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Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi Amy

Firstly, welcome to the forums, I'm sure you'll find them a great source of support and information.

This is obviously a very worrying time for you, if you feel it might help to talk to someone, do call our Helpline, they can offer support and information or just a listening ear if you need one. They're on 0808 800 6000 and are open Weekdays 9-5 and Saturday 10-2.

Also, we have a factsheet which explains what might happen at your visit to the breast clinic, here's the link if you would like to read it:

http://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/worried-about-breast-cancer/referral-breast-clinic-bcc70

Kind regards.

Louise, Facilitator

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hiya , im new to this but just wanted to message you ladies and see if you have Any information at what goes on when you have been referred to a breast clinic .
Ive just been the doctors today with two lumps in my breast im 23 and worried as she said with a family history (my mum had breast cancer in her 30s treated successfully then has got secondary cancer now in both lungs) and being able to feel the most obvious lump that she is referring me. I am obviously worried and scared as i dont know what to expect and also as im pregnant!!! I found the lumps before i was pregnant so i know pregnancy hasnt cased the lumps to appear , i would love for some advice please ladies on what happens at the breast clinic and how you all delt with the waiting and things ,
Thanks for reading 🙂
Amy xxx
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thank you all xxxx
In timely fashion, I've signed up for the MoonWalk. I hope to raise a decent amount, and contribute in some way. As I've said, the wonderful people of this forum will be in my thoughts and prayers. xxx

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

This is the third post I've read today where everything has turned out well... Its wonderful wonderful news Im so pleased for you. Roll on Christmas and have the time of your life!!! Here's to love, peace, good health and happy days! Big hugs xxxx

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That's the best news I have heard this week, so pleased for you. Take carexx

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So pleased you have a good result. You can get back to living your life again, after having had it on hold. That's fantastic.
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Wonderful news, what a relief! 🙂
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Thats fantastic news you must be very happy. So pleased for you xxx

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Lovely news so pleased for you x x
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Well I'm delighted to report thee mammo and scan brought up absolutely nothing sinister.
I'm very very relieved. The breast care nurse said it is probably simply bodily changes as I age. (Lovely, thank you, I'm 33!). BUT whatever the reason, they cannot find anything nasty, and gratefully I can get back to living without worry.
Thank you all SO SO SO much for your support, and I sincerely wish all of you the very best, and will not forget you in my thoughts and prayers.
xxx

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Sending strength, love and light today... I will be thinking of you and wishing for the positive outcome that we all want for you xxx

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Thinking of you today. Hope all goes well and you get the answers you want to hear x x
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Hope all goes well today. Kieeping my fingers crossed for you.
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi funmum3,
I have just come across these posts and want to wish you all the best for tomorrow. Keeping everything crossed for you xx
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Well tomorrow is the appointment. After just over 2 weeks I've rached a crazy place where part of me thinks I've been a complete drama queen and there's absolutely nothing there and it's all in my imagination, and the other part is thinking it's some hard to find cancer that's making my boob shrink. So I don't know.
Hopefully they'll find something irritating but harmless that has been cause for the oddness. I will let you know xxxx
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

sdfmeg, thanks for that advice, I rang and they said they don't tend to get cancellations, people just don't bother to turn up (which is disgusting isn't it?) but they took my number to ring if there is a chance i can get in at short notice. Lucieloo1 I don't know, i haven't got it in my family that i can think of, but dr said a lot of cancers aren't hereditary, so I'm holding on to that hope, but still worrying
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi all i have had my appointment for the 26th of nvember, im so scared but i feel like im causing a mountain out of a molehill as i dont know what lump is and also im due to have a operation on the 27th. Im a nevous wreck just wish i could go now and see what it is then i can concerntrate on getting ready for christmas. Can i ask a q? if bc not in family is that a good sign? or doesnt it matter?
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Might be worth phoning them and saying you can take an appointment at short notice if they have a cancellation?
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thanks all for your kind support 😉 It does seem as we are all in the same boat.Good luck Funmum3 😉 fingers crossed for you and all the other ladies here 😉
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thank you. I'm sure it will pass long enough. I did read somewhere that at busy times the wait can be longer but still within two weeks. And it's within two weeks of them receiving the letter I guess. Well I've managed a week of waiting, another 12 days will pass soon enough I guess.
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi funky thats the schedule they've given me my apps tomorrow- I'm in West Yorkshire - it's been hard enough waiting for the tests let alone results x

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi Funmum3
I'm so sorry you have waited so long for your appointment but in answer to your question.... I went to the Dr's on the Friday and he booked me an appointment at the one stop clinic for the following Friday from his PC. I had the mammogram, ultra sound scan and core biopsy that day and my results were back the following Wednesday.

