I Feel A Big Lump On What I Think Is My Rib Cage But In The Back. I Just "Celebrated" My First Anniversary Having Been Diagnosed With Triple Negative Bc. Could This Be The Cancer Coming Back?

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I Feel A Big Lump On What I Think Is My Rib Cage But In The Back. I Just "Celebrated" My First Anniversary Having Been Diagnosed With Triple Negative Bc. Could This Be The Cancer Coming Back?

It is deep down but I felt it while showering all of a sudden and its big. does BC metastisize to the back by the rib cage? I feel awkward going back to my surgeon because I was just there and had a mammo which was fine (except for a couple of cysts). The lump is now tender to touch but is definitely not like a pimple - it is very deep, was egg shaped, but I guess because i was pushing on it kind of hard, it morphed its shape a little and now its a little painful (stupid me I should have left it alone). has anyone ever had BC come back and show up near a back bone? who should I see re this, my GP or the breast surgeon? I don't know what to do. Maybe I should wait to see if it disappears? any advice is wlecomed.

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Yes, this could be cancer coming back, or it could be something perfectly benign like a fatty tumor. Breast cancer does often metastasize to somewhere nearby like the ribs or spine. The doctor you should probably see is either the surgeon or the oncologist. Since there is a good chance that the first step will be a biopsy, I'd suggest the surgeon.

Don't worry about bothering the doctor even though you recently saw him. I can't tell you how often I've thought that some little issue was trivial only to find that the doctor took it very seriously and ordered tests. Fortunately, for the last 13 years none of the scares have been diagnosed as cancer. Please don't panic, but do be concerned enough to check in with your doctor. I hope you get good news. Let us know what you find out.

Answered by Phyllis Johnson