Oct 08, 2011 - 5:08 pm
I finished treatments (radiation and chemo) for Stage 1, Grade 2, breast cancer December 1, 2010. Right breast. Everything is looking good. I now have a palpable lump in my LEFT breast. My primary care physician seems worried (so am I). Monday morning I will schedule a unilateral mammogram and ultrasound asap. I just had a mammogram in June and exam by my breast surgeon and all was well - now 4 months later this. My pcp says she won't accept another negative mammogram report, so my guess is if it is negative, we'll move on to a breast MRI or biopsy without MRI.
My understanding is if this turns out to be breast cancer, it's another primary cancer, not a metastasis of the original cancer and I think that's "better" than metastasis. I've also been told once you've had breast cancer in one breast, your risks are higher for developing it in the other breast. Swell. What I don't understand is if it was there last year, just not palpable or visible, why didn't the chemotherapy I had last year kill it? And I'm on Arimidex! Does that imply this might not be estrogen receptor positive? And, of course, why me?
If this turns out to be cancer, it will be my third primary cancer diagnosis in 18 months (first endometrial and breast, now whatever this is). From the getgo I've worried about having 2 cancers at the same time. Like where else might I have cancer, but no one else has been concerned. Since my cancers last year were both early stage, low grade, I never had any MRIs or scans, and I thought this was a good thing. Both breasts have been examined by so many people over the past year, but no one felt this lump until now. I, however, have always felt that breast was not right and I've asked numerous times if my left breast was ok. I asked my med onc 3 months ago about whether we were watching me enough since I had the 2 cancers at the same time. She said yes. Yet, if I hadn't felt this lump myself . . .
This lump could turn out to not be cancer, but "they" do take things like this seriously when one has already had a cancer dx. I have regular appointments this month with my pcp, rad onc and med onc. I intend to ask every single one of them about this. I see gyn onc next month and will also make sure he's aware of it. Pretty sure he'll just brush me off from his end, but I can't let go of the fact that there's something wierd going on with me.
Thanks for any thoughts.