15:34:35


well done! Brilliant!

now go book a holiday!

YoniTooTightToMention Fri 12-Apr-13 15:40:09

Fabulous news grin

slightlysoupstained Fri 12-Apr-13 15:43:29

raises glass of wine

everlong Fri 12-Apr-13 16:30:53

Yay brilliant

Jestrin Fri 12-Apr-13 17:00:28

Great news Catgirl

marriedinwhiteagain Fri 12-Apr-13 19:26:41

smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile smile. Sorry read grins for that lot grin wine phew

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Apr-13 19:51:19

Thank you for all the support,good wishes and grins everyone x


You are all wonderful and you really helped me through a scary time thanks

Alibabaandthe40nappies Fri 12-Apr-13 20:04:26

Yay that is fab news! wine

Bingdweller Fri 12-Apr-13 20:21:33

Yay! Fab news! In fact so good, i will have a wine for you right now grin

catgirl1976 Fri 12-Apr-13 20:36:08

Yes ..... everyone have a wine

I would pour you all very large ones if I could grin

Fightlikeagirl Fri 12-Apr-13 23:10:20

Great news grin

toffeelolly Sat 13-Apr-13 00:31:52

Just read this great new's wine

catgirl1976 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:11:43

Went back for my follow up.

Mammogram on the breast they did the biospy on is fine (M2) but they want to do an ultrasound to be sure

The other breast which I had no worries on showed a "slight step in the breastplate and shadowing" which they have classed as M3. (Indeterimate abnormality probably benign)

I really thought the follow up was just a formality sad

I know it will probably be fine and I am trying not to worry. But I am a bit

Any hand holding and positive stories would be very, very lovely thanks

slightlysoupstained Thu 18-Apr-13 20:18:47

It does sound like they're just being careful - hope you don't have to wait too long! If it's in the breast you hadn't even worried about, if there is anything it will be caught super early?

Sending virtual wine and good luck!

imour Thu 18-Apr-13 20:23:07

same as slightlysoupstained has said if anythings wrong it will be caught so early , keep us updated on your progress flowers

catgirl1976 Thu 18-Apr-13 20:27:12

Thank you [thank]

And thanks for the virtual wine

I am going to focus on the fact the are just being cautious and how lucky I am to live in a country where this level of care and checking is avaliable.

And drink wine until I think I will be able to sleep smile

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