• New lump in other breast

    Asked by cindiolsen on Monday, April 28, 2014

    New lump in other breast

    I finished treatment 14 months ago. My oncologist found a new lump, in the other breast. Has anyone else had a relapse after treatment of Stage 1A in the other breast?

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    • geekling's Avatar

      I dunno about others but another "lump" may be a benign cyst or it may mean your doc was too full of himself to check the other breast properly 14 months ago.

      How do you suppose it is that your doctor can find things you cannot?

      I'd go for a second independent opinion before following this doctor's advice again. Even so, I would want an encapsulated cyst removed with clear margins.

      over 7 years ago
    • walkingon's Avatar

      This may not be a "relapse" of your original cancer. It could be a new primary cancer, not a metastasis, and it may not even be triple negative as was your first tumor. If this new cancer is hormone-receptor positive, then the treatment for your first tumor may not have affected it.

      Also, this "new" lump may have already been present in your second breast during your original treatment but may have been too small to spot, even on MRI and even following MRI-guided biopsies. I speak from experience -- I was diagnosed in December with synchronous (at the same time) bilateral breast cancer. They are not the same cancers, although they are both invasive ductal carcinoma, stage 1a. I had had an MRI
      which showed three suspicious places in the second breast that were all biopsied -- and yet the invasive tumor, .5 cm, was still not detected until the pathologists took another look following bilateral mastectomy.

      Neither of my tumors could be felt by me or my doctors, and they were not visible on mammogram, ultrasound or MRI. There were enough suspicious changes to lead to a stereotactic, ultrasound and MRI-guided biopsies, and even then only surgery found them. I would not blame your doctor.

      That said, this could indeed be a relapse. We are all subject to those occurring at any time for the rest of our lives, unfortunately. Those are "risk of recurrence" statistics they tell us about. I am very sorry you have to go through all this a second time.

      over 7 years ago
    • georgiamerlyn's Avatar

      First let your doctor analyze and diagnose what the lump is-I have several that are just part of aging-benign and typical. However, was told if had recurrence would be in the other breast. Glad made decision to have partial in one breast-prognosis as good as having mastectomy. Get the facts before letting your imagination run away. We are all nervous because now know any routine checkup can quickly become an emergency. Fears ease with years.

      over 7 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      My onco doc said that if TNBC comes back, it's usually in another organ or the other breast. I am 11 months out from chemo for TNBC Stage 1A. I read your post this morning and did a self-exam immediately, even before coffee.

      Good luck to you - please post a follow up.

      over 7 years ago
    • dmholt1957's Avatar

      Try not to worry before you need to worry. Make sure your doctor checks it out thoroughly and good luck. I pray that it is nothing to be concerned about. Please let us know what is going on. God bless and good luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • moreorless' Avatar

      I had biopsy in Jan 2001 right breast results positive. November 2001 masdectomy was good but I felt lump Had biopsy Dec 26 2001 again positive surgery followed by radiation and chemo in 2011 cancer found in colon chemo again slowed it down but did not stop it Dr tell me they have a drug that might slow it down again but that same drug also caused complete loss of hearing after one treatment along with about 15 of the othe common side effects. so now I am just praying that GOD,s will be done. Many tines if cancer found on one side it will be found later on other side hopefully you will have better luck with treatments.

      over 7 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      i'm so sorry that you have uncovered a new lump. my sincere hope is that it's a stupid boring cyst, or something similar.... that is the most probably explanation - one that i hope turns out to be true!

      please do post an update!!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • Griffin's Avatar

      You are in my prayers, keep us posted on the results.

      over 7 years ago

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