12097The disappearing lump
- Feb 26 11:25 PM$5 per opinion will be donated to Breast Cancer research. Really need your
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Marla found a lump under her right breast. After examination the doctor
failed to locate a lump, and diagnosed her with a rib inflammation. He
instructs her to get a screening mammogram in 4 months (May of 2002) which the
patient fails to do.
There are 2 types of mammogram: 1) screening; and 2) diagnostic. A
screening mammogram is used to detect breast abnormalities that may be cancerous
when a patient is without symptoms. A diagnostic mammogram is much more
precise and used for patients who feel a lump in their breast.
In September 2002, the patient again complains of a lump in her right
breast. The doctor examines her breast, but is unable to feel the lump. The
doctor refers her to a breast disease specialist for a mammogram. A month later
the patient obtains screening mammograms of both breasts. The mammograms
appear normal, but the radiologist recommends further evaluation due to the
patient's history of feeling a breast mass. Cancer is detected. The Patient has
a 60-62% chance that her cancer will return by 2012 and will likely be
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