What does "area" mean?

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VD
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   Posted 4/9/2009 9:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 42, found a lump on the bottom side of my right breast 1.5 month ago - I don't exam my breast usually.

I just finished mammogram and Ultrasound + biopsy today, was told the lump is around 1cm and hasn't been moved to lymph yet, but it has a very high possibility to be a cancer, I am supposed to get the Biopsy result by next Wednesday.

The untrasound lady said the lump is small but "the area is big", what does it actually mean? I am very scared and nervous.

Also, how long could I live in the world after the surgery? How much chance would the cancer reccur?

Thank you very much!

YL

Tavish
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   Posted 4/10/2009 6:13 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi YL...sorry you are going through this. :(

I have no idea what would be meant by area, maybe someone else will have some insight.

As hard as it is right now, try to think of other things. Worrying won't change the outcome and no sense letting it eat you up when there is nothing you can do, but for what it's worth, we all agree that waiting is the hardest part of the process....it is easy to let your mind run away and to read a lot on the internet....try to not read too much either, keep it on a need to know basis for the moment. Easier said than done, I know...

As for how long one can live after surgery....dozens and dozens of years! It will depend of if it is cancer, if it has spread and how far. They may recommend further surgery, chemo and or radiation, but there are so many factors that go into that. I will be celebrating my 10 year anniversary in November right before turning 41. Others on here are longer survivors than me.
 
Hang in there, we'll help you get through this.
Lori


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   Posted 4/11/2009 4:44 AM (GMT -7)   
We can all agree that this is a scary time for you. Many have shared the wait and worried, but I always say "Don't worry until you know you have something to worry about!" The pathologist will have a good bit of information from the biopsy which will give the doctors and surgeons what they need to advise you as to surgery and treatment. Chemotherapy is making great strides. My daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer which metastasized to her bone marrow. This is not a common mets and has been virtually untreatable, but with new chemo drugs her bone marrow is now clear of cancer. She is still taking chemo weekly just because it is so new for this to happen the oncologist doesn't know what would happen if they stopped chemo. I tell you this in answer to your question about living after breast cancer. There is no answer because everyone is different and the strides being made today in medicine gives much more chance of a longer lifetime. I was diagnosed in Oct 96 and have had no problem with cancer since. One of our friends here I think is past her 25th year. My daughter-in-law's mother was diagnosed in her 40s and is now 90 with Altzheimer's. Just do what the doctor's and you think is right for you, keep on truckin' and we'll help all we can. Hugs, MK


VD
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   Posted 4/11/2009 9:14 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Tavish and Gma.

Gma, did you get the same problem or just your daughter? Sorry I am new to here. And what is Altzheimer?

Thanks again.

VD
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   Posted 4/12/2009 12:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Also, how fast would the cancer cells grow?

I actually found the lump more than 1 month ago but the doctor asked me to wait for one month and see whether it would shrink, now the ultrasound lady said it's probably cancer, should I schedule the operation as soon as possible? Why do they ask the patient to wait for so LONG???

gma
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   Posted 4/12/2009 3:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi aagain VD, No I did not have the same problem as my daughter with bone marrow breast cancer cells. My cancer was Stage 1and treated by a mastectomy only. She had a mastectomy with her orginal diagnosis and then chemo because she was younger. She had a recurrence eight years later which was over two years ago now. Some cancer cells grow faster than others. Generally they say it takes seven or eight years for a lump to form, so you can see one more month would not make a difference. The ultrasound lady should not have said anything to you about scheduling surgery. Usually they say nothing as they are supposed to do.

Altzheimer's is the disease of the brain that usually affects old people. People joke about having "old timers" when they are forgetful, etc.

When you get the results of your biopsy ask for a copy of the report and tell us what it says. We will maybe be able to help you interpret it.

Hugs MK


VD
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   Posted 4/12/2009 11:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Gma,

When your daughter's cancer was found, which stage was she at?

Also, did you take any chemotherapy with mastectomy? How big was your lump? Did you check your breast once a month and did the X-ray exam every year BEFORE your lump was found?

You said it takes 7-8 years to form a lump? does it mean my lump probably started to form 7 years ago? but why was it not detected by X-ray in 2007? sorry forgive about my stupid questions.

Thanks a lot!

Post Edited (VD) : 4/12/2009 1:34:39 PM (GMT-6)


gma
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   Posted 4/13/2009 9:14 AM (GMT -7)   
My daughter was staged at 2 when she found her lump by feeling it. It was the size that made it Stage II. She had no lymph node involvement. Her lump was the size of the end of your thumb to the 1st joint. My lump was about thumbnail size. It was found during a mammogram. I had two benign lumps over the past 20 years before this one, so yes I was pretty faithful to having my annual test and I still am with my remaining breast. I did not have chemo or radiation. I was 58, there was no node involvement and basically it was a Stage 1. It supposedly takes about seven years to form a lump to be seen in a film. That is an average of course. Today's digital mammograms are supposedly much better in detecting spots earlier. And MRIs are supposedly better, too. We are here to try to answer your questions, but remember we are not experts. Experienced in breast cancer in different ways, yes, but not to be confused with good medical advice. Hugs MK


VD
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   Posted 4/15/2009 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Gma,

I haven't got my result yet.

Generally speaking, Do those doctors working at walk-in clinic have less experience than family doctors? or more experienced? or the same?

Does anybody else know about it?

Post Edited (VD) : 4/16/2009 12:38:58 AM (GMT-6)


gma
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   Posted 4/16/2009 5:31 AM (GMT -7)   
The pathologist and radiologist read the results of tests and send written reports to the doctor. Of course the very best doctor to see is a specialist but they are not always available in small towns or on insurance plans. Until you know what you are dealing with feel sure that you are doing what you can to find the answers. MK


VD
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   Posted 4/16/2009 11:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi, Gma

I am in a big city but I have to see the regular doctor first before he/she refer me to a specialist.  At current stage I am still working with regular doctors...who don't refer me to anybody yet.

 

VD

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