What is a breast work up?

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newtopc
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   Posted 12/29/2009 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I just received a call from the hospital. My wifes doctor has ordered a breast work up. What does that mean? She had a mamogram 6 months ago and another one last week.

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/29/2009 5:20 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm not a doctor or medical professional, so I can only give you suggestions. I don't know why there would be a workup (or additional testing) unless: 1) there was an abnormality on the mammogram, or 2) the mammogram was normal, but there is a palpable lump or thickening that is of concern (mammograms miss up to 30 percent of breast cancers, particularly in younger women). Additional testing may mean anything to additional compression view mammography, sonogram, or even a biopsy. It depends on how far they need to proceed in order to definitively rule out (or diagnose, as the case may be) breast cancer.

I hope all turns out well for your wife. Please let us know, and we'll be hoping for the best for her.


BEV
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newtopc
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   Posted 1/2/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for responding, the hospital said that they want to do an additional mamogram and unltrasound. She has doctors appt on Jan 6th and scheduled at hospital Jan 11th. There ia a 90% chance that I have prostate cancer. I am praying for her, we both do not need to be fighting the war at the same time. Greg

barkyboys
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   Posted 1/5/2010 4:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Greg. Good luck with your wife's appointment tomorrow. Hope it goes well. My brother is a prostate cancer survivor. He was diagnosed about 5 years ago, had surgery, and is doing well now. I know from his experience that it can be equally devastating to a man, emotionally and physically, as breast cancer is for a woman. So I wish you well and hope for a benign finding for you, as well.

There is a very good board here on healingwell for prostate cancer... I hope you will visit it for yourself!

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

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