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should I be worried about swollen lymph glands in my neck and right breast?

By September 28, 2014 - 5:20am
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Just wanted to let you know that I am ok.
They found several cysts after performing a few more tests.
So happy all benign!

October 1, 2014 - 9:46am
HERWriter Guide (reply to momof3bbs)

momof3bbs - That's fantastic news! I'm so happy for you!!!

Hope you found a nice way to celebrate, and you gave yourself a pat on the back for your quick action to take care of this! Also hope that the pain is subsiding and you're feeling better now.

Take care,


October 1, 2014 - 5:01pm

I did get a call today. They want me to go in for more
testing. They said it could take 2 hrs.
the nurse who called back was a little rushed. She did say they saw a shaded area. What should I expect tomorrow?

September 30, 2014 - 4:57pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to momof3bbs)

Hi momof3bbs,

Basically they will be looking for more information. They will most likely take additional images, like you had with the mammogram, to get a closer look at the area they said was shaded. They may also do an ultrasound exam as that will provide a different type of image than traditional x-rays or digital images provide. Ultrasound isn't painful. It's another type of imaging that uses high-frequency sound waves to look at organs and structure in the body.

During an ultrasound test, you lie on a table. A special technician or doctor moves a device called a transducer over part of your body. The transducer sends out sound waves, which bounce off the tissues inside your body. The transducer also captures the waves that bounce back. The ultrasound machine creates images from the sound waves.

Between the first and second set of imaging tests, it could easily take the two hours they stated, or even longer. Since you are being called back in they may even have a system in place for a breast radiologist to read the results remotely while the technician is doing the ultrasound. This speeds up the diagnostic process.

Be sure to ask if they have the records from your last mammogram for comparison, and be sure to ask them when you can expect results, and if you can wait for results if they are trying to get you same day results. Depending on what they find, they may suggest you have a biopsy. Many imaging centers also do biopsies.

If the results there are inconclusive you may have even more imaging tests ahead of you. I don't mean to scare you, just trying to prepare you.

I'm glad you're getting in quickly but also know that this may be making you more apprehensive. As I said before, it can help to bring along a friend, and it can also help to plan a bit of a wind down afterwards, like maybe some kind of special coffee or treat or something at a relaxing place where you can talk with your friend before heading home.

Take care, I wish you the best.


September 30, 2014 - 6:51pm

Hi Pat,
I called the imaging center today after calling my go office
this morning only to find out it has not been read yet.
Is it normal for it to take this long?

September 30, 2014 - 10:46am
HERWriter Guide (reply to momof3bbs)

No, where I live they are read the same day. You can even wait to get the preliminary information verbally before the written report is completed. I would call the imaging center and ask to speak to a manager and ask if he/she can accelerate the process for you. I had to do that in the past when I went to a center that caused a lot of worry by failing to get my past records and use them in reviewing new results. That reminds me, it will be helpful to make sure these new images are compared to those from your last mammogram. Hope that helps and hope you get answers soon.

September 30, 2014 - 11:37am

I did call today and ask for results but missed the call back. They did leave a message asking me to call tomorrow morning at 7:30 am. I am worried. Thank you for the advice, I will update.

September 29, 2014 - 6:09pm
HERWriter Guide (reply to momof3bbs)

Do you have a friend who can be with you when you call and go with you when you see your doctor? It can help a lot to have someone who can take notes and help you understand everything they say. Let me know what you learn, and how we can help. Take care.

September 29, 2014 - 6:10pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

I do. I just thought it was an odd time to call them back. I will update you as soon as I can. Glad I found this site:)

Thank you

September 29, 2014 - 6:15pm
HERWriter Guide

Hi momof3bbs -

Welcome to EmpowHER and thanks for your question!

Have you been sick recently. Generally, lymph nodes or glands become swollen due to an infection or virus. The most common cause of swollen glands is an upper respiratory infection such as the common cold.

Swollen lymph nodes, however, can also indicate cancer. These include cancers that originate from the lymph nodes or blood cells such as leukemias and lymphomas. They may also be cancers that spread from another organ in the body. For example, lung cancer can spread to the lymph nodes around the collar bone and breast cancer can spread to the lymph nodes in the underarm.

Swollen lymph nodes are not always a sign that there's a disease, sometimes we just have them and no definitive cause is ever found. 

How long have you experienced the lymph swelling in your neck and breast? If you have not had any obvious sign of an infection you may need to contact your medical provider for an evaluation.  Let us know what you decide to do and what you learn.

Best regards,



September 28, 2014 - 1:06pm
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