Oncology

Oncology questions? Ask an oncologist for answers ASAP

Ask a Doctor,
Get an Answer ASAP!

A year ago I had a orthopedic doctor check a lipoma on my…

Customer Question
A year ago I had...
A year ago I had a orthopedic doctor check a lipoma on my shin area. Off the shin bone. Appears when flexing.
Now, to the right of that lipoma is another lump when I flex my leg hard- while legs are crossed.
It's elongated and is a noticeable bump.
I have to really twist and tighten my calf over my knee for it to be felt.
Is this a sarcoma presentation?
I need some facts about this before I panic
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Oncology
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Answered in 13 minutes by:
5/27/2015
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
doconc
doconc, Medical Oncologist
Category: Oncology
Satisfied Customers: 503
Experience: I am a board-certified medical oncologist and specialize in adult oncology
Verified
Hello. I have reviewed your post. First, the likelihood of sarcoma is very low. This could be scarring or could be some other benign process. The best evaluation for this would be an MRI. This is the best test to evaluate for processes in the soft tissues of the leg. The likelihood of this being sarcoma is very small, but certainly this should be evaluated further to make sure this is not something more ominous. I know these can be scary, and sometime lipomas can scar and grow elongated and could very likely be another lipoma or other benign process. I hope this helps answer your question.
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok. Would an xray show anything?
Also, I'm 30. Female. I played soccer childhood through college.
Do sarcomas present as a solid mass? Hard or soft? And is there pain and then a lump or the latter?
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
Given your history of playing soccer, this could even be an old injury and scar tissue. A plain x-Ray would not likely show anything as these are good at looking at bone but not soft tissue questions in the leg
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok could you explain a little maybe about how sarcomas present usually in the leg? Like I mentioned. My lipoma hasn't changed in a year. At all. Depressable and soft and small. This spot is also soft and depressable. Just kinda sticks out to the side of the lipoma. I have to cross my leg, twisting my calf on my knee, to have it feelable.When I release my calf, it cannot be felt or seen. It's like being pushed up. I have measured the circumference of both my calves and there isn't any swelling that I can measure. Both are the same.
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
If it is also soft and depressable then it's very likely another lipoma or an extension of the other one. Sarcomas are usually firm and don't depress. Being thorough, I would suggest an MRI. An ultrasound may be useful as well, but if inconclusive, they would likely recommend an MRI. I wouldn't recommend a biopsy until further imaging is done, as if it is suspicious then you would want to see a specialist first. Typically, this would be an orthopedic oncologist. But this is likely lipoma.
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok. This is very scary. All of that information is very scary to me. I was hoping this would not sound anything like a cancer in my leg.Is this something that an occur next to a lipoma?Do you know if there are other symptoms?Any facts at all that can help me not to completely freak out
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
This doesn't sound like cancer at all, but just trying to give you some direction to help you evaluate this further to put your mind at ease. I know it can be scary, and I want to assure you this does not sound at all like cancer.
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok I'm sorry for all the questions. Are sarcomas in the shin area generally round or can they be any shape and..after reading I know there are many different types of sarcomas..but commonly in the shin area- is there a type or a usual presentation? I don't have pain nor do I have any pain when forcing the spot to come up. If I rub over the area with lotion, it moves along like it would over swelling like soft and smooth. No feelable edges.
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
Typically in the shin area it would be most likely consistent with osteosarcoma, though soft tissue sarcomas can grow there too. They are usually fixed and don't move and don't typically have smooth edges. They can grow any shape, but are not usually smooth and round, as there is a significant amount of inflammation and so scarring forms and make their borders irregular and they don't usually move around with rubbing on it. A lipoma can also become inflamed if you rub on it too much, so I would not mess too much with it.
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Ok. Are they usually hard or can they be soft?This one, is definitely depressable. And painless. I'm not able to get into an orthopedic doctor for 10 days I'm a nervous wreck after googling. This isn't a visable spot on my leg, unless I twist with legs crossed. Could the lipoma cause the muscle to come up like this?This is about 1 1/2 inch long, it's on the edge of the front of my leg. Where the indent begins when flexing the calf. Like I said it's just kind of a bulge or ridge and I can press down on it. It doesn't stand up very high or anything but I can feel it when I run my fingers over my leg. I'm sorry if this sounds ranting. I'm trying to explain to help you understand and give me opinion.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I also read most are in the thigh/hip/behind knee. Is the shin area uncommon?
I'm trying to say ok, no swelling. No pain. And it's depressable. It's probably ok.
Oncologist: doconc, Medical Oncologist replied 3 years ago
First, the shin area is not a common site for soft tissue sarcoma. The thigh and buttocks area is by far the most common. As far as waiting 10 days, there is very likely nothing to be concerns with and waiting 10 days even if it was something concerning is still a pretty short period of time. This does not sound like cancer given how you describe it and the fact that it's immediately adjacent to the lipoma and feels the same.
Ask Your Own Oncology Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Thanks. I'm going to try to chill out about this. It could have been there forever. And I just noticed it. It may have been present a year ago when I had the lipoma looked at.
Everything I read online describes pain or swelling. So I'm trying to justify what I have.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Hi DocOnC- I got into the orthopedic surgeon today. He felt my leg and said that it's muscle inflammation there or another lipoma. It's soft and smooth and depressable.
He didn't suggest an MRI.
Should I press for one or is that suffient?
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Dr. onc- can I ask a follow up?
Was this answer helpful?

