MALT lymphoma often appears in the breast. I have had it there several times. For more information you might want to go to yahoogroups.com and join the nhl-MALT group. If the diagnosis is low-grade MALT lymphoma, you may just be put on Watch & Wait; that is, if you have an oncologist who has treated MALT nhl before. It is not handled at all like other cancers, so a general oncologist may not be able to give you the best advice. DO DO DO get a second opinion.
> they think it may be Lymphoma but they still are not 100% certain. He said they are wanting to send it off and run more tests on the sample.
hi, probably it went like this: somebody looked at the cells under a microscope, The cells look unusual, in a way that cancer cells look unusual. But the cause still might be something else.
So then they might use a complicated lab test called Flow Cytometry to get further clues, regarding tiny proteins that are on the surface of the cells. Then they might send away for another even-more-complicated method called FISH to be more certain, which can only be done in certain regional labs. In the end, most diagnoses are pretty sure - though it is true that in some cases the nature of the cells is on the borderline. E.g., a lot has to do with how many of the surface proteins exist as opposed to how many of another type, it's not all-or-nothing. So how much is "a lot" or "a little" is not always clear if the number is really in the middle.
You can get a 2nd opinion on the reading of a test. Whether to ask for that would, I suppose, come down to how certain or uncertain the first reading was.
On the plus side, every doc there seems to have thought it was not lymphoma (such as Subcutaneous T-cell lymphoma).
Anyway, I just noticed the original date - so you'll know by now. I hope it turned out well for you.