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cupycake2
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   Posted 6/3/2009 8:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Had my mammo done a couple of weeks ago. Called me back for more views. Went in and they took 4 new views. Radiologist said I had an area that was questionable....Referred to it as a Category 3.  Told me  that it was "likely benign" and they want to follow up in 6 months. Has anyone else here been told the same thing? Why do I feel uneasy able playing the "waiting" game?  Is it just with my history of Breast Cancer that has me so scared?  I am a 24 year survivor and still get uneasy when I go for that yearly mammo.
I knew that I could come here and get the opinions of your girls...you have always been there.
Thanks in advance.
Debbie
 
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gma
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Huh? Likely benign is not in our vocabulary around here. What does YOUR doctor say? I would like to know what a category three is? Sorry I didn't answer this sooner, well I guess you only posted last night. Get on the phone and start calling, please. Hugs MK


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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, I would want it checked out now. It is just not worth waiting on. The sooner it is biopsied, the sooner you can relax! PLEASE ask for a biopsy!

Love you, Gail
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postal2
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   Posted 6/4/2009 5:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Here is what categories mean:
Debbie with your history, I still would not want to wait. "Probably" is not acceptable to me.
 

BI-RADS Category Assessment Clinical Management Recommendation(s) Strength of Recommendation References Comments on References

0 Assessment incomplete Need to review prior studies and/or complete additional imaging A 3 All or none study; consensus guidelines
1 Negative Continue routine screening A 3, 8 Consensus guidelines; validated clinical decision tool
2 Benign finding Continue routine screening A 3, 8 Consensus guidelines; validated clinical decision tool
3 Probably benign finding Short-term follow-up mammogram at 6 months, then every 6 to 12 months for 1 to 2 years B 3, 6, 8, 10–15 Consensus guidelines; cohort studies; large case series; validated decision tool; less patient stress; lowered costs with surveillance
4 Suspicious abnormality Perform biopsy, preferably needle biopsy A 3, 8–10 All or none study; validated clinical decision tool
5 Highly suspicious of malignancy; appropriate action should be taken. Biopsy and treatment, as necessary. A 3, 8–10 All or none study; validated clinical decision tool
6 Known biopsy-proven malignancy, treatment pending Assure that treatment is completed



  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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   Posted 6/5/2009 7:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I like a 3 better than a 4, but "probably" is not sufficient. Anyone with a hx of BC should not be made to wait....if it were me, I'd push for a f/u sooner.
Hugs to you.
Lori


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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I think I would be telling my doctor that "probably benign" is not an acceptable answer. Actually, I had a lump in my remaining breast that did not show on my mammogram (my first two cancers didn't, either). I went straight to my surgeon, he felt the lump, said it was "probably nothing," and then added, "but I think you've heard that before, so we should go ahead and biopsy..." We did the biopsy and it was benign. But that little scar is so worth my peace of mind! It is my favorite scar!

Take care, and as MK would say, try not to worry til you know you have something to worry about, but that doesn't mean you should not be proactive about this!

love and hugs....
BEV
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gma
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   Posted 6/6/2009 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Gail, I see a B under strengh of recommendation when all others have an A. That in itself would tell me how sure the docs are. Get a biopsy! Hugs MK


postal2
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   Posted 6/6/2009 9:20 AM (GMT -7)   
MK, I hadn't noticed that. I agree with your thinking!

Hugs, Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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kmonke
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   Posted 6/13/2009 12:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, Debbie,

Sorry to hear of the latest mammo reading. I too think I'd request a biopsy or further testing anyway.

Hugs,

Kitty

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   Posted 6/13/2009 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   

I have to agree w/ all of the ladies. GET THE BIOPSY DONE ASAP. I bet that if it was a family member of your medical staff they wouldn't wait for 6 months.

Deb


 


Tavish
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   Posted 6/16/2009 7:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Any update on this Deb?


postal2
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   Posted 6/17/2009 12:41 AM (GMT -7)   
Deb, I have been thinking of you too, and wondering if there is any updates?

Love and Hugs,
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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