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    Posted: 06 Nov 2008 at 3:12am
I found a large lump (2"-3" round) last night on my upper shoulder blade.  It doesn't hurt and seems to have come from nowhere.  I may be over-reacting, but could this be cancer?  I am having a mastectomy tomorrow and will ask my surgeon, but wanted to throw this out there for any responses.  I have had 4 rounds of Cisplatin and 4 of Avastin prior to the surgery tomorrow.  My last Cisplatin was October 8.  Could having gone a month with no chemo let this happen????
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Marly,
For sure, let them check it out. I found one too, and went on an unscheduled day (which made for a long day) but they biopsied it and said it was a lymph node that was fighting off infection. It was doing its thing, I suppose, but it had no cancer cells and gave me a great sense of relief. It's still there, but at least now I'm not worried about it. Definitely make sure your doctors are aware of it. We're usually the first ones to notice something different on our bodies. good job!
Keep up the great work on your treatment. Sounds like it's going great.
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I didn't know there were any lymph nodes around the shoulder blade?  This is just freaking me out--tomorrow can't come too soon!
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Marly,
My CT scan results last week talked about a 7mm "left supraclavicular lymph node" that is being watched.  And I also have swelling in my shoulder close to my neck.  It's even somewhat tender --- possibly because I've been obsessing over it and mashing around on it.  Embarrassed  My readings on google about it were really quite scary.
 
Do call your surgeon today.  Tomorrow might be a handy time for them to biopsy that lymph node.  They need to know about it.
 
My thoughts will be with you tomorrow.  Please give us an update when you feel like it.
 
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I'll be speaking with  my oncology nurse at noon time and also going to see my primary care physician at 3:00pm today.
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Marly,
 
Let us know what you find out!
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Marly,
 
I like the others hope that your surgeon will look at this when you have your surgery. I have found a link which shows pictures of lymph nodes in our bodies. There are 500-700 nodes throughout the body.
 
Just click on the pictures to get a better look.
 
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I saw my primary care physician at 3:00 today and she thinks it is a lipoma which is a fatty, benign tumor.  She also called my surgeon and spoke with her nurse who also thinks it's a lipoma.  My surgeon will look at it tomorrow when I go in for the surgery.  Keeping my fingers crossed that's all it is.
 
Thank you all for your thoughts and well wishes.  I will update you after my surgery.
 
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Marly,
 
Crossing my fingers also and will look for your post.
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Hi all,
Had the mastectomy on Friday and came home yesterday.  My surgeon was very happy with how it all went.  She said she couldn't even find the tumor, the neo chemo had melted it away!  She did take some axillary nodes and I won't know the official pathology result for another 7-10 days.  She looked at it thinks the lump is just a lipoma.
 
It's weird to see that empty space where a breast used to be, but I'm glad it's gone.  Will be out of work for a month, then start the next course of chemo . . . not looking forward to it.
 
I don't have much pain, just some soreness in the armpit.  Got pain meds if it gets too bad.
 
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Hi Marly.  I had a mastectomy on Friday also and came home Saturday.  Glad to read you are doing and feeling well.  Stay positive!
 
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Hi Marly, glad you are home and not in alot of pain.
 
Laurie I hope you are doing as well.
 
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Marly,
 
So glad to see you are home, and apparently doing well. Hoorah for the tumor just being melted awayClap It worked!!
 
Lori too was so relieved to get the tumor out (she had surgery first), and said she finally felt "clean". Just take it easy now...do not overdo, and since you are off work for a month, maybe we will hear from you more often....daily...?Wink Take a look at those "After Surgery Tips" from the gals, if you haven't already. They are on the last page of the forum...TNBC News, Resources & Tips".
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Thank you all for the well wishes. 
 
Laurie, I hope you are doing well after your surgery and that you will continue to do so.  I'm feeling OK, haven't needed the pain meds much, only have taken 2 so far.  I am using my Lorazepam daily, though.  And, I really HATE these drains, they are the most uncomfortable part of this right now.
 
Nancy, I'll take a look at the after surgery tips.
 
Pam, hope you are doing well.
 
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Hello Marly,
 
Someone suggested that I reply to another thread in order to make sure that I find you.
 
I'm live south of Boston and had the same treatment at the same hospital and very likely the same doctors.  We are very lucky indeed! 
 
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Hi Marly.  How are things with you?
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Howdy Marly, just doing great.  Hope you get those bulbs out soon!Hug
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Hi everyone,
 
I'm doing well after the mastectomy on November 7.  Had the drains removed this past Friday (thank goodness!!) and am doing my exercises as prescribed.  I got a call from my sugeon this morning.  The results on the nodes she removed (15-20) were all negative Smile.  As you can imagine, I was very relieved to hear this.  The tumor had shrunk from 3.2cm to 1.8cm, which is also good news.  It is very strange looking down at just one breast, but I can LIVE with(out) it!
 
I am waiting to hear about my follow-up appointment with my surgeon and oncologist and plan for the new schedule of chemo coming up the first or second week of December Unhappy
 
Susan, I'll send you a PM, maybe we can "chat" and compare notes. 
 
Hope you are all doing well and I'll keep you posted.
 
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Marly,
 
Congratulations on getting your drains out, doesn't that feel better. Smile
Also congrats on clean nodes, that is all great news girl!
 
Let us know what you find out about your chemo schedule and what you will be taking.
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Hey Pam,
 
I will be on Adriamycin/Cytoxan/Avastom every 2 weeks for 4 rounds then Paclitaxel/Avastin every 2 weeks for 4 rounds.  After that will be radiation to my chest wall.
 
Not sure when I will start; it needs to be at least one month from surgery because of wound healing issues and Avastin.  I should find out this week or next.
 
Will let you know.
 
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