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Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, can anyone answer how much would it usually cost for a lump removal in the Philippines?

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Hi linsey , how much the surgery cost and where is the hospital you undergo surgery? Does your breast okay now? I hope your okay now. I actually have multiple fibroadenoma in both breast and planning to remove the 4cm in my right breast. Do you have a family history of cancer? I hope you responce. I am also in Philippines. Thank you.
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Hi ladies, I'm from Ghana and was diagnosed with fibroadenoma in 2013 (was 17 by then) after noticing a rapid growing lump in my right breast in 2011. I had a surgery in March 2013 to take it out only to notice another growing in some few weeks time in the same right breast so had to take a second surgery in June 2013. Now I have another huge lump in my left breast and that has cause a big difference in the size of the breasts due to the two surgeries I already had on the right breast. I'm thinking of having one more surgery on the left one to at least resize my breasts since I'm becoming too conscious of it. It sometimes gives a sharp pain which lasts for some few seconds though. I also have a lump-like substance in my right breast where I had the two surgeries and doctor says it's a wound from the surgeries since that one is not growing in size unlike the one I currently have in my left breast. Hope this comforts some of you going through a similar experience.
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Hi Abby,
I wish i could contact you so i could ask some questions.I'm currently planning to schedule my surgery and i'm a bit nervous and afraid. I am also from the Philippines and i would like to know from where hospital did you go? and how much would be the cost?
thanks in advance
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Did you already get a surgery to have it removed?

I also have a fibroadenoma on my left breast since 2015 which is 4 and 3cm in sizes.

Actually i have 2 fibroadenoma lumps which is sticked together that whenerver 

i checked myself i only feel one lump.

When i got an ultrasound last July 2017 i was shocked that i have 2 lumps on my left breast 

as mentioned earlier 4 and 3cm in sizes and my doctor found out that this is a fibroadenoma.

I have consulted many doctors and they only advised me to remove my lumps but I was so scared by that time so for the meantime I took different kinds of herbal plants expecting that my lumps would just dissolve or minimize its size but unfortuantely nothing happens. 

Until I decided to have a surgery to ease my worry that it will become cancerous as time goes by.

My doctor and I scheduled the surgery last January 19, 2018 I was under general anesthesia by that time and it was indeed painless. The surgery only took 45mins to remove my lumps then it was sent immediately to the hospital laboratory for the biopsy. On that same day I was discharged at the hospital (Normally excision of breast mass can be an outpatient). I was advised by my doctor for a 2 week rest and the result of the biopsy was released after a week of the surgery and thanks god it was benign and I don't have to worry anymore because of that but as per my doctor I still have to check myself for a year if lumps will return or any strange feeling. For now I still have pain in my left breast but I cannot feel any lumps on it. I will still checked this thing to my doctor first.

By the way, I only got 4cm in length scar which not very noticeable since it was cut near my nipples. 

Nothing's change on the shape of my breast, It really looks fine though.

Im only 23 and from the Philippines Smiley Happy

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Ling

 

Hello and welcome.  I can not help with your specific problem but what I would suggest is perhaps a visit to your GP again to get it checked out and give you peace of mind.  Your GP may refer you back to your breast clinic, you could also give the breast clinic a call directly as has only been a year they might book an appointment for you

 

 

xx

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, just seen your comment & your situation is veryyy similar to mine. I just started googling stuff again, I was told in hosptial it was this aswell. I feel like mine is growning too and it's only in 1 breast amd the size difference is crazy, I also have noticed that the actual lum0 has like wee lumps around it too, is anyone else the same? Sometimes it's hurts like sharp pains for a while but it's usually alright apart from that. I wish I said I wanted it removed while i was at hosptial but it didn't bother me as much at the time, it's been about a year since I got examined, I just keep thinking the worst as it gets bigger and feels different. I don't know what to do, 23 years old and is making me very self conscious lately 😢 hope to hear from you x
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I just had 8 fibroadenomas removed from both breast, the biggest ones I had were about 7cm. I had 2 large ones in both breasts about the same size the rest were smaller. I was so scared of the outcome because they mentioned I might need reconstruction. I’m so happy that both of my breasts look normal, both look the same as before! I just hope they don’t come back. I’m so glad I got them removed
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Slmz/Hi

 

I have found out in September that i have a adenoma in my inner left breast and a breast cyst. The docto has told me that i must just leave the adenoma alone it will go away on it own. But i am paranoid now and i have constant pain in my left breast but the pain starts from the outer part where the bone is and goes under the breast. Anyone had anything similar to this? is worrying me but my radiologist seems fine and not worried.

