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Worried about change of shape of breast

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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi ash,

Mine has been a bit of a circus really, nothing to do with anyone's fault, but because I have been so insistent. My results were in keeping with a fibraodenoma which was removed on Wednesday. However, a second mass has been located and I am preparing for the next round of clinic, know what to expect this time! Although, I do want to settle down after surgery, so once the histolgy comes back, I will then instruct my GP for my second referral, although that said, I received another letter from clinic yesterday asking me to call to book an appointment, so I will do later this week! While I am still in no no land, I feel much more able to cope now, with the waiting, because I have trust in the service... I do know that I do not have anything invasive, I do know that the first lump removed was 99% a fibraodenoma, however, I don't know what the second lot is, I don't know for sure that I am not totally out of the woods, but I do know that I am on the edge and can see some light!

It is about being vigilant, this is what I have found, we are responsible for our own bodies and health and to learn about what we face, certainly as age, that;s how I coped, asked lots of questions and listened to what I was being told.

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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

hi ash
in oct 10, i went to my GP cuz found lump, she said it was due to my cycle, and to come back in 6 weeks, this gave me a false sense of security, i was preparing for xmas and never went back. it was a large lump. to cut a long story short in jan 11 got a letter for my first ever routine mammogram and with in days my life changed. since then i have had 2 ops, chemo, RT,. SOOOO trust me go back, what ever the outcome.
yvonne xxxx

stellam
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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi Ash,
I was also told by the consultant that it was nothing to worry about , he told me he wasnt clinically concerned and said it was just a thickening of the breast tissue, but did a FNA to keep me quiet i think.
I had to insist that my own Dr refer me to the breast clinic because he ket saying he wasn't worried! it took 3 visits to convince him and he even told me he was referring me for my own piece of mind.
This was 2 1/2 years ago and I had the works, quadrantdectomy, chemo, rads & 5 years of tamoxifen.
It's your body Ash , no one else's.... My advice would be to follow your gut instincts throughout your BC journey and if they are not listening to you, stamp your feet if you feel the need to.
Big hugs coming your way,
Stella x

debh
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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi Ash,

It is your right to go back and ask for a second opinion they cannot refuse, I was in a similar situation to herbidacious1 and I had three areas of bc that could not be felt.

I was sent away from my doctors nine months previous to my diagnose as they said there was nothing wrong, the only symptom I had was that my nipple looked a bit different, it wasnt significantly different but noticeable, I went back to the drs nine months later and they still said there was nothing wrong but I insisted that they sent me to the hospital for a check up and thank goodness I was so persisant.

I am not trying to scare you at all yours may be absolutely nothing to worry about the chances are it is nothing but if you are still worried I would not hesitate to get your mind put at rest its better than living with the fear.

Wishing you all the best, let us know how you get on.

Debxx

ash1983
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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Ladies, thank you for reason my post and coming back to me. I have decided that I am definitely going to go back to see my GP ASAP, I do feel that something isn't right and I will continue to worry until I've been checked out again (properly). I've read that mammograms are not ideal for people my age so I am going to ask specifically for an ultra sound next time I am seen. I am just so worried (and annoyed that I wasn't checked properly the first time). I keep trying to be positive and remind myself that not all changes are cancer.

Sommer43, the letter only told me when and where, it didn't have any other information at all :o( you did not mention how your results turned out but I hope that you are well!

Herbi, I wish you all the very best with your treatment!! Kick it's ass!!!!

xxx

herbidacious1
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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi ash,
I would definitely go back. Don,t let them make you feel silly, it,s your health at stake and it is their job, for which they are well paid to reassure you. I was diagnosed with BC in Nov and the only obvious sign was a flattening on the lower part of my breast. My gp referred me even though she didn't,t think it was anything and when I first saw the consultant he examined me and couldn't,t feel anything but decided to do a mammogram as I live a long way from hospital . Turns out I had two areas of cancer, one of which no one , not even me had felt. I,m not trying to scare you but you shouldn't,t be fobbed off either,
All the best , hope this helps
Herbi x

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Re: Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi ash,

If you are worried, and have noticed changes, then go back to your GP for a referral again and tell him/her that your concerns have not been addressed.

If your GP referred you, which is normally the case, then there was enough concern from your GP to warrant a clinic referral, also ask your GP if they have received a letter from the clinic as they can log on to the system and receive the information! This snippet of information I found out from my GP who is brilliant and told me to give her a call so that she can chase up my final histology, she can simply go to the system and get you the information.

When you received your clinic appointment, did you not receive a letter giving you information about the procedures you could be having?

For me, my letter stated that I would have an examination then I would have the mmg and the us and if necessary an FNA and finally, a core biopsy, I had all four rounds of tests!

Sometimes, any change is not palpable, (able to be felt) so if he felt that there was nothing palpable, then he would not see the need for further testing unless there was a visual change.

Go back and speak with your GP, if you are seeing a change, then you need to inform them, nothing wrong with being vigilant and wanting the reassurance that you are fine!

ash1983
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Worried about change of shape of breast

Hi everyone, my name is Ashleigh, I'm 28 and I live in Glasgow. I am quite worried about breast cancer and was looking for some reassurance if possible. 

I went to the doctor at the beginning of February as I wanted him to check my breasts. I had noticed a small area above my areola  where you could see the blood vessels (small) more and this area also looked a little flat/indented (like a bump in the road). To be fair it isn't flat/indented  all the time but it was sometimes. My doctor looked me over and said that to be on the safe side he would refer me to the breast clinic. 2 weeks later I received my appointment for the clinic for 6th March. 

I attended my appointment and to be honest I didn't feel any better when I came out. The doctor had me take my top off and lie on the bed and he spent literally 2 minutes pressing my breasts (he did not ask me to change position at any time, it was all done lying down) and then when he was done he told  me "clinically you are fine, I have no concerns". I spent longer asking him questions than the time it took him to examine me. He explained that the reason you could see the blood vessels was because the skin on my breasts is quite thin and that the flat part/slight indent was due to "environmental factors" I.e being cold.   The advice he gave me was to moisturise. 

When I left I still felt uneasy, I felt like I hadn't been examined properly but also felt that I was being daft as I had a mole scare in December and now I  worried about my breasts so I just put it down to a little health anxiety and tried to let the uneasy feeling go. 

Yesterday morning I was moisturising as advised and lifted my right had behind my head and I noticed a small indent under my right breast, I leaned forward and it became even more obvious, it is a change to the shape of my breast.  To say I am petrified would be an understatement. I am tempted to go back to my GP  but I am worried that they will think I am crazy?  I hadn't noticed that indent before to be able to let the specialist know to get him to check it but then I think of there was something there he would have felt it?  The GP also didn't notice/mention it when he checked me originally. 

I suppose my question is should I go back to the GP for another referral or should I trust that the specialist who checked me over  is very experienced and knows what he is doing and would have felt it?  

I have no idea though how I will get through another 4 weeks for the specialist appointment if I am successful in getting one, I can barely function with worry :o(

I appreciate your time for reading this and sorry for such a long story x