Fibroadenoma??

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frombc
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   Posted 9/23/2009 9:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, I just recently had a mammo and ultrasound and the report said that I had what looked like 2 fibroadenomas and some microcalcifications that were likely benign. The microcalcs (which were deemed benign) were seen on my last mammo in late 2007, but she thought that perhaps they had changed. She had to consult with another radiologist to decide. My doc said that was a good sign that it wasn't an obvious change.

They want me to come back in 6 months for a follow-up. My GP however is sending me to a breast specialist. In his words "not because I think you have cancer, but because I'm more conservative than the radiologist".

I'm 50 and read that in women over 40 they usually just remove the suspected adenoma to make sure. I'm curious as to why they wouldn't just have it removed rather than have me come back in 6 months. Also, how do they know it's not a phyllodes tumor? I noticed the lump in May, but assumed it was just a cyst, so I waited until my yearly physical. The Dr. felt it right away and sent me for a mammo/US which I had on Sep/4.

My appointment with the specialist isn't until Nov/18. I don't think the lump has grown since finding it, but I've lost about 15 lbs since then and sometimes I think it's larger. I've read phyllodes grow quite rapidly and are quite large. My lump was 11 mm. If it were a suspected phyllodes would they not have sent me to have it excised right away?

I'm confused as to whether I should be worried about it or not. Any words of wisdom or advice would be greatly appreciated. Like I didn't have enough peri-meno anxiety as it was. Now to add this to my plate :( Thanks so much.
50 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
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...Aloe
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barkyboys
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   Posted 9/23/2009 5:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, frombc...
I think your doctor is a good one. He's not taking any chances, and that is the best kind of doctor to have. You aren't going to find women here who are going to agree with the "wait and see" approach, because we've all been diagnosed with breast cancer. Some doctors don't agree with that. They see no need to go through a surgical procedure for nothing. But a biopsy is the only way to be absolutely sure, and I'd rather have a biopsy with a benign finding than a mammogram in 6 months that said, "Oops... we were wrong." Honestly, most breast cancers tend to be slow growing, and so 6 months is not going to make a huge difference when a tumor has taken years to grow to the point that it can be seen on a mammogram. Phyllodes tumors are pretty rare, but you are right, they are fast growing. If they suspected a phylodes tumor, I'm sure they would have insisted on a biopsy asap.

I know it is easier said than done, but try not to worry til you know you have something to worry about. Worry won't change the results, and it really sounds like your doctor is saving you six more months of worry and anxiety.

You mentioned that you are peri-menopausal... are you taking hormones, by any chance?

Hope this helps!

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


frombc
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   Posted 9/24/2009 8:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Bev, Thanks for the reply. I wasn't sure if phyllodes always grew quicky, but yes, I would hope that they would have sent me to have it removed. I just find it a little disconcerting, because I know they can guess that it's a fibroadenoma vs a phyllodes, but can't be certain until it's removed.

No, I'm not taking any hormones for my peri.
50 year old female
Dx'd with proctosigmoiditis July/06
Salofalk enemas 4(g) at bedtime every night right now
..adding 8000 IUs of vitamin E to my enema
...Aloe
Vit B complex/folic acid
fish oil (pharmaceutical grade)
VSL#3

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