Thank you for your reply, it sounds like you've been waiting for a long time, I'm sorry that you got bad news - it must have been awful after being told you had the all clear.
I have decided I will go back next week and I am prepared for the doctor this time! Hopefully they did get enough cells for analysis so I won't need to have him put the needle in again. I'm sure it will be okay - although every time the phone rings I get the fear that it's the hospital phoning to say they need to speak to me. Hopefully the results will come back and I'll be able to relax 🙂
Also, if you can remember, when you the needle biopsy, did they take bloody fluid out? I saw this and presumed if was normal but then when I was hunting about on the internet (which I know I shouldn't do) I saw something about bloody fluid needing more tests. Although I'm reasoning that if you put a needle into any part of your body there would probably be blood in the sample, so it's probably nothing.
Good luck for when you have your lump removed, thank you again for taking the time to reply to my message.
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I am just looking for some information as I went to the breast clinic today about a lump (I've been waiting for 2 weeks and have been worried sick) and have come away feeling totally confused by the doctor.
I had a ultrasound first and the lady said the lump didn't show on the ultrasound (although she could feel it when she examined me) and she said it didn't look suspicious, so I felt really relieved. Then I went in a saw a male doctor. He was foreign and although he spoke English, I'm not sure if some of it got 'lost in translation'...
He had a really a abrupt attitude and after examining my breast and saying that one side was very lumpy but probably fatty tissue, he said "there is no point putting a needle in because you are very skinny", then said "You will come back in 8 weeks and if it is still there I will try and put a needle in then". (The lump has been the same for the past 6 weeks.)
The thing is, I'm not THAT skinny! I'm a size 10 and I have A/B cup breasts. I asked what he would do if the lump was the same in 8 weeks and he said he would put a needle in then and try and get cells. Then he started saying that the lump is near my chest wall and that he didn't want to puncture my lung. When I explained that I didn't want to wait 8 weeks if there was anything to worry about, he suddenly said he could put the needle in right away (a good thing I'd already done some research because he certainly wasn't about to explain anthing to me!)and didn't mention my lungs again.. although I was feeling slighly nervous!
He said (before he put the needle in) that he thinks there wouldn't be enough cells because the lump is small (my GP put it as 2cm and it easy to feel) and that he might miss it. He said that I will have to go back next week for the results, if no results the have another try with the needle and if there still were not enough cells then I could have it taken out if I was "still concerned".
So, basically I am thinking I should be relieved, but I don't understand what the lump is - if it's fatty tissue then why was he suggesting putting a needle in at all? And I thought the ultrasound would show for definite if it was nothing. I'm also worried that he seems to think it's up to me if the lump is taken out. I certainly don't want it removed just for the sake of it, but I want to be really sure it's okay.
I don't want to see the same man next week and have him sticking a needle in me whilst muttering "I might miss" again. I have been really anxious about today and I now starting to question whether I am slightly mad and if I have actually imagined the lump or not!
Has anyone had experience of being told they were 'too skinny' for needle aspiration? Or has any suggestions on what I should do? I'm in two minds about going back at all - neither the doctor or the ultrasound lady seemed worried and I am quite young (29) so I'm thinking maybe I should just leave it at that (I'm sure they'll ring me if anything shows up, but he told me he thought it would come back saying there weren't enough cells anyway).
Thank you for reading anyway, it was all a bit strange so I feel better just for writing it down.
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Thank you for sharing your experience. I am waiting to be seen at a breast clinic about a lump and it's helpful to read other people's stories and it makes me feel more sensible about getting the lump checked and less like I'm "making a fuss" about nothing.
I hope you are doing well at the moment.
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I was referred to a breast clinic a week ago as a two week referral and am hoping to be seen next week (although the hospital haven't booked the apt yet as they're too busy but they have promised I'll be seen within the two weeks!). I have also been extremely worried and can't seem to stop prodding at the lump I've found or looking for information about it on the internet.
My husband is fed up of me asking him to feel the lump to see if it's bigger or different - he keeps saying I'll "make it worse" by checking it so much! I know I shouldn't worry too much as the doctor said that due to my age the suspicion of cancer is very low. I have been going from convincing myself that it's definitely cancer and that my whole breast will be taken away, to convincing myself that it's fine after all and maybe I should just cancel the apt? I have a little boy and all I can think about sometimes is how he would cope if I wasn't around anymore and that makes me feel really panicky.
