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  • #21411
    tbeau
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    Hello. I am Stage 1b with nodular melanoma. I was diagnosed last July. The depth of my tumor was 1.25 mm, mitosis 2, no ulceration, regression was present. It was on my left thigh.I had a SLNB and it was clear. I just had a mammogram on Monday and got a call to come back for more pictures on Thursday. I had additional pictures and 2 ultrasounds on my left breast on Thursday afternoon. I now have to see a breast surgeon who will schedule a biopsy for me next week. My question is has anyone seen melanoma go from leg to breast? I know that melanoma misbehaves and anything goes but I have some anxiety surrounding the waiting. It could be breast cancer, it could be melanoma, or it could be nothing. Just getting nervous of all the possibilities. Thank you.

    #61570
    wpatterson4
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    Good luck, Tbeau. I hope you find that there is no problem. That is the likely outcome. I have a feeling you’ll be ok. It’s difficult to deal with uncertainty, and I’ve had at least two CT scans since my initial diagnosis. Please keep us informed.

    #61571
    Catherine Poole
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    It is pretty unlikely the breast issue is related to the melanoma issue. I hope you are going to a breast specialist and find out soon what it is. A biopsy is often indicated. One of the top specialists with the best information is Dr. Susan Love. I believe her website is: http://www.drsusanloveresearchfoundation.org Her books are terrific too. I also have been through this scary thing of breast issues and I would ask for something to help you during this time for the anxiety. These can be benign things and there are many advances in the diagnostics. Let us know how things turn out.

    #61572
    tbeau
    Participant

    Thank you Wpatterson for your kind words and reply. It is a bit unnerving to not know what is going on and your mind can wander into crazy places. I am trying to keep it all in perspective until I know what I am dealing with (which may very well be nothing).

    Thank you Catherine for your words of encouragement and your advice. I will look at the website of Dr. Love to better understand possible issues. I appreciate your quick reply and your own personal experience. I have an appointment with a breast specialist on Wednesday and a biopsy hopeful ASAP after that.

    I will keep you posted when I get my results. Thank you.

    #61573
    Abby
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    I am a part of a genetic study. There is a link between Breast Cancer and Melanoma.

    I have a family full of both.

    #61574
    marti
    Participant

    In 2009 I was diagnosed with melanoma, 2011 also a lump int he breast, gving my background I had mammogram and needle biopsy, nothing came out clear. “With my background”I needed a lumpectomy, and had it done. Result: benign breast-tissue .

    Have it checked out, but dont freak out before you hear the results,

    good luck and keep us posted,

    Marti

    #61575
    tbeau
    Participant

    Thank you Marti for your kind words and the reply. I will keep your positive outcome in my thoughts and will post results after I have a biopsy.

    #61576
    Rojam
    Participant

    Hi tbeau,

    I also have had a breast lump investigated after my melanoma diagnosis. My melanoma was on the base of my neck/back and I was scared it had spread.

    It turned out to be a cyst.

    Try not to worry. Hope you get your biopsy and results quickly.

    best wishes

    X

    #61577
    tbeau
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    Thank you Rojam for your reply. I hope to have the biopsy next week. The sooner the better as far as I’m concerned.

    #61578
    tbeau
    Participant

    Hello. I had the biopsy this morning. The procedure itself did not hurt but it sure does hurt now. I should have the results by Friday. Thank you to all who have posted with their experiences and concern.

    #61579
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    Glad you have it over with. Now the waiting is hard I know. But I too had this ordeal and it was benign. Let us know the results so we can help you either way.

    #61580
    tbeau
    Participant

    Thank you for your reply Catherine. I received the results today and the biopsy came back benign. :D The surgeon is still recommending that it be removed as it was not in accord with what showed on the ultrasounds and mammograms. She explained the procedure to me which involves having a mammogram where a wire is inserted into the breast to mark the area and then surgical removal for a biopsy of the entire mass. She is speaking with the pathologist tomorrow and will contact me tomorrow for further consult and to schedule the procedure. I have to admit the wire part of the procedure sounds like the bad part. I will let you know once I’ve had the procedure what the outcome was. Thank you for your support.

    #61581
    Webbie73
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    I have had the procedure you are referring to. The hardest part was sitting there without moving until they locate the area of concern. The placing of the wire was not painful. The surgery was done by a general surgeon. The second time I had breast surgery i went to a breast surgeon and they left a little marker in my breast when they did the needle biopsy. It was shaped like the pink cancer ribbon. The second way was much easier and less stressful. I wish you luck!!!

    Kathy

    #61582
    Catherine Poole
    Keymaster

    So happy it was benign. I think I would consider another opinion on the surgery. If you can look at Dr. Susan Love’s website/and or books for further info on this. Are you going to a specialist?

    #61583
    Rojam
    Participant

    Great news. Hope you recover from the surgery quickly xx

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