I know that different trusts work differently but you do appear to have waited a long time for your appointment and now that you have it it must seem like a long way off still.
It's been said many times on here but the waiting game is the worst bit.
Let us know how you get on
Best wishes
Funki x
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Everything crossed fun mum - I've tried to distract myself with cleaning- kids- baking etc x
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi babybaby, big hugs to you.
Well finally a letter came for an appointment Tuesday 27th. Crap. Long long wait still. But at least it's an appointment.

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi Lucie and babybaby,
We all seem to be in the same boat, I am still waiting on ultrasound appointment, as been referred by GP.
Don't GOOGLE, it just comes up with worse case situations, stick to this website and chat room, as the woman on here are great support don't know what I would of done without them for the past month or so.
Mine is thickening in right boob and nipple changes I am 33 with a young child, the waiting is so horrible and it seems to go on forever, but keep busy with kids or things you like doing. I like baking so have baked 2 xmas cakes, 2x puddings and made mincemeat just to keep busy when at home and mind goes into overdrive!
Feel free to Pm me or chat on here
Hugs to all todayxxx

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Hello babybaby


Welcome to the forums, this must be a very difficult time for you. I’m sure other users will be along to support you soon.


Maybe you would like to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer emotional support as well as practical information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.


Best wishes


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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi there,I'm also new to all of this ;).I found a lump about 6 weeks ago in my breast,visited the doctor to have it checked out and se thought it was realted to shaving ? and menstual cycle.I accepted that and said Id return if it remained or changed in any way. Ive been worried sick now for the past weeks and returned to the doctor this week.
She said that she would refer me to a clinic also, but like Funmum3 it was the urgency in her voice that worried me.
Now i notice that my breast has dropped a little and the lump is more noticeable ;( to me.
The waiting is awful as I'm searching all the sites for symptoms and diagnosis ;( and worrying my self sick.
I was looking forward to this Christmas but have this hanging over my head is not helping my cheeriness.
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hugs lucie. xxxx
The waiting game is horrid. Still no letter for me today. Maybe tomorrow. xxx

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi lucieloo1 and welcome to the BCC forums

In addition to the support and shared experiences you have here please feel free to call our helpliners to talk through your concerns, lines open 9-5 weekdays and 10-2 Saturday on 0808 800 6000

I am posting a link to the BCC 'Worried' page where you will find a publication about what to expect at your breast clinic appointment which I hope you will find useful:

http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/worried

Take care

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hey there i am exactly the same. Im 33 and found a thickeneing on the top of my breast, so i thought id go to the doctors which i did on Monday. I was laughing with the doctor saying i thought i was being a bit over the top worrying. Then after her examination the mood changed with her and she said get changed and we will have a little chat. She said there is somthing there and i need to refer you asap. I am a quivering wreck to say the least. I keep feeling my boob to see what it is because where i showed her id felt the differnce is not where she kept feeling and i have examined where she kept feeling and can feel like a marble. Im so scared i too have 3 children and can not begin to imagine who will look after themif i am ill. I am hoping and preying that this is just a cyst and so glad i have found you and this wesite so i can talk to someone. I hope you are ok and hope you dont mind talking to me.
Lucie
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thank you suzee xxx That's very quick, hopefully letter will be here in next couple of days then.
I will stop googling and wait and see what the outcome is. Google, the double edged sword. Hugs to you, glad it is working. xxx