 

Thanks 

Zeeni

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Hi I'm Mae I have diagnose of cyst fibroadenoma.why I always feel pain of my beast every day?
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, it was a pleasure to read your reply. I totally agree with your opinion. Also, surgery does not promise cure. Fibroadenomas though benign, are notorious for recurrence.
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hey Assalamu Alaikum, don't worry. You're not alone in this. Please see a doctor and get an ultrasound done.
Fibroadenomas are benign but as you have family history, so the doctor will ask you to get some tests.
but don't worry, as worry doesn't make anything better. Be strong. If Allah has brought you to it, He will help you get through it.
(I have multiple Adenomas in both my breasts too.)
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, very brave decision!! hope you;re done with the removal. Could you kindly share your experience of surgery with us?
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, yes. You're not alone. Fibroadenomas are very common among young girls and teens.and they;re benign masses.
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi,
yes, fibroadenomas do grow again remaining healthy breast tissue and surgery does not promise cure at all.
I have multiple fibrodenomas in both my breast for 7yrs now. And i am observing them for any growth and change in shape etc. through yearly ultrasound scans. I don't want to lose my breast tissue. My tumors are fairly painless. And also not visible to eye. hope this helps you
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, I had my fibroadema removers a couple of years ago, it was the size of 2 pence piece and pretty painful. The removal was very straight forward and painless. I had an injection for pain then they removed it piece by piece. The whole procedure was done and dusted in 40 mins.
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi Sweetlike,

hmmm well, there's nothing wrong in eating well, but personally I would be sceptical of anything which claims to cure anything by diet alone, in place of any recommended conventional treatment.

Obviously, yours is a benign condition, so it's not the same situation, but for any cancerous change this approach would be life threatening. 

Loads of us here use diet &/or alternative treatments to complement conventional treatments, but not to replace it.

ann x

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Hi ladies, I've just come back from the breast clinic due to a pain and lump in my breast which I have had for over 1 and half years now. Been advised that I may have this, waiting for biopsy results. I'm 30 years old and breastfeed my daughter until Jan last year I thought it might have been due to this. I have been doing a bit of research and stumbled across this, I am going to give it a go because I suppose anything is better than the pain or surgery and what's the worst thing that can happen from eating a whole heap of fruit and veg right?

 

I hope this helps Smiley Happy

 

http://www.body-in-balance.org/blog/nutrition/fight-fibroadenomas-naturally/

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Hi there, I'm thinking about getting my fibroadenoma removed because it feels like mine has increased in size since I was diagnosed two years ago. I first found the lump at the age of 19 when it was the size of a small grape. Initially I was too scared to go to the doctors but I pushed myself to go once I noticed it was growing rapidly. The lump was 3x4cm in size and the doctor said that it wasn't nesscessary to get surgery. However it's been 2 years and it feels like the lump has grown in diameter and thickness. I feel like the more I get older the more it is going to grow. Sometimes it has an uncomfortable feeling and I have to rub around it to soothe the area. Also, if I lift up my arms you can clearly see it protuding under the skin. I've decided to go back to doctor to get a second review and see whether I can get surgery to have it removed.

 

I've never been in surgery before and am quite scared to be honest. I would be very grateful if anyone could share their surgery experience (specifically UK). Like how long it took? Do you get a big scar? Is it very noticeable? Does the breast shape change after? How much rest you need after surgery? etc.

 

Thanks in advance!

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi,

 

I'm 27 years old. I have never felt any pain in the breast but recently found out I have 2 breast lumps in my right breast. One is 1.5cm and another about 4mm. I am not sure should I got them removed...I have read quite many cases of fibroadenomas grow back after surgical removal...Anyone out there who had fibroadenomas and left untreated? Feeling lost...

