My name is Traci Mulder, and I am 40 years old. I have been a breast cancer survivor for six years, since 9/11/2000, and this is my breast cancer story. The Breast Cancer Symptoms - Was It A Breast Lump or Not? I was 34 when I found a tender lump underneath my left armpit . I had just finished breastfeeding our 14-month-old son, Cameron, and was pregnant with our second child. I was healthy and happy and thought it was probably just a blocked milk duct. But, the medical professional in me told me that to be safe, I should get the lump checked out. And I did. When I saw my doctor, he agreed that there was nothing in the breast that felt suspicious. There were no obvious symptoms of breast cancer, aside from that odd lump. But, he ordered me to have a mammogram anyhow. I argued with him. I was a registered nurse, pregnant and had no family history. I was only 34 years old! I didn't need a mammogram. The doctor countered that mammograms weren't...
The title of a 2005 study from the Institute of Medicine and National Research Council, “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition” sums up in a few simple words what many of us have known for years: once we’re done with active cancer treatment, it’s a confusing world out there. Not that cancer treatment itself can’t be a bit mystifying. The number of potential life-or-death decisions you, the patient, are called upon to make is daunting. The schedule of treatments is intense. And you need to learn a brand new medical vocabulary very quickly. But through all of that, you feel you have a couple of “go to” providers: your oncologist, and your surgeon. Feeling crummy after chemo? Call the oncology nurse. Wondering about that extra lump in your ribcage after reconstructive surgery? Ask to see your surgeon. During active treatment, there’s a clear chain of command. It’s after the oncologist and surgeon have done what they ...
Cancer and breast lumps
It is understandable thata newly discovered breast lump maycause fear andconcern, but the fact is that only a small percentage of lumpsturn out to be cancer. Many women have "lumpy breasts" or fibrocystic breast disease , a common and benign (harmless) condition.
If you have this condition, examining your breasts can be confusing and, at times, alarming. It is still very important to check your breasts at the same time each month and bring anything that feels new or different to your doctor's attention. It may be helpful to know that a cancerous lump tends to be hard and unmovable. See breast lump and fibroadenoma .
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