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What sort of doctor should I see first about a lump in my breast?

What sort of doctor should I see first about a lump in my breast?

One that you trust.: Anyone that can order a mammogram and any appropriate follow-up tests. This would include primary care, general surgeon, plastic surgeon, ob/gyn or even am oncologist. In the event the diagnosis proves to be breast cancer the patient should always speak to both a general surgeon and a plastic surgeon to best understand their options. If mass proves not to be cancer follow-up as directed. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a breast lump?

Can you tell me, are doctors always supposed to send you for a scan if you have a breast lump?

Depends: Evaluation of a breast lump typically involves a combination of physical exam and possibly ultrasound or mammogram. Depends on degree of suspicion of what your doctor thinks it is. ...Read more

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Why can't i find or feel the 1cm smooth breast lump on self exam my doctor can feel?

Why can't i find or feel the 1cm smooth breast lump on self exam my doctor can feel?

Exams are subjective: Sometimes masses are mobile and are difficult to feel if you are standing/sitting up vs laying down. Some women have "lumpy breasts and what feels normal to them may feel abnormal to the md. A good idea would be to have the md put your fingers directly on the mass so that you know what he/she is feeling. Does imaging confirm the mass in the same place he/she indicated? If so, biopsy. ...Read more

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Went to doctor about a breast lump and should have been referred. He didn't even feel it. Can I self refer to woman doctor?

Always: You can always self refer with the only limitation the occasinal insurance requiring pcp authorization. To find out, check with your customer service consultant. ...Read more

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I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer? Which doctor should I call?

I am wondering if this breast lump could be cancer?  Which doctor should I call?

Your regular doctor: You should see your primary care provider as soon as you can. They can then coordinate testing and referrals as appropriate. ...Read more

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Can a test for cancer in a breast lump be wrong? It was tested not cancer but it grew back now doctors are worried.

Can a test for cancer in a breast lump be wrong? It was tested not cancer but it grew back now doctors are worried.

No perfect tests: There are no perfect tests, and unfortunately these include the ones that we rely upon to tell us if cancer is present or not. If there is doubt, or your clinical situation has changed, please don't delay in getting a confirmatory study or second opinion. Ask your doctor to candidly share his concerns and best direct you appropriately. ...Read more

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How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

How long can you delay the breast lump removal a doctor advised?

Need biosy results: With rare exception, one should not go to the or without a tissue diagnosis. This is usually easily accomplished via needle biopsy under local anesthesia. Once the diagnosis is established, the timing of the surgery can be guided by whether the lump is benign or malignant: if benign, no urgency; if malignant, why wait? ...Read more

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Is it true that breast lump or tumor have been in your breast for a year or two and a mammogram can see them?

Is it true that breast lump or tumor have been in your breast for a year or two and a mammogram can see them?

Yes, even longer: Yes, actually breast cancer begins as a single cell and probably requires 10 years of growth to become approximately 1 cm in size. This is when it will first be revealed during an exam by the doctor. While a mammogram may pick it up slightly sooner it is certainly the fact that the mass has been there for many years prior to its discovery with mammographic imaging. ...Read more

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Surgeon wants 2 week follow up to see if hard, immovable breast lump resolves? If not, we will "discuss options". Should I be concerned?

Surgeon wants 2 week follow up to see if hard, immovable breast lump resolves?  If not, we will "discuss options".  Should I be concerned?

Follow-up as advised: A palpable abnormality or breast lump should not be ignored. Sounds like you are working with your doctor to figure out what is going on. While many benign processes can cause the problem you are describing, you should be diligent in its workup with your doctor. A hard lump which is immovable can be a finding of breast cancer you should not ignore. ...Read more

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Do I see gynecologic oncology for breast lump?

Do I see gynecologic oncology for breast lump?

See a breast surgeon: Most breast cancer operations are performed in the us by general surgeons such as myself. However, some gynecologic oncologists perform breast surgery, as well. I recommend that you seek out a referral from your primary care doctor, gynecologist, or local breast center. Remember, while most breast lumps are benign, it is best not to delay evaluation. ...Read more

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What should be my first steps if I have a painful breast lump?

What should be my first steps if I have a painful breast lump?

See your Dr.: I am assuming you have a primary care physician or gyn serving that purpose. The first step is to go and be examined. Most breast lumps are benign so stay calm but don't put off this examination. Your doctor will probably recommend some form of imaging and may recommend that you see a breast surgeon. I think that would be a good idea and my recommendations for first steps. ...Read more

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Had a mammogram for breast lump, have to see breast oncologist, No diagnosis and have red pinpoint dots on legs. What would cause this?

Had a mammogram for breast lump, have to see breast oncologist, No diagnosis and have red pinpoint dots on legs. What would cause this?

Need exam: Even w a normal mammogram, a palpable mass needs to be evaluated. You will need a physical exam and ultrasound. Mammograms are less reliable in younger women. ...Read more

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Which type of doctor would see my lump on my left breast?

Which type of doctor would see my lump on my left breast?

See details: Your family doctor or gynecologist can examine the area and order appropriate diagnostic testing. If a biopsy is needed, then a surgeon can be consulted. ...Read more

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Hard lump on rib above my breast. First noticed 2 wks ago. I think it has got slightly bigger. Seen doc. U/s clear, waiting X-ray. Any ideas?

Hard lump on rib above my breast. First noticed 2 wks ago. I think it has got slightly bigger. Seen doc. U/s clear, waiting X-ray. Any ideas?

Breast nodule: The mass is likely in the soft tissue rather than the rib. This may be fibrous breast tissue which can worsen with caffeine intake and can be associated with menstrual cycle. At your age, you should have a baseline mammogram and your physician should discuss any family history of breast disease. Breast MRI may be necessary if all other imaging modalities fail to isolate the area. ...Read more