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I found a fibroidenoma in my right breast when I was 19, I got a scan on the Friday and it showed up at 2cm and on the Monday following I had another scan which showed it at 6cm. It had tripled in length and volume in 3 days. My breast are in severe pain constantly to the point I can't touch them myself. I am 20 now nearly 21 And had a scan done 2 weeks ago. The doctors have found another very large fibroidenoma and 6-7 small ones. I am absolutely terrified, my large one is 4cm just now and is expected to grow rapidly. I am in 2nd year of uni and I'm the middle of exams so need to wait a month to have it removed. I am terrified!!! Gpd only knows what size it'll have grown to in 1 months time. The pain is unbearable and my scar from my first surgery is huge, this one will be even bigger and harder to hide. Glad I'm not alone with this issue.
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Hi ladies

 

I finally plucked up the courage to call the doctor yesterday as I've had what I thought was just muscle in my right boob which has now appeared on a larger scale in my left. I'm 21 and of course it's the last thing anybody wants at any age, never mind when 21. Upon calling the doctors they informed me that they needed to see me ideally on that day which naturally initally instigated some nerves. 

 

My doctor check my boobs and believes it could fibroadenoma something I've never heard of before. She reasured me that she didn't believe it was cancer but was concerned when I told her that they are causing me pain. Even without touch my boobs are very sore and when I feel for the lumps they are very tender almost like pushing a fresh bruise.

 

I've been referred to the breast clinic whom I'm awaiting a call from, for a triage within the next 2 weeks and I'm quite scared. I'm not close to my mum and feel a little alone which is probably what's brought me here. The lumps are not small they are large and I'm concerned of their growth rate.

 

Has anybody had their fibroadenomas removed? If so what was your experience like? and likewise those who are living with them in their body.

 

Thanks in advance ladies.

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I'm 19 and came across , well, what i thought was just muscle 2 years ago, and is actually a fibroadenoma that is 9cm, as well as another small lump beside it. I remember having this sinking feeling finding it and being even more confused finding out what it actually was as never even heard of the lump! I am having my  operation to remove both lumps on wednesday, and my surgeon was extremley reasurring about the size of the scar and how with fibroadenoma's (as i had a feeling that my breast would suddenly have a large dent in it), that the tissue would reform and go back into place. He told me that i would probably feel quite bruised but once thats passed should all be fine! Just thought i'd post this for anyone who may be worried, also as when i first found this lump couldnt really find much information at all! It's made me so conscious of breast awareness and to just encourage anyone if feeling any unsurety, to just have it checked out! Doctor also stressed how these lumps are benign and do not increase the risk of having breast cancer in the future more than anyone else would!

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I felt a lump (top side of my right breast). I had the ultrasound and needle biopsy but they were unable to verify what it was from these tests, and gave it the name fibroepithelial. The team suggested biopsy excision, it has now been removed with anesthetic, it was painless and just a small scarring. They've now confirmed it was a fibroadenoma. They haven't told me the size of it, i think the report has gone to my Doctors. I feel if i had known it was a fibroadenoma from the start i wouldn't have gone through with the operation, if there's no pain there's no need to undergo this procedure.
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Hello M!  Its awful that you are alone and have nobody to support you. Sending you a big hug.

I came across your message because, I also had a fibroadenoma removed in 2014. Yesterday I noticed that the same breast was swollen and very sore to touch.  This came on very suddenly and I made an apppointment to see my doctor this morning. I've been referred to the breast clinic for a mammogram/ultrsound so am now waiting for an appointment.  Its frightening to be experiencing the same feelings as when I found the first lump- I would have thought that I would be more matter of fact about it the second time around but it feels just as scary.

I'm lucky, because I do have a support network, I can't imagine how it feels to be in your shoes, so young, and having lost your mum.  I urge you to get some help- go and see your doctor, get it checked out.  It is probably nothing, but look after yourself and your body. Talk to your doctor- tell them about your fears, and above all, put your health first.

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hey Girls,

 

I had removed a fibroadenomia in my left breast 2014, and Now I had turned 25 and I get another lump in right breast... I am so afraid can't sleep. My mother died from 6 years from breast cancer and I am afraid to have the same destiny, I am still so young.......I asked the doctor by accident that I had another fibroadenomia, he told from where you know it could be any thing else, from this moment my life was torn.... He told me come to the clinic... But I am very afraid to go again.... I am afraid to be a cancer.....

