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My doctor said that my mammogram and ultrasound show nothing, but the lumps are still there and sore. What should I do? I know an MRI would be good, but what if my doctor refuses to order one?

Jennifer Swallow Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    Hi Jennifer. I totally agree with Sharon. You have lumps that a mammogram & ultrasound aren't picking up. Hopefully they are benign....but you don't know. It's crucial that you have an MRI preformed. I wished my doctors would have done one for me. Thus my cancer was found much too late. It is your body and you need to demand more testing. If your doctor refuses then it might be time to find another doctor. Take care Jennifer & keep us posted
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2007
    This is your body.... the doctor can't refuse to order a test for you. I had a bit of an argument with my doctor about an MRI but he quickly relented and ordered it for me. An MRI will show what a mammogram and an ultrasound can't. In my case, it would have found my breast cancer much earlier. Be polite, be nice, but be persistant, and win this one as if your life depended on it. I hope Diana reads this as she will also support you in getting an MRI. You GO GIRL!
    over 6 years Flag
    • Lauren Keryan Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I am having the same issue! I've had a lump in my right breast for years and doctors do a ultrasound and mammogram and see nothing then write it off as extra breast tissue and I am not satisfied with this. My aunt currently has breast cancer. I do...

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      I am having the same issue! I've had a lump in my right breast for years and doctors do a ultrasound and mammogram and see nothing then write it off as extra breast tissue and I am not satisfied with this. My aunt currently has breast cancer. I do have an appointment with a breast specialist soon, what should I ask her?

      about 5 years Flag
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Get a second opinion, insist on a needle biopsy. That is the only way cells can be identified. I was misdiagnosed for seven months. My cancer was still early stage thankfully. I have learned a lot about being more assertive. Take care, Sharon

      about 5 years Flag
  • Kim Amelio Profile
    anonymous
    Family Member or Loved One
    When mom had her yearly mammogram the only thing that show was the lump in her armpit. When they biopsied that it had "breast cancer cells". Finally after MRI they located the tumor in her breast and after her mastectomy she found out the tumor was 4.9 in size!!!!! That big and was not picked up on a mammo! So she is stage III. So yes you need an MRI!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • Becky G Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I completely agree with Sharon and Diana. It's important that you exhaust all avenues. Your doctors should be fighting for you to get answers to what is going on in your body. Get a new doctor if yours isn't listening. We found positive lymph nodes in my MRI. It's important to listen to your body. If something is hurting there is a reason. I hope your's is benign. But, the earlier you catch it the better. Be persistent!
    over 6 years Comment Flag
  • anonymous Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3B Patient
    Please find a new dr. When I first started this process it only showed a few calcifications and dr only wanted to do lumpectomy. I decided to go with mastectomy. Once pathology report came back there' was so much more cancer there then it showed in mammogram or ultrasound.
    over 6 years Comment Flag

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