Hi. A 1-2 inch lump found deep within your husband's left arm is something unusual and should be brought to the doctor for further investigation. It may just be a non-cancerous tumor, such as a lipoma (a tumor composed of fat cells), but there is also a possibility of sarcoma (cancer involving muscles, bones and ligaments). A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) study of your husband's left arm may need to be done to determine what that lump really is.
Thank you, I will research online the options you brought up. So he needs to just see a doctor. not go to the emergency room?
Would it be okay to wait a few months? Like I said earlier, he is in between jobs and it could be a few months before he has insurance in order to see a doctor about this.
Is there anything else I should be looking for in my husband?
Thanks for taking the time to reply, Dr Roque.
Hi. You don't have to bring your husband to the emergency room right now. A simple outpatient consult will do to evaluate that arm lump. You may opt to wait it out until your husband has acquired medical insurance, but I suggest that you observe that lump for signs of rapid growth or worsening pain. If these things happen, it might be best to see a doctor sooner.