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Unread 01-30-2007, 08:55 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

I found a lump last week and called the doc. Ithought that I would be seen and told it was my hormones raging or something from the recent surgery but she is sending me for comprehensive tests and now I am scared to death. What are the odds that I get cleared to return to life after surgery (7weeks THAT took) and now I would have breast cancer?! I know most of the time it is nothing and I know that it could be related to the surgery somehow but I have checked my breast for years and NEVER felt something like this. I read that cancerous lumps dont hurt (this one does when pressed upon) and then again I read that some do. I know that it is hard and doesnt move when pressed. Should I calm down?? Mammogram and ultrasound are on 2-7-07.
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Unread 01-30-2007, 11:08 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

I'm sorry you're having to go through this scary time. I know it's pointless telling you not to worry, but try not to get yourself too worked up - it'll most likely turn out to be nothing.

I had a lump removed about 4 years ago that I had been living with for years prior. It was a small, hard lump that didn't move and didn't change in any way during my cycle like they say that most cysts do, and it was a harmless cyst. The only reason I had it removed when I did was because it had at least quadrupled in size by the time I did and it was really annoying.

I hope the time until your appointment goes quickly and your tests show nothing more than a benign cyst - which I will recommend you getting removed asap rather than letting it go like I did. (much bigger scar than I needed to have!) Good luck and let us know how it goes.
Unread 01-30-2007, 02:52 PM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Hi Lisa I'm sorry you are having this scare. I'm one who was diagnosed with breast cancer after the hyst - twice - though they were two and four years later, not immediately after the hyst.

That said, it's true that most breast cancer doesn't hurt, and it's also true that hormone imbalance, in particular estrogen dominance (estrogen high in proportion to progesterone, not necessarily high in itself) can cause fibrocystic lumps to appear or increase in size or frequency. I notice that you had your hyst for endo and adeno, which are both fed by excess estrogen, so it's possible you were already predisposed to fibrocystic breasts, maybe even had them all along, and now they're becoming much more uncomfortable for you.

Of course it's good to get things checked out to be sure, but I'd bet your lump is fibrocystic - and they can hurt. You might want to ask your DR if progesterone cream is an option for you, since that can help relieve the symptoms. You can read more about it in Dr. Lee's book "What Your Doctor Might Not Tell You About Breast Cancer" (which is not only about cancer ).

I'll keep my for you!

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Unread 01-31-2007, 04:50 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Thank you both. I am trying NOT to be scared but I tend to have one of those lives that people just dont believe. Any of my family/friends will tell you that I am cursed so I just guess that if it could happen it would be with me.

I have had fibrocystic breasts for years (thanks for the info about the relationship to my diseases on that one) and this is nothing like the normal lumps. I do see how excess estrogen may be the cause but I dont understand how I would have any at all since everythng is removed???
Unread 01-31-2007, 08:32 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Well, if you had everything removed and are not on HRT, your body can still make small amounts of estrogen and store it in abdominal fat cells. That small amount of estrogen will not be balanced by progesterone (because any progesterone you make will convert to estrogen, since you are low in that), so you would still have the 'unopposed estrogen' thing going on, just in small absolute quantities. That's why women in natural menopause have much more problems with fibrocystic breasts than those who are premenopausal, even though their absolute estrogen levels are lower.

Dr. Lee recommended progesterone to counter the excess estrogen and bring things back into balance to help relieve the fibrocystic breasts... perhaps your DR would be OK with that, especially since it can help inhibit endo from returning as well?

Unread 01-31-2007, 08:42 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Endo returning???? OMG. Please dont tell me that I can get that anywhere else? Like in my bladder??? That would explain my bladder pain/spasms! I thought it was all gone with all of my female organs! I was trying so hard NOT to go on HRT but guess it looks like I dont have much of a choice if this is the case.
Unread 01-31-2007, 06:52 PM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

First, here are some s! Second, yes you can have endo after a hyst with or without a BSO. Endo can be microscopic and it can also have various appearances. Thus, it can be left behind after surgery. It can then grow and spread. Actually, there is no cure for endo.

You might want to consider seeing an endometriosis specialist if you are having continued endo pain. Progesterone could help with any endo problems you may be having as well as help your breast issues.

Talk to your doctor about everything you are experiencing and all of your fears. We have many Endometriosis Resources you can read through for more information regarding endo.

Many best wishes to you!
Unread 02-14-2007, 09:55 PM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Hi Lisa! I was just checking in to see how your mammo & ultrasound went?? I too developed a large lump after my lavh. hyster was on 11/7/06, and had a lumpectomy to remove 2 large breast masses on 1/30/07. Thank God they both came back from pathology as being Fibrosis. I was fortunate enough to keep my ovaries, HOWEVER, I can say that my breasts seem to be far more tender since the hysterectomy....go figure Anyhow, I wanted to see how things went for you!!!
Unread 02-27-2007, 07:05 AM
Breast lump 7 weeks after TAH

Well the good news is that they say it is just a harded fibrosis cyst. I had quite the ordeal trying to get to a doc. The tests were done and about a week later (JEESH) docs office said nothing showed up. This bothered me tremendously as 3 people had felt it (and I still can today) but it didnt show so I went to a specialist after missing an appointment due to icy roads and found out last Thursday that he thinks the above...just another of my normal lumps. Kinda ticked here as if it was a normal lump then I wouldnt have bothered as I get those all the time but I have to trust two docs. He will check me again in 6 months. Now on to getting this bladder back to where it should be lol! Then maybe, just maybe I will be a normal person!!!!!

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