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Why can't I believe

19 May 2017 22:06

Found a lump under ribs... they say it's a limpoma... no cancer just fat... but I suffer pain and discomfort at certain times... why can't I believe them... have they missed it? Has ct scan missed something... how can I feel so much discomfort an it be nothing? Has anyone had this experience

Re: Why can't I believe

23 May 2017 12:55 in response to Evertonmum

Hello and thanks for your post

Doctors often are able to diagnose a lipoma from looking and feeling the lump. In most cases this confirms the diagnosis and no further tests are needed. However,if they are uncertain sometimes a scan is needed to confirm whether the lump is a lipoma. Your doctors appear certain that you have a lipoma.

I think when you are in so much discomfort it’s natural to think the doctor may have missed something. You may find it helpful to discuss this with them and hopefully they will be able to reassure you. Lipomas can sometimes press on nerves and cause pain. They don’t usually need removing but doctors will consider removing them if they are growing and causing discomfort.

We have information on our website on lipomas which you can read by clicking here .The NHS Choices website has further information here.

I hope this helps. If you want to talk to one of the nurses, you can call us on our freephone number on 0808 800 4040, we are here Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. 

Take care,

Re: Why can't I believe

23 Sep 2017 17:27 in response to Evertonmum


Hi Evertonmum,

Welcome to Cancer Chat. I am sorry to hear about your pain and discomfort, but can assure you that this can happen. I was diagnosed with a lipoma earlier this year. It is in my arm and can flare up at times and become very sore, but it can also die down for a while. Do you have any cancer elsewhere?

I was diagnosed courtesy of an ultrasound scan and have been advised to keep a check on it for any change. I must confess that I wasn’t convinced either, as my arm has been painful for quite a number of years. Initially the pain was attributed to my hormone treatment post-mastectomy, but the lump was increasing in size, which is why I returned for further tests. I hope that you can come to accept your diagnosis and realise how fortunate you are that it is not cancerous.

Please keep in touch and let us know how you get on. We are always here for you whenever you want to talk.

Kind regards,

Jolamine xx