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

hi, i went to doctors on a thurs got letter for hospital on sat and appointment was for the tues so very quick, mine did turn out to be breast cancer, but they treating it with chemo first having my 3rd round on monday next week so far not to bad saw consultant before 2nd round and she had a feel of lumps and said that they had shunk abit so it working.
please don't google as you only find the worst stories never any with good outcomes, read a post on here yesterday from a lady who is 30 years past dx and treatment. i know its hard but try not to stress to much
big hugs xx
suzee

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi,
Try not to google as you'll find lots of worst case situations, stay on here and everyone will support you or phone the helpline, if you feel the need to chat with someone.
I know I find myself also constantly checking as I have no lump just hardening and pain, it's strange.
Take carex

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Yes! The pain and the hardening! But then I think, am I imagining the hardening, is it really different to the other side?
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thank you shelly.
I work at my kids school a bit, so at least they take my mind off it for some of the day. But I can't help constantly checking, and wondering if I'm imagining it or if there's something more than I can see. And then stupidly I read up about all the cancers, and start making up a whole host of "what if's"!
Reading the forums here is inspirational, such strong ladies and men, and here am I just waiting for an appointment, and in no place to complain or panic

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi,
I waited about 7 days between doctors and getting the phone call for an appointment which was 3 days after that.
The waiting is awful and you can't think of nothing else, but feel free to rant as most of us are in the same boat.
Take care xx

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Well, still no letter or phonecall from clinic. I know it was the weekend, so I'm probably at the bottom of a pile. But this waiting is horrible.
How long did people wait between drs appt and referral to clinic?
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Thank you wintersocks, I've pm'ed you

Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Funmum3
My breast (now mastectomy (MX)) shrunk significantly and I also had a 'hardening tissue' area. I had pain in that breast too.
It is really hard to not panic, but please try to remember that something like 9 out of 10 presentations at the breast clinic turn out to be benign.
But yes, it is undeniably very very frightening but do try to take things a step at at a time if you can. If you want to know more about my diagnosis/symptoms I am happy for you to PM me. Otherwise, please remember there are a lot of lovely ladies who will help and support you as you go through this. Any question you want to ask will be answered by someone on here.

Best Wishes
WSx

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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Thank you liz.
It's terrifying, isn't it? The more I look, the more convinced I am, and the harder the waiting feels.
I don't know what answers I expect really, I know nothing is certain until the tests are done, but i guess is there anyone who's boob did shrink, and that was a significant symptom along with lumps?
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

So sorry you have had to join us! All I can offer is virtual support as I have no idea about your condition.

Hope someone comes along soon who can offer more!

HUGS and Best Wishes

Liz x
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Re: Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

I've noticed also that my boob with the lump has shrunk. Did anyone notice their boob shrink as a sign, or could it be something completely harmless. It's always been a bit smaller, like a cup size smaller than the other boob, but noe it's 2 or 3 cup sizes smaller.
And it's tingling
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Found lump, doctor referred me to breast clinic

Hi,
a newbie here, I did try to post before, I'm not sure if my post has to be moderated, maybe, and I'm double posting.
Anyway, I found a lump on Thursday, I was getting out of the bath, and felt a pulling pain in my left boob. When I felt it I felt a lump and hardening. Naturally I went into a blind panic, but fortunately got an appointment the next day for my doctors surgery (can't praise them enough).

The doctor seemed pretty thorough and found the area I was concerned about. She said straight away she'd refer me. It was the way she said it though "It may NOT be breast cancer". Now I know they can't give false hope, but I was thinking has she noticed something else?
So now I'm just waiting for the referral, hoping it will be sooner rather than later, because every day is dragging, and I'm reading far too much on google.
Fortunately the breast cancer stories I know personally have happy outcomes, both my mother in law and my husband's cousin have come out the other side, and there is no history of it in my own family. But then the doctor said it isn't necessarily hereditary.
I'm very emotional at the moment, but I'm 34 in January and have a gorgeous husband and 3 wonderful boys, the oldest being only 10. If it is breast cancer, then what are they going to have to go through over the next few months?
But mostly, at the moment, it's the waiting, the going through worst case scenarios.

Thank you for reading. I feel like a fraud as I haven't even had a mammogram yet, or ultrasound, I just have lumps and thickness, and of course, the more I feel my boob now, the more lumps I seem to feel.

Miranda