Breast biopsy scheduled, scared.

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momtofour
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   Posted 1/22/2005 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   
hello everyone.
 
I'm 33 with a strong family history of breast cancer (sister diagnosed at 37 with invasive breast cancer, mother at 68 with non-invasive.) I got my first mammogram three months ago and it showed some calcification in my right breast. I was advised to get another mammogram 3 months later to make sure the area hadn't changed. Well, I got the mammogram done last week and it seems the calcifications have increased, which concerned my doctor enough to order a surgical biopsy for me, especially because of my family history. My biopsy is next week and I'm scared to death, to say the least. Both of the procedure itself and the end result. It sounds like it is going to be a pretty invasive biopsy, involving general anesthesia.
 
My questions:  anyone else have suspicious calcifications? What should I expect during/after the biopsy? (Recovery time, estimated length of procedure, etc.)
 
And how long did you have to wait for the results?
 
Thanks for any words of wisdom and advice.

MNlady13
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   Posted 1/22/2005 9:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Momtofour, I see you also found this board. I left you a message at iVillage. I am sure you will get lots of feedback and support here, too. I know these women and they are wonderful. Good luck to you, Lauri
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Nature's Spirit
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   Posted 1/23/2005 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
hi momtofour,
 
I just went through a week of worrying about a biopsy that has been changed to surgical removal next week..ugh waiting I am finding out is the worst, well for right now..
 
My lump was found 2 yrs ago, and they believed it to be a fibroid adnoma, so they kinda just left me hangin on time to see what was gonna change and recently it did, it's up to almost an inch in diameter, so since it's causing pain and its solid they skipped the biopsy..
 
Not sure if this helps because it sounds different, but when I went for the biopsy (that didn't happen)..it was an ultrasound guided one, and my lump is right under my nipple you can feel it real well, so they kinda scratch off the skin in the area and then numb you up with a local anesthetic, insert the needle that has 3 or more prongs at the end and when they reach it, it takes a specimen from one area then the needle moves and takes another from a different area and again.. then it slides back out with a sucking motion so it doesnt affect the tissue surrounding the lump.. Like I mentioned I don't know if this is what your talking about, your's sounds so much more involved maybe because it's deeper? That would be why your going to be put under..
 
The nurse told me it would take at the most 3 days to find out the results, and it would be achy for about 2-3 weeks..
 
I hope this helps you, I know how scared you must be.. I am having a hard time myself but the women here are really helpful and are very supportive and compassionate.. They welcomed me with open arms and my arms are open as well~sending you lots of prayers with peace of mind and the strength and understanding to deal with whatever the outcome maybe..
 
(((HUGS)))
Jenny
There are two days in the week about which and upon which I never worry.  Two carefree days, kept sacredly free from fear and apprehension.  One of these days is Yesterday... And the other day I do not worry about is Tommorrow.  
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   Posted 1/23/2005 9:51 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm a little surprised that they didn't do a biopsy when the microcalcifications first appeared, especially with your family history, although genetics only accounts for about 10% of dxs.
 
When microcalcifications first appeared in my left breast, they did a needle-guided biopsy. A needle was placed into the micros, guided by a sonagram. This tells the surgeon where to find the suspicious area. Under general anesthetic, the surgeon removes the micros.
 
I'm not sure about micros but with a lump or tumor, there is a flash freeze test that can be done in the operating room that is 95% accurate as to whether it is cancerous or not. In my case, I had the surgery on a Mon, on Tues they discovered it was cancerous, and I had my second mastectomy on Wed. I had already gone through a horrible ordeal with b/c and didn't want to even think about a lumpectomy.
 
If you do have cancerous microcalcifications, this is the time to catch them. I know that nothing you will hear here can take away the anxiety, but we can sure try. This is the absolute best place to find listening ears and many who have been through what you are experiencing now. You would be surprised how much all of us have in common.
 
I am very sorry that you have come to us and certainly hope your stay will be very short. Regardless, keep us informed as to what happens. The knowledge of the women on this board is immense as is their willingness to share that information.
 
