Intraductal papilloma



I am 40 years old with a family history of breast cancer (both Mum & maternal nan) so I opted to start early mammograms, the first of which I had in October last year, which thankfully came back clear.


A couple of weeks later I noticed a brownish discharge from one nipple and after scans and tests I have been told I have intraductal papilloma.  It appears to be only one duct but I have been recommended to have all the ducts removed from that breast.


I am quite pragmatic; in as far as I didn’t for a second think about saying no to the surgery.  To me if there is something that could be dangerous to me then it is best to get it out now, especially when the consultant tells me they have been known to go pre-cancerous.  They are not hanging around, my appointment was last Monday (21st Jan) and the surgery is booked for Feb 14th.  I have been doing some reading trying to balance my need for knowledge with an understanding than often only the worst case senarios make it to the internet.  


But I am worried about the after effects of the surgery.  The pain side doesn’t really factor into it, it will be what it is and no amount of worrying can make it better, but I am concerned about what it will look like afterwards.  I am not a vain woman, I am overweight and not someone who would be considered to pay alot of attention to my apperance, but I have quite large boobs (38E) and I am very fond of them.  :smileyvery-happy: 


I am worried about how much the shape will change or ending up with an inverted nipple, which seems stupid in the greater scheme of things, but that is where my mind has fixated.  


If anyone who has been through this can offer any reassurance, or can tell me what to expect even if it is not reassuring, I would love to hear from you.  


Sorry for the long winded post, sometimes you just need to let it all out.  


Pet x

Hi Pet37,

Thank you for posting about working through your possible surgery options. 

As you haven’t had a reply from the community yet, do feel free to call our specialist breast care nurses to discuss this, you can reach them on 0808 800 6000.

Take care, 

Becca at Breast Cancer Care.