Non hodgkins follicular lymphoma

been in remission since 2019 .
last week i found a lump very small under the armpit and inch away from side of left breast ,contacted oncology team ,instructed to get blood test done which i did next day the tuesday, 3 days on not heard back from them yet as promised, guessing it takes a while for them to see blood result.
just worried what they will do next even if bloods are okay ,it should be looked at shouldnt it ? dont know how long things take these days with how things are with waiting times.starting to worry a bit.

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Hu @skye great to hear from you although it must be a worrying time for you, I hate waiting and not knowing.
As for knowing how long things take these days. I think it depends on where you live, staff holidays, staff sickness, staff strikes etc, etc
Do you have a specialist nurse contact or whoever ordered the blood tests who you might contact in a couple of days. My reason for saying that is that you were told that the results would be back in 3 days.
As to what will be the next stage it will perhaps depend on your medical team and your medical history.
Perhaps write down all the questions you might want to ask so you are prepared for your next appointment.
Please do let us know how you get on.
Be kind and look after yourself

Sorry you’re going through this worrying time @skye. Have you heard back from them yet? If not, we’d encourage you to give them a call, as Erica suggested. At least then even if they don’t have the results they might be able to give you an idea of how much longer you might have to wait, and you can talk through what your next steps might be. Have you been in for a face to face check up yet for them to assess the lump?
Your clinical team will be best placed to talk this through with you, as any next steps around investigating these symptoms, will be decided in the context of your individual circumstances and medical history. As you may know, sometimes a lymph node might enlarge due to infection or as an inflammatory reaction, and if your clinical team feel this might be the case after assessing you, they may monitor the situation and review again in a couple of weeks. Or they may assess the lump and decide that a scan might be the next best step. Please don’t hesitate to give our support line a call if you want to talk things through with us, or if we can support you in any way.

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Hi @skye
Have you heard back from anyone?

Not all lumps and bumps are lymphoma as I can testify too.

I also had Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) over 5 years ago the new lumps appeared in my neck are looking like an autoimmune condition not lymphoma.

So of course it’s impossible not to be concerned ( I was) I just wanted to say there can be a thousand other explanations.

Do let us know how you are getting on.


Hello, thankyou for your messages, I did see a consultant for lump under arm they could not feel it, I could. It was uncomfortable in room felt like they did not believe me. It was decided to keep an eye on it see if it gets any bigger. Hopefull it’s a lymph node that comes n goes or due to some infection.last week had a mamogramme no sign of cancer that’s good but can it still be missed. It was first time been back in oncology, it had more of an affect on me than thought it would, I just crumbled inside.
Have usual blood test and appointment in April see how that is then.

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Oh @skye I am so sorry it is a horrible feeling not to be believed, yes, do keep an eye on your lump, but, and this is non medical, try not to obsess over it and prod and poke it (as I might well do) as if I were an innocent lymph node I would not be happy and get angry, literally.
Wow. what a powerful way of putting it ‘crumbling inside’ oh, I know that feeling so well and it stems from my childhood.
Really look after and be kind to yourself and please do keep posting how you are getting on.

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Hello just thought i would update on my lump i found , is seems to have gone and have had next blood test its not showing any problem so hopefully alls okay for now , wish the rest of my life was . When you dont have close suport ,that someone who listens and cares ,who has your back ,can give a hug, without being opinionated ,dismissive, that can leave you feeling like a week useless less of a person , its hard when you feel so fragile to rise above it.

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Hi @skye that is really good news.
Yes, it must be really hard not having close support, yes, sometimes you just feel you need support from someone and a hug.
I needed some talking therapy, if you feel it might help you perhaps your GP is a starting point.
Be ever so kind to yourself, it takes a lot of courage to post on here and be really honest.