 

I am crying because there is any one to support me... what I should do...??? please tell me what I should I do leave it and forget or what...

 

Please help

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Hello. My name is ellen. I have diagnose off having fibroadenoma. There so many in differnt sizes. I have 5.4 mm cystic masses and im so worried. My breast are also in pain so often.. I ask my OB about it but she said not to mind it.. just keep on monitoring every 6 months. Should ask second oppinion or should this kind of fibroadenoma removed? Pls help.
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I had a fibroid adenoma removed 2 days ago. Two were taken out. 1 was almost 3 cm in size. I starting noticing them after Christmas this past year. I have had routine mammos, 1 breast MRI and 2 ultrasounds since I turned 30 and previous to the last few months nothing has ever appeared on any test. I'm 37 now. My adenomas were very painful... I new it was the best thing for me to do to have them removed. My mom has had breast cancer twice, my aunt once and the disease runs ramped in previous generations. I don't know my results yet but in my case it was the best decision either way. For all you ladies out there no matter what decision you make - you know what's best. It's scary I know but if you have any concerns keep asking questions till you get answers you are satisfied with and by all means if you have pain maybe your best choice is to have them removed. The best advocate for our own health is ourselves if your not sure keep asking your physician. Most physicians are quite understanding about these types of concerns and sensitive too! If yours is not consider a second opinion. Remember this is in the best interest of your health. If you are at all like me there are other important factors in your life that need to be considered when it comes to being healthy... Spouse, children and other dear loved ones! Blessings!
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Hi. Im 27 almost 28. And had a 5cm lump removed. That was 5 days ago. I have a 2 cm scar across the top middle of my right breast. Above the bra line but low enough below a low cut top. Its been a whirl wind 2/3months from finding the lump to being post op. I had my biopsy which took no longer than 30mins where they did a scan and took several samples. And within a 2 weeks had the happy news it was a benign lump. Then came the letter asking me what i would like to do. I had to ask myself. What about the scar? Its in an intimate area. Hows that going to effect my personal. Will i be able to breast feed if i have another child so many questions went through my head. Yes there is no real need to have them removed however they can continue to grow and as mine did they grew into each other so lots of little ones became one large one. I decided i wanted to go through with the operation, to ensure it doesnt get bigger and to know im free of it. I am pretty black and bruised however it was pretty painless afterwards, just have to keep reminding my daughter not to jump on me for cuddles.
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Hello, i was told in roughly febuary that i have a fiberoenoma and it was about 9mm in size. I recently went back to the doctors because of severe pain in my breast for the doctor to turn around and tell me she can feel the lump when the nurses at the clinc couldnt feel it even when they were using the ultasound so i think its grew, i have an appointment on friday to go back to the clinic but ive been thinking and i want to have it removed... I am nervous but i would love if someone could give me some advice and tell me what to expect if i do get it removed

Thank you.

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I have also had fibroadenomas in both breasts since my teens and am now 28. I have had both breasts biospied, and can assure you that it was simple and nearly painless. My GP told me to take tylenol (acetaminophen) half an hour before the procedure to lessen the pain, and to continue to take tylenol for a few days afterwards if I had any discomfort. I would highly recommend that. They also give you a local anesthetic during the procedure, and you shouldn't feel anything. It was really a very simple test, and I was glad to get it because the results confirmed that the fibroadenomas were benign.

 

I am shocked at the large number of posts on this thread about removing fibroadenomas, since there is usually no medical reason to do so, and the risks of surgery far outweigh leaving the fibroadenoma intact. For one thing, the surgery can be quite disfiguring and painful, and fibroadenomas can grow back even after they are excised. Phyllodes tumors, which look a lot like large (over 2") fibroadenomas on an ultrasound, are very rare (present in less than 1% of the population), and also unlikely to be malignant. I recognize that women's level of anxiety about fibroadenomas can vary, but please do your research before deciding on an unnecessary surgical procedure.

