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Breast Cancer

Swollen breast lymph nodes

06/10/2009

Question:

YES I FOUND A LUMP UNDER MY LEFT BREAST AND HAD A MAMMO AND A ULTRASOUND. THE ULTRASOUND SHOWS 2 SWOLLEN LYMPH NODES. THE RADIOLIST RECOMMENDED TO COME BACK IN 6 MO. TO SEE IF ANY CHANGE. WHATS THE NEXT STEP IF NO CHANGE. IS IT POSSIBLE THE NODES CAN GO DOWN?

Answer:

From what you have told me, follow-up sooner seems necessary. I would speak first with your primary care physician to get an idea of why 6 month follow-up was recommended. Some breast cancers cannot be seen by mammogram, so normal mammogram should not be too much reassurance if you feel a lump and lymph nodes are seen on ultrasound.

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Response by:

Paula  Silverman, MD Paula Silverman, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University