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|4/24/2011||I was diagnosed with Stage 0 multifocal DCIS 5 years ago. I had a mastectomy and DIEP flap reconstruction. I have gone routinely for MRIs, mammograms, and ultrasounds - all clear. Just the other day, I felt a hard, pea-sized lump in that same breast. Does this sound like something to be concerned about? Could it be caused by scar tissue or rubbing from the underwire of my bra? Thank you.|
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|4/24/2011||Finding a lump in your breast after undergoing treatment for breast cancer can be very scary for you, so sorry you have to go through this. However, you certainly have been diligent in keeping up with breast imaging and exams, all normal. Good for you! So it is possible that what you are feeling is some fat necrosis that can occur at sites around surgical incision(s). Breast fat necrosis is fatty tissue in the breast that is damaged, or broken down. Fat necrosis results in the formation of a lump in the breast, but it does not cause cancer. |
Call your Dr. for appointment so you can be fully examined, any breast imaging done as indicated, and in some cases a biopsy may need to be done. Best wishes!
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