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Hello, I wanted to share something that I just finished doing today. I'm 21 years of age and was diagnosed with fibroadenomas when I was 19. For years I was suffering from the same symptoms I would have through out the month before my menstrul severe pain and afterwards random spasms. I hated wearing a bra, working out was a hassle for me, I just never felt my self. I had more then one opinion and was seen by multiple doctors and clinics they all told me inn to young to remove so much breast tissue and that it get bigger to come back. Thankfully my mom reached out to Karmanos hospital and they said they work with patients like me. I did a procedure that involved freezing the tumor, killing the cell and cutting off any blood supply that feeds it or makes it grow. I highly suggest anyone who feels like they have no other options or anyone there for them to ask about this procedure. This procedure is also being studied to see if it will have the same successful impact on patients who are diagnosed with cancer

All in my prayers, God bless
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Sorry to read this.  I do hope you have your biopsy results back now and that everything was ok.  Please do let us know x

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I have fibroadenomas and a lot of pain have been told not cancer but was sent to another doctor which is a cancer doctor and she said it looks like cancer had biopic taken two times now and it's looks like it is infected because the skin under the breast is red and hot to the touch but no one is treating the infection what can I do now 

 

Pain in Rancho Cordova,Ca 

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Hi Tomlea.  I too have been diagnosed with fibroadenomas and know exactly how you feel.  I am currently awaiting an appointment with my consultant because I want all of them removed but the registrar has told me point blank NO.   I don't know exactly how many I have at the moment but the diagram the sonographer drew as he scanned me, looked like there was around 20 altogether and because there are so many, they cant biopsy or remove them because it will leave me very disfigured.  I only had 2 fibroadenomas in 2001 which they biopsied and told me were fine and in 2012 i still had the same 2.  So they have multiplied quite quickly.

They are extremely painful for 2 weeks of the month and for the rest of the month, I get random aches and pains.  The registrar just shrugs off the fact that I have pain and says 'well pain isn't related to cancer'.  I already know that but i'm still suffering so I want them out.

 

Have you thought about getting a second opinion?

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi everyone, i was discharged from hospital today after having a scan on my right breast and confirmation that i have a fibroadenomas which my GP diagnosed me with three weeks ago. I'm slightly dissapointed that i was discharged without further treatment as my breast is painful and uncomfortable, I feel uncomfortable wearing bras and not wearing bras, if i lie on my side's, if my breast is knocked and exercising and my GP advised i will most likely have a small operation to remove the lump. While i was there i mentioned that my left breast has been feeling tender and i think i found another lump but that could just be me over thinking things, both breast where examined initially but only my right breast was scanned. After the scan i was called back to the first room, the doctor confirmed it was fibroadenomas but they dont think further treatment will be needed so i'm discharged, handed me a leaflet and told if the lumps gets any bigger to go back the GP. It sounds strange but i feel slightly lost and upset, I dont want to feel uncomfortable anymore. Im not sure what i should do now. Smiley Sad
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi Shekainahlyn and welcome to the BCC forums

Along with the support here please feel free to call our helpliners to talk through the concerns you have, lines are open during the week 9-5 and Saturdays 10-2 on 0808 800 6000

Here's a link to the BCC fibroadenoma information which you may find helpful:

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/breast-cancer-information/breast-awareness/benign-breast-conditi...

Take care
Lucy BCC
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Hello there..i've been diagnosed with fibroadenoma last march... i never felt pain before but after i knew i had it ..i started feeling the pain..especially after the doctor examined it and i had my  ultrasound done. I am worried about it although they told me that its benign.. is it really normal to feel pain ? or is there a connection between being stressed with the tought that you have it? Does examining breast by checking the lumps can actually activate the lump to grow faster? or to cause you to feel pained? I always feel pain on my lower  back..and at my breast where i have it..although when i always check on it, it is movable..what is the best thing to do to keep the pain away except having a surgery?  

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I am 24 and recently got a fibroadenoma removed in one breast.  They can never be 100% sure what it is unless you have a needle biopsy done.  For me instead, they performed a diagnostic ultrasound followed by a mammogram, and were able to be greater than 50% sure that it was a fibroadenoma from the looks of the ultrasound.  The mammogram was mainly to check for possible cancer becasue I am high risk, but they were not even able to see the fibroadenoma that way becasue it is just really dense tissue surrounded by dense tissue.  What I was told, was that fibroadenomas are not cancerous, and never will be.  You do not have to have them removed, but I would suggest if it is uncomfortable or if it makes you worry to consider it.  Becasue of where mine was located towards my side, it was uncomfortable on a daily basis, I even had to sleep with my boob tucked in my arm.  I had my surgery about a week ago, and it was scary for me, but was a generally easy surgery and worth it in the end. It has healed quickly and I have no more discomfort.  Fibroadenomas are very common and I would think most surgeons have had lots of experience removing them.

