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5/22/2017My mother is 94 1/2 an has breast cancer, her lump is bleeding? She does not want to go yo a breast Doctor. Why is her lump bleeding? Should we force her to go to a breast Doctor?

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5/22/2017oh my. The lump is bleeding because the tumor has grown right up against the skin of the breast and poked through the skin. Can you bring her to us? what needs to be done is to see how large it is, whether it is causing her pain (she needs to be honest about that), and take a tiny piece-- just a few cells-- to determine if it is stimulated to grow by estrogen. if it is then she likely can be placed on a pill to treat the breast cancer without having to do anything else. no surgery. no radiation. definitely no chemo. call 443-997-1513 and we will see her this week. i imagine she is scared. she will be in the best of hands. thanks for looking out for your mom. L

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