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Why would I have a visible lymph node on my mamogramm?

By June 6, 2013 - 4:38pm
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I went for my first mamogramm last Thursday. I was called to go back today for a more extensive view. They had detected a spot in my right breast. When I entered the room I saw the images of my breast on the screen and I immediately saw the spot in question. It was a large (egg shaped) white spot at the back of my breast near the muscle. After the second set of imaging, I was told that I was going to have an ultra sound. After the ultra sound, the radiologist came into the room and stated that he believed it was a lymph node, and that I would have to go back in 6 months for another mamogramm. He said they would be sending the results/images to my doctor. When I originally was brought back into the room to change into my gown, I asked the woman if I needed to wipe down both of my breasts as I had done with my original mammogram. She replied no that they were only imaging my right breast. I thought my knees were going to buckle beneath me because I had been complaining that my right breast had been bothering me for some time. I am very anxious about speaking to my doctor on Monday. It just so happens that I have an appointment already scheduled with him as he wants to check a cyst that was detected on my uterus 5 years ago while I was pregnant with my youngest child. I am concerned about my breast as I have a history of breast cancer in my family- my maternal aunt, my maternal great grandmother and a paternal first cousin. I would really like to hear from anyone who may have had this same experience. I continue to tell myself to keep calm and wait until Monday as there is nothing you can do right now anyway; but all I continue to imagine are my three babies (ages 10, 8 and 5). I'm a single mother, recently divorced. I've had a very hard road for the past five or more years and the thought of being sick right now is unfathomable. I know I'm probably over reacting, but when it's something like this I don't know how you can't over react.

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I can tell you that, after being diagnosed with DCIS in June 2009, having surgery and radiation, I have only now gotten off the "every 6 months" mammograms and all is well. I look at each and every one myself, just out of curiosity. After my brachytherapy radiation, I noticed the films started showing a shadow close to my chest wall. The radiology-oncologist said it was a lymph node. It is sometimes noticeable both palpably and by low level pain. No one is concerned about it at all. It hasn't changed in 4 years and no one comments on it. I hope yours is as little trouble to you as mine is to me!

June 7, 2013 - 8:14am
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Hi jvals11,

Welcome to EmpowHER.  I can imagine it's not easy, especially have gone through a divorce and having kids that young.  It's important to speak to your doctor about any testing results and explain your concerns. 



June 6, 2013 - 5:24pm
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