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Could this be breast cancer?!

By Anonymous January 15, 2015 - 6:20pm
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My mother discovered a painful lump in her breast. She went in and had an ultrasound done. They determined that the lump is a small nodule and she has two swollen lymph nodes. She is so very upset about these findings. She automatically assumes she has been given a death sentence. Other than cancer, is there anything else that could be causing this? She had thyroid cancer about two years ago, so she is really worried now. I should also mention she had a mammogram done about 8 months ago and all was well. She has fibrosystic breasts so mammograms have always made her nervous. Any advice, comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. She is going to see a specialist on Wednesday, but until then I guess we pray and wait...

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Hi Anon

Thanks for your post! 

The good news is that her risk of breast cancer at this time is low - especially since most breast lumps turn out to be benign. And breast cancer at that stage would not be painful. 

Swollen lymph nodes are often caused by the body's reaction to infection.  She may have had a virus in her body or may have had a local infection in her breast.  This swelling can be an indicator of cancer but most cases are not. 

In terms of no blood flow through the mass is also good news as masses with cancer often have blood flow. 

Your mom should in now way view this as a death sentence. She has not been diagnosed with anything yet other than swollen nodes. 

Let us know what the specialist says and advise your mom not to think too far ahead. 



January 16, 2015 - 6:46am
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They also said that their appears to be no blood vessels running through the nodule, if I understood that correctly...

January 15, 2015 - 6:22pm
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