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Thursday, July 23, 2009 Mary Michelle, Community Member, asks

Q: Blood Clot in left breast.

I was diagnosed with blood clot in my left breast.  I had two cancer surgeries Dec 07 and Feb 08.. July 09, my left breast got swollen and  hard lumps all around and sharp pains.  I went in for ultrasound and was diagnosed with a blood clot.  The doctor said I can have it drain out and I'll loose my breast or just let it go and it would heal itself.  I'm just not sure if thats the answer I should hear and I fear worst.  Should I have it remove?  Will the blood clot get worst if I just let it go.  I'm a single mom of three and the two options were giving to me and I'm just confused.  I would like to get it drain out but at the same time get a reconstruction done?  Help...  Mary

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/23/09 8:47am

Sorry, Mary - from your description, I'm confused, too. I'd suggest that you ask to meet with the doctor again, and ask for a complete description of each option: what's the exact surgery; what's the predicted result. If you need help understanding what the doctor is saying (medical language can be very confusing!), please ask the social services department at the hospital if they'd send someone with you to the appointment; this is often a VERY helpful step, as a second set of sympathetic ears can interpret things that aren't understandable to us laypeople. Good luck - PJH

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Mary Michelle, Community Member
7/23/09 9:30am

Thank you for your quick response... I will call another doctor that actually did my surgery.. The doctor who did my ultrasound specializes in ultrasound and gave me the options... I'm heading over to the other two doctors and get some answers.  I will keep asking until I feel comfortable.  Have you ever heard of blood clot in breast?  My thought is going crazy, possilby lead to death or something not normal... but for someone to tell me let it heal itself?  My thought is no.  Thank you for your input and let me know if you heard of blood clot in breast.  I want to know what your thoughts are.  smile  Mary

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
7/23/09 10:28am

Mary, I don't know of anyone specific who had a blood clot in the breast. But I know blood clots can happen anywhere in the body your blood flows, so they can certainly happen in the breast... I'm glad you're seeing other doctors, for more opinions. Good luck - PJH

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By Mary Michelle, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 07/23/09