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Hard painless lump under the collar bone. Family history of breast cancer. Treatment?

My sister has a rock hard lump about 1 - 1 1/2 inches wide just on or under her collarbone. The lump is painless but has been there for for at least 2 months and has grown in size. I am very worried because I have had breast cancer and our mother also. I think she is in denial, but I want her to check it out immediately, what do you think? Please email me at YYYY@YYYY
Asked On : Sat, 17 Nov 2012
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Oncologist 's  Response

If the lump has developed within the last two months then it certainly needs to be investigated.
First, a doctor should see it and try to locate the origin, whether it is from the breast, soft tissue or bone. Then other tests are ordered accordingly, which may include a biopsy.

There is a very high chance of cancer and it should not be delayed.
Answered: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Das Arindam's  Response
Sep 2012
Hello, welcome to HCM.
When you are asking a question to a doctor, you need to give minimum two parameters one is age and other is sex. Because without these two, one cannot give your answer properly.
The lump you described indicates a supraclavicular lymph node. You did not mentioned the side ( right or left). Because, a left sided supraclavicular lymph node is always due to malignant cause not otherwise specified.
As, you have a history of breast CA, you must have to be investigated for any lesions.
Do a Fine needle aspiration cytology from the lymph node and it will prove the present condition.

Dr. Arindam.
Answered: Sun, 18 Nov 2012
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