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Lump under arm few inches below armpit. Which specialist should we see?

My husband has a lump under his arm , about 5-6 inches below the armpit. It has not changed in about 6 months, but is about the size of an almond ... what kind of doctor should he see? Our family doc writes prescriptions for antibiotics for every ailment so we d like to go direct to a specialist since our insurance permits it.
Asked On : Fri, 1 Mar 2013
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General & Family Physician 's  Response
Dec 2012

Thanks for posting,

From your description the lump may be due to a benign tumor such as a cyst, lipoma, fibroadenoma etc or could be a malignant mass. To answer your question, the best specialist to see right now is a surgeon (visceral) who would perform either a biopsy or a complete excision (depending on characteristic of the mass) and send to the pathology laboratory for analysis and determining of the actual cause of the mass. Even on physical examination the surgeon can determine which mass it is.
An oncologist can also be a specialist to visit, either will help (oncologist might refer you to the surgeon for excision biopsy before managing the condition later).

hope this helps
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