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Most Breast Lumps are Non-Cancerous: What About Mine?

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Most Breast Lumps are Non-Cancerous: What About Mine?

Living with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
(#2 in a series)

My breast lump was about to be examined by a doctor for the first time, and I had some idea what to expect. I figured he would do a breast exam, tell me it’s probably nothing, and write an order for a mammogram. I wasn’t particularly worried.

Accompanied by my husband, Jim, we arrived at the doctor’s office and, surprisingly, waited only a few minutes before the nurse called my name. Jim wanted to be present and Dr. R didn’t have any objection, as long as I was comfortable.

I observed the doctor’s face as he performed the exam. I saw concern, yes, definitely concern. Intense concentration. An almost imperceptible side-to-side head shake. He didn’t say it was probably nothing. He said it was something that needed a closer look… he said it should not wait. Then he directed his nurse to get me scheduled for a diagnostic mammogram as quickly as possible.

When I inquired about a breast lump appearing so quickly and so large he said, yes, it does happen that way sometimes.

Breast Cancer Fact: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer is Fast-Growing
From George Sledge, M.D, on “In general, triple-negative breast cancers are characterized by being highly proliferative: that is they are typically faster-growing breast cancers than are, say, estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers. This may explain both why they are potentially dangerous breast cancers, but also perhaps why they are more sensitive to chemotherapy drugs that affect dividing cancer cells, so that they are in general more sensitive to chemotherapy agents than are estrogen-receptor-positive breast cancers in many cases.”

We left with a receipt that included the words “breast lump,” a phrase that sent a shiver down my spine. As far as individual health insurance goes, that’s not something you want to have on your record. It is a sad commentary that my train of thought was more about insurance than my health.

While I was focusing on health insurance fears, Jim was beginning to have a bad feeling of a different nature. His wife had a sizable breast lump and his internal alert system was going full throttle.

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8:11AM PDT on Apr 24, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:54AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011


2:45AM PDT on Apr 14, 2011

I found a lump a while back, thankfully it was just a cyst, which I guess isn't harmful and is pretty common. Scared me though. You should always get it checked out if you find one, better safe than sorry.

7:52AM PDT on Apr 10, 2011

Thanks for the info and good luck with your journey....
But I noted your comments that your first thoughts went to concerns with your health insurance, so my question is: what about those with a self-detectable lump and no insurance? If a woman is under 50 and has no family history of breat cancer; she doesn't qualify for assistance with screening and/or treatment, so their lumps go undiagnosed and untreated. Once she's a Stage 4, she can get some help, but treatment is radical and often too late.

3:41AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thank you Marianne, i stand waiting to be corrected by your forthcoming intellectual collection of facts on the subject. (even of me whom you have never met)
If you are going through an experience of ill health, then I feel for you and hope you have a speedy recovery.
Ill health is ill health, regardless of gender. We sometimes experience it differently, but it always involves the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual aspects.
If i am incorrect in my statements, then correct me. Otherwise we are all here on this site to share information and experiences.

3:04AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

@ Keith - obviously a male with no female dependants
you know nothing do you ?????

2:20AM PDT on Apr 5, 2011

Thanks for the info

10:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

thanks for the info.

8:08PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

I agree. If you have any lump, get it checked out. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Life is precious.

7:31PM PDT on Apr 4, 2011

Thank you for sharing.

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