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Indeterminate abnormal appearing mass

30 Jun 2020 01:21

Husband has had a lump under his ear for a couple of years.  He saw doctor when it first came up who apparently told him to keep an eye on it.  It hasn't got noticeable bigger so didn't go back.  Has now seen ENT as voice is very hoarse and is a non smoker and almost non drinker. ENT said voice box ok but didn't like lump and sent him for ultrasound which he had 9 days later.  Report is back saying it is an indeterminate abnormal appearing mass and appearances not typical of a lipoma or lymph node with a normal thyroid.  He needs a core biopsy.  Very worried this means they think he has cancer, and he's had lump over 2 years.  Not sleeping for worry.

Indeterminate abnormal appearing mass

30 Jun 2020 14:37 in response to Porpoiselover

Hello and thank you for your post.

I can appreciate your worry, I think most people in this situation would be. Waiting for the results of tests and investigations can be really difficult but I am afraid to say that there is no way around this.

There is no way of knowing what the results are before they are reported.  So, in the meantime do stop searching for answers on the internet, if you are. This is because it cannot possibly tell you what this is. Instead it will feed you with information and other peoples stories that for the most part will not be relevant.  Instead try to keep busy and if you can the two of you should still acknowledge this is happening and talk about it. If you are able to - try and live in the here and now.

I hope this is sorted out soon. In the meantime you are both welcome to get back to us if you need any more information or support.  You may find it helpful to talk things through with one of the nurses on our helpline.  The number to call is Freephone 0808 800 4040 and the lines are open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Friday.

Take care,

Caroline