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I've got a lump...

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sb34 · 27/01/2004 15:36

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willow2 · 30/01/2004 18:28

sb34 - am going through what sounds like the same thing as you. Spent half a day at the hospital on Monday, having mammogram and ultrasound. Was scared stupid but luckily it is just a blocked duct. Try not to worry - I know it is hard - but remember that "nasty" lumps rarely hurt. Good luck and I hope you have the same result.

emmatmg · 30/01/2004 19:06

Sb, I have extra advice to give but just wanted to let you know that I'm another one thinking of you and wishing this horrid phase in your life will pass soon.

Jimjams · 30/01/2004 19:13

Just read this- thinking of you.

Don't worry about different sides being different sizes- that's normal. Mine have always been different sizes and in fact swapped over iyswim after bfeeding.

emmatmg · 30/01/2004 19:42

of course mine should have read 'I have NO extra advice'.....if I had it I would give it, I must concentrate when I type. Sorry.

sb34 · 31/01/2004 00:37

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sb34 · 31/01/2004 00:42

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Cam · 01/02/2004 10:30

sb34, sorry to hear about your scare here, as you know the vast majority of these things are harmless benign cysts and are very common. I guess the waiting is the worst bit so I wish you calmness and strength for this bit. Thinking of you, keep posting. Love Cam xxxxxxxxxxxx

sb34 · 01/02/2004 12:01

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magnum · 01/02/2004 17:28

Just to say thinking of you and I'm sure everything will be fine (easy for me to say, I know). Had a few similar sort of scares myself and know how hard it is not to worry but all mine have been nothing serious. Take care xxx

sb34 · 04/02/2004 20:09

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Hulababy · 04/02/2004 20:10

What a nightmare. Who is at fault? Can you complain?

suzywong · 04/02/2004 20:12

Bunch of monkeys

sb34 · 04/02/2004 20:23

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JJ · 04/02/2004 20:27

What test are you waiting for? Just curious.

JJ · 04/02/2004 20:31

What test are you waiting for? Just curious.

sb34 · 04/02/2004 20:33

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Gilli · 04/02/2004 23:06

SB34 - if the tests are like my experience, they will be a) a mammogram (not painful but weird, having your boob squashed between 2 x-ray sheets!) followed by a consultation with the consultant. If he can see or feel the lump he may ask for an untrasound, usually done there and then. They scan the lump, just like having a baby scan. When I had my u/s, the radiographer said that they could immediately see a 'hot spot' in anything of concern. If, after that they are worried, you might be referred for a needle biopsy of the lump, or as I was, for immediate excision of the lump, followed by a biopsy of it.

More to the point, there are now minimum standards in all areas for referral to a breast clinic. You are entitled to ask your surgery what they are in your area, and also entitled to ask them to fax the referral through. Chase it, you are entitled to the minimum period of stress and worry possible. good luck!

sb34 · 04/02/2004 23:09

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bundle · 05/02/2004 11:28

push them. when I was pregnant with dd2, my gp forgot to write a referral letter - I wanted a nuchal fold measurement, which is obviously time-critical, so I rang my surgery and said I'll wait on the line until you've faxed it through I even got the hospital's fax number for them so they had no excuse...
in the end the nuchal was good and I was satisfied but it's ridiculous that you have to be a pushy cow to get things done properly. do you know which hospital will they be referring you to?

Gilli · 05/02/2004 21:17

SB34 - I have had lumps removed twice - one was a fibroadenoma, one was a cyst, and the third, removed at the same time was breast tissue growing in the wrong place - wierd!

sb34 · 26/02/2004 17:10

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sb34 · 26/02/2004 17:42

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zebra · 26/02/2004 20:07

Have to admit, I think this is one of those cases where it's worth paying for a private consultation. -- if possible, with the same experts you would otherwise wait 16 weeks to see. It's worth finding out if it's an option. If, heaven forbid, this appointment suggests the worst, you go back on the NHS but are now fast-tracked into treatment precisely because you haven't had to wait 16 weeks just to get the initial assessment.

sb34 · 26/02/2004 20:18

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bossykate · 26/02/2004 20:41

hi sb, i really hope this turns out ok, the stats are on your side at your age. you have done everything right and have given yourself the best chance of the most desirable outcome. good luck and i agree you absolutely don't deserve all this. thank god you are someone who can cope. all the best, bkxxx.

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