• Lump in palm of hand.

    Asked by debsweb18 on Saturday, April 13, 2013

    Lump in palm of hand.

    This is probably not related to my breast cancer, but it's on the same side. I suddenly developed a lump in the palm of my hand this week. It doesn't hurt, but is not going away. Has anyone experienced this? Is this something you would see you primary care physician about or your oncologist?

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    • medicgirl05's Avatar

      I am having a similar problem. Lump on ankle. I went to a walk-in clinic because I wasn't sure what to do. After hearing my history they wouldn't look at or touch it. They sent me for an MRI. I did that yesterday, now just waiting for results to see where I will go. I'm sorry I can't really offer advice. I feel like my experiences have made me a hypochondriac, yet I don't want to bother my oncology team for nothing. I would definitely suggest getting it checked somewhere.

      over 7 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I really don't think there is any relation to the two. There are many reasons why you can have this issue from a calcium deposit or a ligament injury that produced scar tissue. Not everything will be related to your disease. While it is always good to be cautious and observant to any change, logically, it is a reach, as bones in the hand are small and the hand is very vascular. Sometimes a swan can walk like a duck too. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 7 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Dear debsweb18,

      Hi. I'm Aliza, a BC patient and the site's unofficial Medical Librarian. Med Librarians offer advice (usually non medical [against our ethics to offer med advice [also a bit illegal as it's practicing medicine without a license]), but I offer referrals to doctors, hospitals/institutions, agencies, etc. and research when required/requested. Because I went on the site in my professional capacity I really do stick to the above, but I am allowed to speak from my personal experience as well as those of my family and close friends.

      You mention a lump in the palm of your hand. My late Mom, a professional watercolorist, who was right handed, in her elderly years, developed a large golf ball sized cyst on her right palm which was difficult for her as she could no longer paint or tie her shoes. She did eventually have it removed (it was complicated by the fact that she was my Dad's primary caregiver and he had CLL), but the scar tissue was stiff and still prevented her from painting and doing a few other chores.

      After that long-winded anecdote, what I'm suggesting is perhaps the possibility of a cyst-but you need to check with your oncologist above all other docs.

      I'm a Lupus patient.as well. Once while seeing my rheumatologist (doc who deals with Lupus, arthritis, etc.), I showed her a small lump on my foot that concerned me. She told me it was nothing,, a cyst. I accepted that, after all she was an MD. The next year I sprained my ankle badly and needed an orthopedist. While I was with him, I showed him that "cyst " and he turned pale and referred me up to his friend,, an Orthopedic Oncologist, at a renowned teaching hospital in NYC. I had surgery for a tumor for a rare kind of bone cancer that fortunately turned out to be benign, but I must be checked every year because the reoccurrence rate for that kind of tumor is 50%. So sometimes, what can look extremely ordinary to an uninformed doc will be very significant to another who's savvy. I'm not trying to scare you. But I think your oncologist is the best physician to show the lump on your palm and I wouldn't wait long.

      Make that call, see her/him and report back and let us know how you're doing.

      Wishing you well.

      Warm wishes,

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I would ask your oncologist about it. I'm wondering if it's a strange presentation of lymphedema.

      over 7 years ago
    • Benge's Avatar

      Did you have any lymph nodes removed on the same side? I have what they call auxiliary web syndrome and have 2 lumps in the path of one of the cords. My physical therapist told me she had a couple of other patients with the same thing and they did go away. It has something to do with the web syndrome.
      I would have your oncologist check it out though. He sent me for an ultrasound to make sure I have a good blood flow and it's not a blood clod and I was fine!

      over 7 years ago
    • Gabba's Avatar

      This could also be a ganglion cyst...either your PCP or oncologist should be able to tell. You can start with your PCP who will refer you if he thinks you need further work up. Once diagnosed with cancer it is so hard to imagine that a headache can be a headache and not a sign of a brain tumor! We all go through this to some degree so you are not alone in this...please let us know how things turn out. Good luck and God bless!

      over 7 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      I had a very small lump, split-pea sized) appear on or next to the vein on my inside wrist (pulse point I think). This was on the same side as my surgery.

      As I was seeing the radiologist daily at the time, I asked him. He thought it was likely a nerve ganglion type thing. But he did a blood test to rule out a possible clot. Per his recommendations I used some warm water soaks for a short period of time. It has disappeared. ABSOLUTELY let your doc know about this.

      over 7 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      Forgot to mention that the lump disappeared on its own within 2-4 weeks.

      over 7 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      Thanks for all of your answers. My next appointment with my onc isn't for another 2 months. I'm suppose to have a PET/CT scan before I see him due to nodules found in various locations found during bad winter colds. I thought I was going to get a break! I'm not quite 2 year into this and I was just starting to a have a period of time without worrying about recurrance or mets, even in spite of having various nodules! I put the upcoming scan in the back of my mind. I guess I better call on Monday....

      Gwyndolyn, I was wondering if that could be a possibility. After searching the net (which I shouldn't do for self diagnosis) I'm actually more concerned about it being Dupuytren’s contracture.

      Benge-yes it's on the same side where I had lymph nodes removed.

      Thanks again for all of your answers. It's nice to feel you're not alone!

      over 7 years ago
    • Ladykarla's Avatar

      Honey, its very likely not related but since you are under the care of an oncologist, I,myself, would call his/her nurse and report it. Leave it up to them. It is very likely no big deal, but you would be reporting it and being proactive might make you not worried about it. They see all kinds of things and may refer you to your general practitioner to take care of it. Keep us posted.

      over 7 years ago

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