How JustAnswer works

step-image
Describe your issueThe assistant will guide you
step-image
Chat 1:1 with an oncologistLicensed Experts are available 24/7
step-image
100% satisfaction guaranteeGet all the answers you need
Ask doconc Your Own Question
doconc
doconc
doconc, Medical Oncologist
Category: Oncology
Satisfied Customers: 503
503 Satisfied Customers
Experience: I am a board-certified medical oncologist and specialize in adult oncology

doconc is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I feel so much better today, and upon further investigation believe that there is a chance that the responses I got saved me from a serious, even life threatening situation. I am very grateful to the experts who answered me.

Susan O.USA

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

This expert is wonderful. They truly know what they are talking about, and they actually care about you. They really helped put my nerves at ease. Thank you so much!!!!

AlexLos Angeles, CA

Thank you for all your help. It is nice to know that this service is here for people like myself, who need answers fast and are not sure who to consult.

GPHesperia, CA

I couldn't be more satisfied! This is the site I will always come to when I need a second opinion.

JustinKernersville, NC

Just let me say that this encounter has been entirely professional and most helpful. I liked that I could ask additional questions and get answered in a very short turn around.

EstherWoodstock, NY

Thank you so much for taking your time and knowledge to support my concerns. Not only did you answer my questions, you even took it a step further with replying with more pertinent information I needed to know.

RobinElkton, Maryland

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Dr. David

Dr. David

Doctor (MD)

9,561 satisfied customers

Experienced Oncology Physician trained in New York City. I'm ready to help.

Dr. Samurai

Dr. Samurai

Physician

51 satisfied customers

I will provide help with all gastroenterological (GI) oncology questions.

Dr. Nina Lim

Dr. Nina Lim

Doctor (MD)

11 satisfied customers

Internal Medicine Physician

doconc

doconc

Medical Oncologist

503 satisfied customers

I am a board-certified medical oncologist and specialize in adult oncology

J

J

Doctor (MD)

13 satisfied customers

Board Certified in Medical Oncology

Family Physician

Family Physician

Doctor

2,592 satisfied customers

Emergency Medicine and Family Practice for over 26 years

Dr. Ketch

Dr. Ketch

Board Certified Physician

76 satisfied customers

Medical Degree, Former Assistant Professor at School of Medicine at Yale University