My husband isn't very helpful as he keeps saying he knows it's fine and telling me to forget about it - I know he's trying to be positive but he's not a doctor and I wish he could understand how I feel a bit more instead of trying to reassure me all the time. It's not really his fault though - it's just the way he is!
I don't know if it's normal to worry so much - I suppose some people just wait for the apt and put it to the back of their minds? I was told that 9 out of 10 lumps seen as a breast clinic are not cancer, so when I get really panicky I focus on that and it makes me feel a bit better.
I hope your apt goes well, lots of luck,
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I wondered about the 2 week thing - doctor said that she will put 'suspicion of cancer' on the referral but not to worry to much as because of my age and how it feels to her she thinks the suspicion is very low. Maybe it just depends on the area you live in? because she did say they've started a new system and she checked on the computer before saying I'd be seen in two weeks.
I'm sorry you've had to wait so long, that must have been hard. I am trying not to think about the apt but I know I won't relax until I know for certain. Good luck with your apt, I hope you have good news.
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Hi, it's me again already!
I have actually been to the doctors now and saw a nice young doctor who has referred me to the breast clinic at out local hospital. She said I'll be seen within 2 weeks and get a letter next week. She also said she thinks it's a 'breast mouse' so not to worry too much.
I feel fine about that but the doctor said that as well as an ultrasound they are likely to do a fine needle aspiration. Has anyone had this and does it hurt? I just looked on the internet and it seems that you don't have an anasthetic first - I am an absolute wimp and have a low pain threshold do if it's painful I need to know in advance! Also, do they tell you what the scan says on the day or do you have to wait for a letter?
Thank you if anyone can answer my questions.
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I'm 29 and have a 3 year old son. When I was 22 I had a cyst in one of my breasts once and I was wasn't worried as it was obviously a cyst (it was red and close to the surface and it drained easily).
Almost 2 years ago I noticed a big lump in my right breast and went straight to my GP. She felt it and said I have lumpy breasts generally and the bits in my right breast were fibrodemas. I was totally reassured by this - the lumpy sections move around and they feel like lots of little lumps sort of joined together. She did say to keep an eye on it though.
Since then I always check my breasts when I'm in the bath and about a month ago I noticed the lumpy bits felt more firm and noticeable but not enough to worry me. Then, about 3 weeks ago I felt a new lump on the right side where there wasn't one before. It's close down by my ribs (so much that I thought maybe I was feeling my rib at first) and I think it feels quite different from the others. It doesn't move around so freely and it's a lot firmer. If I press my fingers along my rib until I reach that point I can feel a definite sort of 'hump' when I get to that bit. It's not really lump shaped either, it's more like a short stripe going down into my nipple(about the size of a penny but a different shape).
So, I went to see a locum GP as mine was away. She said that my left breast is not lumpy at all, just the right one and that the new bit felt like normal tissue to her (but it doesn't to me!). I have recently been trying to get pregnant again and she said the lump would be normal if I turned out to be pregnant. I hoped I was pregnant this month, but as I got my period a few days ago I know I'm not now. The locum told me to come back in 3 weeks/ 1 month if it didn't go and said I would be sent for a mammogram.
Although it's only been just over 2 weeks, I'm going back to the GP today as I'm so worried! Also, I feel I have to put off trying for a baby until I get it checked, so I don't want to wait too long. In addition I've got my final Uni. exams coming up in May and I'm so distracted I can't revise or do my work.
So, I looked at a breast cancer forum on another site and I saw that some people have fibrodemas biopsied. Can anyone tell me if this is normal? Should I insist that they do this even if the new lump is considered a fibrodema? I saw that a woman had written saying that breast cancer is more likely to develop in a fibrodema and people should always have them removed. This really scared me! Now I'm worrying that I should have had the original lumps investigated and that they may have had cancer in them after all.
Also, is it normal to have a lumpy breast but only on one side? There's nothing at all on my left one. It's totally soft. I feel like the lump I can feel is somehow 'different' to the other ones and I have a bad feeling about it but because of my age (and I have no family history of breast cancer) I don't know if I can insist on having it investigated more.
I know I'll have to ask the doctor later today (a different female locum!) but I just wondered what my rights are if she tells me it's nothing to worry about. I don't want to over-react but I just keep poking at it all the time and every time I do it seems bigger! It appeared at least 3 weeks before my last period so I don't think it's hormonal.
Thank you for reading this,
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