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HFSSC posted 3/12/2014 17:34 PM

JM mentioned feeling something strange on his chest and asked me to check it. There is a mass just below his sternum. Midline, about an inch in diameter. It doesn't feel mobile, but doesn't feel like bone either. He said it was a little tender when I palpated it.

Of course it was time for him to go to work and I can't call the doctor until tomorrow am. I'm going to call and get him seen tomorrow if possible. I am scared. My best friend from 5th grade lost her brother (who I always had a crush on) to lymphoma which metastasized to his brain. It was discovered due to a mass in his chest.

I can't say anything in front of our boys because I don't want to worry them.

Dr. PJ or any other medical peeps, you got something reassuring for me????

MovingUpward posted 3/12/2014 17:44 PM

Sending prayers

jrc1963 posted 3/12/2014 17:47 PM

Sending Prayers!!!

FWSO just finished three years of chemo for Lymphoma... He's cleared and in remission.

I'm praying that this isn't even Lymphoma for JM... but if it is... I wanted to give you hope.

nowiknow23 posted 3/12/2014 17:53 PM

(((((JM & HF))))) Sending it all your way. Keep breathing, hon.

fireproof posted 3/12/2014 18:32 PM

You can call the on call doctor (call the office line) and if he doesn't feel well go to the ER.

I knew someone who waited and passed. Better to be safe than sorry.

Sending positive prayers!

tryingagain74 posted 3/12/2014 18:35 PM

Sending you positive mojo.


ThoughtIKnewYa posted 3/12/2014 18:38 PM

(((HF & JM)))

tushnurse posted 3/12/2014 18:53 PM

Here is to lipomas. Does he have any irregular bumps or lumps other places? Some people are prone to fatty tumors. Others develop them as we get older. He is heading into middle age and may have some hormone changes that make him more prone to growing these. That's what I am betting on. But I will send awesome SI mojo and prayers your way.

purplejacket4 posted 3/12/2014 19:19 PM

Excactly where was the lump?

Most lymphomas that can be felt are noticed above the collarbones. I've never heard of any chest mass being palpated. The only "bad" thing I've seen was a patient with a rib muscle sarcoma (cancer of the skeletal muscle).

HFSSC posted 3/12/2014 19:32 PM

PJ, it's almost exactly midline, just below the xiphoid. I guess it's more upper abdominal, perhaps? I wondered if it could be a lipoma. I'm just thoroughly freaked out and scared.

purplejacket4 posted 3/12/2014 19:42 PM

Is it soft? Does it feel like if you move the skin you move it? Is it circular?

HFSSC posted 3/12/2014 19:44 PM

It feels circular. Not soft, but not hard either...firm, I guess. The skin moves over it...doesn't feel like the mass is moving.

caregiver9000 posted 3/12/2014 19:49 PM


Here is a weird question... Can you feel anything similar on you? Cause I totally went to that area and feel "something..."

5454real posted 3/12/2014 19:50 PM

prayers sent.

purplejacket4 posted 3/12/2014 19:54 PM

It still sounds like a lipoma. Try not to be too worried.

HFSSC posted 3/12/2014 19:57 PM

caregiver, I don't feel anything similar on me.

PJ, thanks! He's at work. I'm going to call our primary doc 1st thing in the am so I can quit worrying.

jo2love posted 3/12/2014 20:08 PM

(((JM & HFSSC)))

Sending prayers.

thebighurt posted 3/12/2014 20:14 PM

Acute SI Mojo for it to be lipoma (as i sit here palpating the one I've had for more than 30 years). I'm with Dr. PJ and the others. Always a huge worry, I know. You're right to want it checked asap. Hugs to you both.

fireproof posted 3/12/2014 20:51 PM

If he gets worse take him to the ER or call his doctor's office. There is someone on call and they may have access to your husbands history.

You are your best advocate. Once I was in a room full of doctors and they called a specialist to help another doctor who was having issues because things were unclear. There are abnormal things etc - best to be safe. That is why they are there.

Good luck!

tushnurse posted 3/13/2014 07:55 AM

The other thing it could be if tender, is a sebaceous cyst starting up. I actually sent a 96 year old to a surgeon yesterday for one. It started as a pea sized hard mass, and by the next week was quarter sized, red angry, and sore.
The Dr excised it in the office, and she is all better.

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