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Breast Lump - Experiences Please

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Beaubeagle Tue 03-Oct-17 11:18:53

Last week I found a lump in my right breast. It's quite hard, non-movable and about the size of a large pea, just above my nipple. I went to the GP's and have been referred for an ultrasound scan and possible needle biopsy in just over a weeks' time.

My GP told me not to worry too much but did comment that as the lump is hard, I should get it looked at as soon as possible.

I know Dr Google is the enemy but I can't help looking and everything I've seen basically says that if the lump is hard then it's not usually good. I'm trying not to worry but it's difficult. I just wondered if anyone could share their experiences. I'm 35 btw.

HannsG Thu 05-Oct-17 15:00:22

Hi there, I'm in the same position as you. Same sort of lump. I'm 45 and have had to wait the full 2 weeks, appointment next week. Trying to be positive as there are several benign possibilities Xx

Flyingprettycretonnecurtains Fri 06-Oct-17 18:28:46

Ok. So more than likely to be benign BUT if it isn't then they act quickly.

You may not have a mammogram because you are very young. Needle biopsy isn't too bad at all - I went to work afterwards. They use local anaesthetic.

You will then need to wait another two weeks or ten days for results. This is how it works. Stuff gets sent to pharmacology and in this whole thing, they are the most important people. The results take a week, then go to the department meeting, when discussed, then you will have your appt.

Breast care nurses vary but mostly are very good.
There are lots of different sorts of bc. Do not google. Breast cancer care uk is the best for info and has a useful forum. I would allow yourself a period of non- worry after the biopsy because more than likely it is nothing so you are worrying needlessly or if it is a something, worrying about it is going to happen big time when you get the results. Easier said than done. Lots of brisk walking and frantic gardening helped me.

I noticed my little visitor in end of March, was diagnosed 10 April with invasive ductal (easy cancer) hormone receptive. I've had sentinal node biopsy and lumpectomy in May. Had a bit of a bumpy ride clearing margins and now cancer free. Just going through radiotherapy to belt and brace things. I have a nork with a scar but hey. The NHS have been amazing.

All the best to you both.

IncyWincySpiderOnRepeat Fri 06-Oct-17 20:47:00

I had a hard lump just above the nipple in my right breast at the beginning of last year, like yours the doctor commented on the fact that it was hard not soft and scared me silly. I was so worried during the two weeks waiting for the appointment at the hospital.

At the breast clinic they did an ultrasound (no mammogram if you are under 40) and it was clearly a cyst. I had it drained there and then which was painless.

Just wanted to post to say that a hard lump doesn't always mean it's something to worry about...

I know it is impossible but try not to worry, it is most likely to not be sinister.

missmapp Fri 06-Oct-17 20:49:43

I found a lump at the start of the year. I had a scan and biopsy but whilst I had the biopsy the consultant said they were fairly show it was benign as benign smooth edged and non moveable was a good sign. I had the results a week later and all was fine. Hope all goes well for you

Petalflowers Fri 06-Oct-17 21:00:38

Five years ago, I found a pea-sized lump near by nipple. Five years later, celebrated being five years clear of breast cancer by eating two (didn't want to waste the other one in the packet) egg custards.

Yes, I got breast cancer. However, getting breast cancer is not automatically a death sentance and cure rates are good (85%+). Treatmennt can be scary but you get help and good support all the way through.e. I had a lumpectomy and radiotherapy but not chemo. To be honest, at times I felt a fraud because I didn't feel like I had cancer -I was never ill.

The waiting for the appointment and investigation is horrible and i feel you.


Petalflowers Fri 06-Oct-17 21:03:13

Flying pretty - glad you are doing well.

I've heard that for breast cancer it's better to go NHS than private. I had excellant treatment.

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