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Stage 3, New Lump

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    MsKage
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    Hello –

    SNB in April, one positive node.  Underneath the scar from that node, I had recurrent cysts which were repeatedly drained and surgically removed twice. Now there is a new, hard (bone hard) lump in the same place.

    I had an ultrasound yesterday and the report says "highly suggestive of malignancy", nothing else. I am having a PET scan tomorrow.

    Hello –

    SNB in April, one positive node.  Underneath the scar from that node, I had recurrent cysts which were repeatedly drained and surgically removed twice. Now there is a new, hard (bone hard) lump in the same place.

    I had an ultrasound yesterday and the report says "highly suggestive of malignancy", nothing else. I am having a PET scan tomorrow.

    I saw my surgeon today and he suggested that I wait and see what the PET shows.  Obviously, he will remove it if it is clearly suspicious on the PET scan. However, he suggested that if my PET is clean that I just "keep an eye on it".  He said he would be willing to do a needle biopsy if I really want it, but he's pretty sure it's just scar tissue from the multiple surgeries.

    What do you guys think? Is he right about it likely being scar tissue?  Would you take that chance?  Should I demand to have it removed if my PET is clear?  Maybe I should wait to post until I know for sure what the PET shows, but I'm really anxious about this and I am worried that my surgeon is not taking this as seriously as he maybe should (he's not a specialist).  Then again, it's easy to get paranoid about these things….

     

    Thank you in advance for any advice, and thank you for being here to help… this site is an amazing resource.

     

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