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Im just curious what ended up being the results of your situation? I too have had pain under my armpit and down side of breast where lump is. They arent 100% sure its fibroadema but they seem to think it is. I'm going to have it removed but I was just curious if you ever figured out what the pain was from
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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

hi there
i would say i would get them removed as my consultant thought from my scan picture that what i had as it turned out when they took my lump out it was a phlloydes tumor apparently on a scan pic they look very similar and wont be able to diagnose them till they have been taken out . I had my first benign phyllodes removed in aug07 then in feb2009 i had another 3 small once what had to be removed again begin but no clear margin as tissue had already cells of new tumors so in sep09 i had my right breast removed i needed no treatment as it was all begin and i had a LD reconstruction done at the same time and i am so happy now as i know nothing ealse can grow there now.

I hope this will help you and question please don`t hesitate to ask .

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hi i found this site while looking 4 info, i found a lump in my left breast on mon nite and went to the doctors on tues she says it feels like a fibroadenoma and has referred me to the breast clinic 4 tests on 21st Dec, i am suffering pain under my armpit 2 and down the side of my boob where the lump is, its sore and uncomfortable 2 lie on and touch. I tried gettin an earlier appointment but theres none at the mo, and the worry is making me sick and i can't stop thinking about it and it upsets me. I am currently waitin for the doc to ring about pain relief as i have rang in sick at work due to it, yet work don't understand how it feels, i agree with an earlier post of it doesnt feel like my boob as its a weird sensation, i dnt understand how the lump and pain happened so fast of finding it on monday. I hope they don't give me a needle biopsy i hope they just ultrasound it then remove it i dnt want it in me i'd take it out myself if i could.

Sarah

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Hi guys,

First i would like to say all your post have been so helpful to me! i am young so this also scares me a lot and i also do not know very much about this since my doctors are not very helpful. I was diagnosed with a fibroadenoma in august it was very painful and thats how i found it the ultra sound revealed it as abnormal because it was large in size and had a strange shape. The Surgeon told me that i did not need to remove it that they are almost always benign but not 0% chance of being benign and he said i could just have a biopsy or just leave it in and keep a watch on it every 3-6 months. i decided to have it removed because of the pain and that way if it wasn't benign then i would be on the safe side. So i had the surgery the scar was on the side of my breast about 2 inches long and i hate the turnout of it. Other than that the surgery went well it didn't take very long to recover. About three weeks ago 3 months after my surgery i found another lump in the breast i had surgery on (left) and two lumps in the right breast. I scheduled another ultra sound and once again they were fibroadenomas. Heres the problem, the doctor suggested that i leave them in and keep a watch on them or have a biopsy to know for certain that it was benign as he said which it will most likely be because they're rarely ever cancerous. The doctor said i shouldn't have it removed unless its really that big of a deal and to me it was, he seemed to keep trying to talk me out of the surgery and you could tell he really didn't want to do it. he said he doesn't want to have to keep putting scars all over me because he said most likely i am going to have more fibroadenomas in the future. I do not know what to do i am so torn its a lose lose situation for me see i get them taken out and ill have scars all over and they'll still come back and eventually ill have no boobs cause i think it will make them smaller? I keep them in, i read a lot of risks about keeping them in and they are very painful to me i do not know why cause for most people they are not painful at all. I am into working out and am an all-star cheerleader so they bother me a lot no matter what i try and do. if i leave them in also there will still be more to come so ill have many painful lumps in my breast at once, who wants that?

i really need someone's advice answers or opinion on these questions:

Why are my fibroadenomas so painful and other peoples are not?

Will they ever stop growing in me?

What causes them?

Why am i prone to them?

What can i do to prevent them? Or make them never come back?

Is there another way to terminate them without having a bunch of ugly scars all over my breast?