< Previous | Next >

Related Oncology Questions
I have a squishy lump on my leg that can only be felt or
I have a squishy lump on my leg that can only be felt or seen when I squat down. You can not see it or feel it at all when I'm standing or legs are straight. It's midway between my knee and my ankle o… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
13,138 satisfied customers
Muscles hurts on both sides of legs on both legs all the
Muscles hurts on both sides of legs on both legs all the time could it be shin splints I do have a very walking based job on concrete… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I recently noticed a fairly large mass underneath my lower
Hello, I recently noticed a fairly large mass underneath my lower right thigh. When I push on it, it's hard, but there's only a minimal amount of pain. I can feel the dimensions of the growth and have… read more
Dr. Chip
Dr. Chip
M.D.
13,138 satisfied customers
I had a question. I noticed a hard bump on the inside of my
Hi, I had a question. I noticed a hard bump on the inside of my shin bone. It is sore. Kind of a dull pain but not constant. More when it is pressed on. Right in the center of my leg. I went to an ort… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
Do soft tissue sarcomas such as synovial sarcomas usually
Do soft tissue sarcomas such as synovial sarcomas usually bruise? 2-weeks ago I noticed a sore spot on the top of my foot that started a small red area with a bluish bruise. The next morning the red a… read more
Dr Stan
Dr Stan
DO
3,638 satisfied customers
Dr., I hope you're doing fine. For the past few days, below
Dr. David,I hope you're doing fine.For the past few days, below the knee, on the inner side of my left calf I have been feeling a bump that seems to move (if I press it down with my index and medium f… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I have a lump that my doctor thought was muscle no
I have a lump that my doctor thought was muscle no rebuilding for a year now. But I thought it wasn't as it wasn't there before had plenty of time to reduce or heal and it hurts on exertion. I asked 3… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I have many lumps in my upper thighs. Is it possible to have
I have many lumps in my upper thighs. Is it possible to have this many lumps be cancerous like bone cancer or sarcoma?… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
On each thigh, I have an area with two dimples about 4
On each thigh, I have an area with two dimples about 4 inches apart. The skin in between the dimples appears raised. Like a soft lump or maybe it's just fat. It's on both thighs. Same place. And the l… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I have had a small, depressable lump on the outside on my
Hello, I have had a small, depressable lump on the outside on my leg- next to my shin bone on the outside. Two different orthopedic doctors told me it's either a lipoma or a vein. On the same leg, alo… read more
Anthony Bray, MD
Anthony Bray, MD
Doctoral Degree
9,226 satisfied customers
My son is 3 and has a oval shapped slightly raised area on
My son is 3 and has a oval shapped slightly raised area on his forehead. It is soft to touch like the rest of his forehead, under it, i can feel his forhead bone/ridge and it isnt painful. Looking bac… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I wanted to ask which soft tissue sarcomas present as a soft
hello doctor,i wanted to ask which soft tissue sarcomas present as a soft lump? i know most present as a hard lump but ive heard some present as soft lumps which ones do?… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I have had a pain in my left lower leg off and on for almost
Hi, I have had a pain in my left lower leg off and on for almost a year. It has been most notable at night and feels like a knitting needle stabbing me on the inside part of the middle of my shin bone… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
Here's a link of the bump I was telling you about.
Here's a link of the bump I was telling you about. http://s1347.photobucket.com/albums/p708/cg251/?action=view¤t=1372994796_zpsd3f15779.jpg… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
I have a lump on the top of my scapula that has been ultra
i have a lump on the top of my scapula that has been ultra sounded. it is a 3X2X2 CM heterogeneous hypoechoic avascular solid appearing mass effect similar echogenicity to muscle tissue this might rep… read more
doconc
doconc
Medical Oncologist
503 satisfied customers
What does a soft tissue sarcoma feel like? are they hard and
what does a soft tissue sarcoma feel like? are they hard and stationary? or soft and moveable? What are the symptoms of a soft tissue sarcoma, do they grow quickly?… read more
Louise Sivak
Louise Sivak
Pediatrician
Doctoral Degree
138 satisfied customers
I have what they have identified as a lipoma lower left
I have what they have identified as a lipoma lower left back, it was not detected on the CT scan and appeared out of no where. I was ill on the Thursday went to the Dr told her back was hurting, she c… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
About 7 years ago I noticed a slight lump under my
About 7 years ago I noticed a slight lump under my armpit/the right side of my chest. I was very young, so I didn't really think anything of it. Now at 30, you can see the lump a little clearly. I hav… read more
Dr. David
Dr. David
Doctor (MD)
Post-Doctoral Degree
9,561 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x