8 weeks pregnant breast lump

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i found a lump in my left breast on sunday night

monday i went to gp and he has referred me to a breast clinic to have an ultrasound

my ultrasound appointment isnt for another week

i an 8 weeks pregnant

31 years old

no family history of breast cancer

the lump is about 8 oclock on the edge of my areola

referral says it is small, pea size, smooth ans moveable

has anyone had this and had a good outcome. waiting for the ultrasound is the worst

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    Hi T!

    I am a Nurse Practitioner who used to perform breast clinics. I also have breast cancer.

    Your breast mass is smooth and moveable and tiny. Those three factors inform me it is not breast cancer. Breast Cancer adheres to the chest wall, is irregular in shape, and usually larger than a pea, when found.

    I do congratulate you on your immediate follow up with your physician. When in doubt, always check it out. Follow your maternal instincts regarding your baby-child, as well. A mother always knows when something isn't right with her child. Never let a physician be condescending to you!

    Best wishes with your pregnancy!

    Please let me know the results of the ultrasound! I have found a lot of breast cancer in women and an occasional man, but it is never freely moveable, nor does it have a smooth contour. It needs anchors for a blood supply, and is growing in a disorganized chaotic manner, which is a description of a cancer.

    Best wishes

    Merry Juliana

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      thank you for your response Merry. My husbands mother passed away from breast cancer before i met him so he was adamant i saw a dr right away just to be sure. when my gp felt the lump he said it was moveable but when i feel it, it doesnt feel like it moves at all really. is there any likelihood of what could cause a lump in that location? i will update with results once ultrasound is done. thank you again for your response x

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      Dear T,

      As early as the 6th week of pregnancy, your breasts begin to change. Montgomery tubercles, which are located on the outer rim of the aereola, are sebaceous glands that begin to enlarge in preparation for the pregnancy. Also, you begin to form galactocoeles, or cysts, in preparation for lactation. As your hormones are changing, you can develop harmless fibroadenomas. While new breast masses always need to be evaluated, your body is undergoing huge changes during these nine months.

      As an anecdote, of sorts, when I was approximately 10-1/2 years old, the American Cancer Society first started having Public Service Announcements about detecting cancers. Naturally, I started development of my breasts, including the Montgomery Tubercles, which were enlarging at that age. I went to my mother, an RN, who sent me to my father, a physician. He handled my concerns so sweetly. I was terribly embarrassed, but he was kind in explaining the development of girls and not marginalizing me. My father's office was in our house, BTW.

      Again, Best Wishes,

      Merry Juliana

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      H Merry

      i had my ultrasound today. They dont know what the lump is but it is a solid mass and triangular in shape so they have done a core biopsy on it. Now just waiting for results..

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      Dear T,

      Did the physician tell you the size?

      in millimeters?

      Where do they send it for testing

      ie Mayo Clinic? MD Anderson, if you're in the States

      It is extremely important that the pathology be done at an excellent laboratory experienced in reading breast tissue slides. I don't know which country you are from, but only a few labs excel at reading the slides. I shall be thinking and hoping for a benign test result!

      Best Wishes

      Merry Juliana

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      back to the dr today for the ultrasound report. the report said it was non echoic (?) or vascular or something that meant it had no blood vessels or blood supply. it has no tendrils or funny looking edges so it doesnt look invasive. my lymph nodes are not involved and look normal and the size of the mass is 3mm x 5mm. the ultrasound said "causes could be fibroadenoma, lymph node or less likely cancer"

      still waiting on biopsy results but feeling a little bit more positive than i was yesterday

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      Dear T,

      It certainly sounds much more positive. Cancer puts out its ugly spicules and forms blood vessels to supply its growth. I remember seeing my breast cancer on the screen on my call back as the tech forgot to turn off the screen.

      I shall be thinking positive thoughts about you!

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      HI Merry

      i got a call from my dr today and it is benign! the dr didnt go into much detail about what it was other than saying its normal breast tissue. i suppose i will find out next time i am in there

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      Dear T,

      Fantastic News! I am so happy for you!

      Now you can concentrate on getting prepared for your baby and staying healthy during your pregnancy....please let me know when you deliver, healthy baby, etc...I am overjoyed for you.

      FYI: Always get a copy of all lab reports, imaging studies, and pathology reports and keep it in a folder.

      Regarding your baby, obey your instincts...if you know something is wrong with the baby, stick with it until you find out. Don't let arrogant and condescending physicians brush off problems..

      Best Wishes

      Merry Juliana

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      i just wanted to say thank you for all your support merry, it was so nice knowing you were here every step of the way. i will update you when you baby arrives, i feel as though i am finally pregnant now and can enjoy it, it didnt quite feel like a sure thing before with those test results hanging over me. thank you again xx

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      Dear T,

      It was indeed my pleasure to help you. I know what it is like to have breast cancer, problematic pregnancies, and health issues. As a nurse practitioner, I enjoy helping people.

      Cheers to a Happy Holiday Season!

      Merry Juliana

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