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Why would I have an enlarged lymph node in my breast?

By Anonymous April 16, 2009 - 6:21am
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I am a 30 y.o. female with no family history of breast cancer. I found a lump in my right breast a short while ago. Over the next few weeks I had 2 sets of mammograms and an ultrasound done. I called my gyn daily to get the results of the tests, and when they finally came in the FNP returned my call. She stated that it was benign, and when I questioned her further she said it was an enlarged lymph node. Not being a pushy person, and I didn't really have any questions prepared for this scenario I let it go and hung up. Now I can't find any info online for why I would have an enlarged lymph node in my breast. From what I'm finding it must not be a common place, because I have yet to find anything.

So, my question is...Is this something that should be further tested? It is still the same size as when I found it about a month and a half ago. The only other symptom I am having is that occasionally my breast will ache slightly. It's usually only for a few seconds and it quits. It occurs maybe 1-2 times a day.

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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

thank you so much. im very worried. the doctors around my town aren't too professional. im looking into it.

May 2, 2014 - 5:38pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

im only 17 );

May 2, 2014 - 2:36pm
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I am glad I found this page! I just turned 27 and have had pain and a small lump in my right breast since december. This happened around the same time that I developed a uti so I thought it may be an infection. My gyno found no lump but I went to my other doctor who was stumped because my breast looked normal and she felt no lump. Finally I got an ultrasound this past Friday and results today..it is apparently a small lymph node. The pain is gone for now buy I don't know if I should seek additional opinions. I don't have health insurance so I am concerned about doing too many tests.

March 18, 2014 - 10:51am
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I'm 48 and have like you do an enlarged lymph node in my breast. I have a niece with breast cancer at age 30. I'm due to have a fine needle biopsy tomorrow morning. My advice for you is if you are that concerned and for peace of mind, get a biopsy done asap. You will feel much better knowing that you have an answer.

December 29, 2013 - 10:00pm
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A few quick things, in regards to the lymph node enlargement, your physician will look for several things such as size, is it tender or non tender, is it mobile or fixed. The paramamillary lymph nodes which drain the breast can become enlarged from an infection within the breast, cancer, or even something as simple as node congestion. I second others' opinions though. Lymph nodes that don't return to size after a few weeks warrant ultrasound and/or biopsy.

October 18, 2013 - 8:21pm

Has anyone getten any results on this topic? I am not sure how old this forum is or how often it is checked. I recently found 3 lumps in the outer quadrant of my left breast. The ultrasound could only pick up one of the lumps which was diagnosed as a lipoma. I was relieved. The radiologist felt that the other lumps were just fibronodular breast tissue and not of much concern and that is why they were not picked up by the ultrasound. And the mammo showed no malignant abnormalities. However, I was told and it was also printed on the ultrasound report that I have "extremely dense" breasts, so I know that a mammo is not the most diagnostic in cases like mine. I am also only 28 years old. They still had me see a BS just to be safe and the breast surgeon felt all the lumps and said these are nothing, just normal fibronodular breast tissue. Mind you, I can feel the boarders of the original lumps that were not seen on the ultrasound. Now, I week later, I have also found 2 more lumps near my armpit. I am so upset. I can only think that they are lymph nodes and they are swollen because of the "normal fibronodular tissue" that may not be normal. The doctor has completely brushed me off. I am so confused and upset. I had two ultrasounds performed 10 days apart, both not picking up on the other easily palpated masses, but both of these ultrasounds were performed prior to me finding these new masses near my underarm, which I can only imagine are lymph nodes because of how they feel, are tender, and where they are located. I feel like I have not been taken seriously once through this entire process and I am so scared. Has anyone who commented on this forum for lymph nodes received any answers yet? I am scared. Thank you for your time, ladies.

October 17, 2013 - 12:54pm
Guide (reply to joliegavin)

Hello joliegavin,
Your post caught my attention. I am wondering why a biopsy of the masses has not been recommended. A new type of mammogram, called a 3D mammogram is available in some areas. It uses the same technology as a CT scan. These are two things you might want to discuss with your physician.

October 17, 2013 - 4:39pm
(reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

Hi Maryann. Thank you for your response. It was a digital mammogram, not a 3D, which I imagine was not available. And a biopsy was not recommended, although I did not ask or push for one. I am getting a second opinion on Monday (today is Friday) but I am so nervous until then.

October 18, 2013 - 2:49pm
Guide (reply to joliegavin)

Hello joliegavin,

I am so glad to hear that you are seeking a second opinion. I can appreciate how you are feeling.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer this past May. It came as a total surprise since I didn't feel a lump or mass. The breast cancer was picked up on a PET scan which I have about every six months to monitor the potential recurrence of brain cancer that was diagnosed five years ago. A mammogram was followed by an ultrasound and ultimately a biopsy.

I will be thinking of you on Monday.


October 18, 2013 - 4:46pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

My prayers are with all of you

May 23, 2014 - 3:48pm
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