What can happen if i leave them in?

please help me!

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I have a date for my 2nd operation, 17th December. 3 months since the last one! I too have lumps in both arm pits, every now and then they become painful. I had them checked and they told me they are nothing to worry about. Hope that at this op, they remove as many lumps as they can. Want them all out but know this aint possible.

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi all. Thank you for your posts. I rang the clinic and spoke with one of the specialist breast care nurses. She arranged for me to go back to the clinic for my results and they could then check my armpit at the same time.

I was a bit shocked when there as they told me the results were inconclusive as they dont believe they got the cells from the lump which can happen. They've now decided due to the size and the inconclusive result of the FNAC they are going to remove the fibroadenoma. They are still confident that it's benign but at least I will know 100% once removed and tested. I expect to have my surgery in next 3-4 weeks.

I would add that the Specialist Breast Care Nurse was really good, she was kind and caring and made sure she explained everything to me. She gave me a card with her contact details on in case I had any further questions - they do a fantastic job.

Shelly12

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi, i was diagnosed back in december with a fibroadenoma, i must add though that they didnt do the full triple assessment and i wasnt aware that they should have then. I didnt have an ultrasound or mammogram. My lump grew over the next few months quite significantly until i thought well now they will just have to take it out. I went back to gp who referred me again to the breast unit. I then had a triple assessment (an ultrasound though as mammogram would have been too painful at this stage) I was then diagnosed with grade3 breast cancer. Im sure having done the triple assessment they can be more confident of the diagnosis, but if you are concerned go back and get it checked, its nothing to them to check it again for you, but peace of mind for you is a huge thing. I felt like i was fussing over nothing, if i felt then what i do now i would have fussed a lot more.
good luck and i hope it goes well for you
anna

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

Hi Shelly

I had/have a very similar situation to you. After a triple assessment ending in a core biopsy in April, I was diagnosed with a Fibroadenoma. I too had some swelling and discomfort in one armpit which was not really looked at by the hospital. I meant to mention it when I went for the results but was so relieved it was benign, I forgot to. It still played on my mind so in the end I went back to my GP. She examined me really thoroughly and set my mind at ease completely. I hope you get good results, and I think that if anything is worrying you, you should definitely ask the clinic for a follow-up appointment, or even see your GP for peace of mind once you have the results. Try not to worry too much - the triple assessments are very thorough, but it's most important that you feel reassured.

Hope that helps a bit, good luck. x

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I wonder if anyone can give me some advice as I'm concerned. I was diagnosed with a Fibroadenoma in my right breast on Monday after finding a lump 4 weeks ago. I had a triple assessment and at the ultra sound they were very confident it was a Fibroadenoma but did a Fine Needle Aspiration. I was relieved that they were so confident and I get my results next week.

However, Ive had a lump in my right armpit which is constantly sore - ive previously put this down to wearing underwired bra's! I put this on my questionnaire before I went to the clinic but they didnt read this and I think I was dismissive of my armpit as I was more concerned with my lump. The consultant only briefly checked my armpit but not where I feel the lump.

I was given the choice of coming back to the clinic for my results or to be informed by letter, we agreed that they would telephone me with the results backed up with a letter.

I have now become increasingly worried about my armpit. Am I being paranoid? I'm thinking of ringing the clinic to ask if I can come in for my results and ask the consultant to check my armpit again, what do you think?

I'm confused and worried

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Re: Should all fibroadenomas be removed?

I've been reading the previous post and wanted to know if anyone can give me some advice. I was diagnosed with a Fibrodeama in my right breast on Monday (about 2.4cm by 1.2cm in size). They did a triple assessment and the ultra sound dr said it had all the charactaristics of a fibrodeama. The did a fine needle aspiration the results of which I get next week. I was given the choice to visit the clinic to get my results or be told over the phone. I requested a phone call. However, I have had a lump and pain in my right armpit for a while, which I put down to my underwire bra's? However, I'm now worried that this may not be the case and the consultant didnt check that specific area and as I was more concerned with the lump in my breast I didnt really mention it! I'm now wondering whether I should ask to go to the clinic for my results and get the consultant to check my armpit more thoroughly, or am I just being paranoid? Any advice would be great