Breast biopsy scheduled.. freaking out

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newlywedinlove
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   Posted 8/17/2009 6:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
I am new to this site and let me just tell you that reading some of your posts has already put me a bit at ease. I am only 23 years old and am so scared for what I am about to go through. I found a lump in my right breast about 3 weeks ago, had it checked and had an ultrasound. Well, the ultrasound came out "suspicious" (a very scary word) and I now need a biopsy to determine what the mass is. I go in Wednesday morning for another "consultation" with a breast surgeon. The doctor said the "Primary considerations or possible rule out diagnosis are the following, granulomatous mastitis, other granulomatous processes, fibrous mastopathy and carcinoma of the breast which all have a similar sonographic appearance." Can anyone shed any light on these different things? I've tried googling them but it's still a bunch of doctor jargon. I am absolutely terrified of the worst case scenario. I've never heard of anyone needing a biopsy and not having it be cancer. Does anyone have any good news? Also, if the breast is somewhat sore where the lump is, does that hint toward one of the conditions mentioned?
I'd appreciate any input. Thank you so much.

barkyboys
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   Posted 8/18/2009 3:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Newlywed. The good news is, the radiologist has given 3 options for what that lump may be. Obviously, the most ominous diagnosis would be breast cancer, but that is not your only option. More good news... you say that you've never heard of anyone needing a biopsy and not having it be cancer. about 80% of all breast biopsies are negative for cancer. And age is in your favor as well, although young does not rule out the possibility. Breast cancer is not usually painful, but some women do report pain associated with their cancer, so the fact that you have pain there doesn't rule out the possibility of cancer, but it is a good possible indication that it may be something else.

When is your biopsy scheduled? We hope you'll come back and have some good news to share with us! In the mean time, try not to worry too much. I know that is hard, but worry won't change the outcome.

Hugs for you...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


gma
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   Posted 8/18/2009 7:09 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes, I had two benign biopsies when I was younger and the third was cancer at 58 which was nealy 13 years ago and I have had no further problems with cancer after having a mastectomy then. Hindsight tells me I could have gotten away with a lumpectomy but I wanted to be sure. Hang tough and don't worry until you have something to really worry about. Hugs MK


newlywedinlove
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   Posted 8/18/2009 9:39 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much MK and Bev. Hearing the 80% statistic definitely lifts my spirits. I have one more question. I was told to get a biopsy but now my insurance is sending me to a surgeon. Should I ask him if they are going to take it out anyway and if so to skip the biopsy and just do the surgery? I don't know why I would do both if they could just study the whole thing. Do you recommend lumpectomys?

barkyboys
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   Posted 8/18/2009 10:27 AM (GMT -7)   
When they do a surgical biopsy, they usually try to get as much of the "suspicious" tissue as possible. So if the lump is not cancer, it will be gone. If it should turn out to be cancer, the pathologist looks for clean margins on tissue. This means that there is healthy tissue all the way around what the surgeon removes. If there are adequate clean margins, the surgeon won't have to take out more tissue. If there are "dirty" margins, or the margins are not large enough to be considered safe, then the surgeon will have to take out more tissue to ensure adequate clean margins. If you're in that 80% of women with a benign growth, then you don't want the surgeon to take out more tissue than he has to... you might be left with a "less than attractive" result. The procedure is not that difficult, so I would say less is better for the biopsy. We won't even talk about the "lumpectomy vs. mastectomy" right now, because we're going to think "negative" here..."negative" for cancer, that is!

Hang in there, heed MK's advice about the worry, and let us know how your visit with the surgeon goes.

Hugs....
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz


newlywedinlove
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   Posted 8/18/2009 5:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you so much Bev, I can't tell you how much you guys have helped me. Yesterday I was pretty much crying all day and today not one tear. There's always hope for the positive (or negative if we're talking cancer talk) :) Tomorrow morning is my meeting with the surgeon. I will definitely let you know how it goes and I'm sure I will have more questions. Thank you again!
PS- I am doing a needle biopsy (I think) not a surgical one... does that make a difference to your previous response about whether to take it out and/or do the biopsy?

barkyboys
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   Posted 8/19/2009 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
So how did it go???

BEV
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newlywedinlove
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   Posted 8/19/2009 2:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Not very good. tear tear. I had a little needle biopsy done (not the big needle) because he said I need to have a lumpectomy either way. He did the mini-biopsy today to see if any cancer cells were present. If any are present then we'll need to talk about a lumpectomy vs masectomy with treatments. I'll find out on Friday and schedule the surgery for sometime next week. But sadly, the doctor said it really doesn't look or feel good. I have a 50/50 shot of it being cancer. I am really not ok today. I just got married in March, I felt as if this were finally the start of my perfect life. This is a huge blow to take. Thank God though I have the most amazing family one could ask for and my husband is absolutely wonderful. Poor thing... this is going to kill him. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Do you know people who had breast cancer at a young age and still lived to be 80 cancer free? I just can't picture it. I feel like breast cancer is the beginning of the slippery slope of a cancer-filled life. Also, we wanted to start having kids in about a year or 2. How will all of this affect that? Will it still be possible? I am heartbroken.

barkyboys
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   Posted 8/20/2009 3:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Well, I was not as young as you are, for sure. I was 36 when I was diagnosed. We do have gals here who were much younger than I am, and have been hanging around for a long time! Lori and Annette were both younger than me when they were diagnosed, and they've each got a number of years NED under their belts as well.

My mother had died at 45 of cancer, so I remember thinking about the same way as you...that this was just the beginning of cancer, that they would just keep having to take out parts until there weren't any parts left that weren't vital. But here I am, almost 15 years later, still NED (no evidence of disease). I just went for a checkup with my oncologist, and all my bloodwork was "perfect." So breast cancer doesn't have to be a death sentence. And we'll still hope for the best, even if you're preparing yourself for the worst here!

We'll cross the bridge of husbands and family and kids if we have to, but for now, just take it one day at a time. Most of the questions you ask really depend on the answers you get from the surgeon. I know that it's not easy to let your mind race ahead to the "what if's," but 50/50 is still equal chances that it's not cancer.

Hugs...
BEV
"There's a difference between a philosophy and a bumper sticker."  --Charles Schulz

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