Extra lump found

I have had a mastectomy and after the op was told I had a lobular cancer hiding behind my original ductal one. Not Hr2 + waiting to see if I need chemo after oncotype results.
I am now worried that I could have cancer in my other breast as I know this is a sneaky cancer. The original cancer didn’t show up on mammogram scan or biopsy before op. Maybe it could be there and I wouldn’t know as in my first breast. Advice would be amazing as I am now worried and still not got results from my first op.
Thank you

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Hello clobo1

Thank you for your post.

Mammograms are the best way to screen or assess the breast tissue for breast cancer. However, as you say, lobular breast cancer can be more difficult to see on a mammogram than other types of breast cancer.

As your lobular cancer was not seen on mammogram or ultrasound, it is understandable that you are concerned about how effective the mammogram was in detecting any changes in your other breast. You should ask your treatment team about this when you see them at your results appointment and how they plan to follow-up your other breast.

Follow-up after breast cancer is usually with mammogram on the other breast. You may be concerned that follow-up mammograms will not be effective in detecting changes, but it is still a useful tool in picking up early changes.

It’s not currently standard practice to have a follow-up breast MRI scan for breast cancer. However, you can talk to your treatment team about this, as an MRI may sometimes be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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