Hugs, Jo-Ann
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momtofour
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   Posted 1/23/2005 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you ladies. MNlady13, I posted to you on IVillage, too. I can't tell you what it means to me to get support and advice from women who have been there. I will keep you all updated when I find something out.

gma
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   Posted 1/23/2005 10:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi there, your story is ringing bells with me........... I had a mastectomy at age 58, my older daughter had one at 39, and my younger daughter has had one benign lump removed. So it is possible that you will not get a diagnosis of cancer. It sounds to me like they are going to remove tissue in several spots where the microcalcifications are to be absolutely sure. This is certainly the best way to find out. You need to be on top of things with the family history you have. How is your sister doing? Do you live near each other so she can help you understand the tests, etc. Your mom probably won't be of as much help because we older ladies usually let the doctors do what they think. LOL. Notice the roll call at the beginning of the page, you should take some time and read through it. It will tell you a little about us, where we live, our ages, and there are even some pictures we took at a get together in KY. Maybe you will find someone near by where you live to meet for lunch and talk with. Sorry, too, for the need for you to find us, but welcome you here............ Hugs MK


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   Posted 1/23/2005 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
My biopsy was an excisional biopsy, a removal of the lump. The breast was sore for a while, but it just meant I had to be careful when I slept or had excessive activity. I did not have to change anything during recovery, but if you have kids, it might be harder to pick them for a while. Overall, my surgery was on Tuesday with a local and twilight anesthesia, I went to work the next day. I got my diagnosis of cancer when I left the OR, but had to wait a week for the path report. They did a frozen section which gives immediate and pretty good results.

Jenny, in regards to the wait time for the procedure, it was all prep for outpatient surgery. Paperwork, talk to the doc, start an IV...and yes, no makeup or lotions that can interfere with the monioring of your vitals or how anything works, plus they have to be able to see your fingernails for color.

Good luck, and hang in there!
Lori


msboo66
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   Posted 1/23/2005 9:51 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a fibroroadnoma when I was in my early 20's and had it removed even though the doctor said it wasn't neccessary. Glad I did because my mom was dx with breast cancer when she 57 so I was really glad that it wasn't there when she got her dx. In 2003 at the age of 36 they found a lump on my mamo and they also did a ultra sound and said it appeared to be a fibro. They weren't 100 % sure. I have this thing about wanting things to be 100% sure so I had it removed . They told me before I even left recovery that it was indeed a fibro.After some research I found out that fibros are mainly caused by estrogen dominace(sp?). So are some bc though also. I now do a natural progestrone cream hopefully to balance it out. Not sure if going to help or not but maybe it will.My moms bc wasn't estrogen related but it was very agressive. I just wanted to post my experience hoping it may help somene out there.
p.s. I come here most everyday and want you ladies to know that you are my heros. You all are the most encouraging women I've ever come across. I'm saying prayers for all the wonderful women on this board. Mollie


gma
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   Posted 1/24/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi msboo. I, too, had two benign tumors removed, one in my 20s and one in my 40s then was dx with bc at 58. I just wanted to tell you to stay on top of your health exams and mammos. My cancer didn't show up for nearly 30 years and even then was slow growing and early stage. So now I am eight years from mastectomy and doing great. Hope your mom is too. Hugs MK


Bluize
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   Posted 3/29/2005 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I just went through this whole thing and I thought the anxiety would almost surely kill me.  I had my first mammo, they wanted more films, they called me back. The doc wanted to do a needle biopsy, then a surgical biopsy.  It wasn't cancer, but I'm still high risk because it was abnormal cells.  They were calcifications.
 
For the needle biopsy, they sent it out for a second opinion to be sure and it took 11 days!!!! I was crying daily.  They didn't tell me they were sending it out for second op.  For the surgical biopsy, my doc called me in 5 days.  Short of it is, no cancer, a ton of anxiety (Xanax helped).  BTW-10 years ago I had a reduction and it left scar tissue in the same breast as the calc.  So while in there, I had the plastic surgeon work with the surg onc. to remove the scar tissue and reduce the other breast to match.  Hey, if I'm going to go under anesthesia I might as well keep them perky!
 
So I had local and twilight, but honestly, I was out cold.  I had great docs who I believed in and had the rest of my MD team involved (gyno, GP and Gastro).  Good docs make quite a difference in your care. I had the surgery 2 weeks ago and I'm back at work (was after 3 days), I feel fine, I am sore, but I did not need the pain meds prescribed.  Extra strength Tylenol worked great.
 
Bottom line is, it is normal to be scared, we are here for you, keep us posted.  Prayers and hugs coming to you!


Susan

Post Edited (Bluize) : 3/29/2005 1:14:55 PM (GMT-7)


1corinthians13
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   Posted 10/3/2010 11:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Ladies,
I just joined this forum....wish I had found it sooner! I had a needle biopsy because of some calcification in my left breast that had started to group. They said this was a red flag, hence the biopsy. Results from that biopsy was not cancerous, but they did find some atypical cells which then resulted in a surgical biopsy. I was scared to death! In the past 2 yrs. I had a mother-in-law, father-in-law and brother who died of cancer, and my sister is just recovering from stage 1 ovarian cancer. I was very paranoid about the results. They had told me I would have the results before going home, but no one told me anything and the nurses acted like I was crazy to think that would happen! They didn't call me, either. I had to call them to get the results! Thankfully it was negative. I have an appt. this week with the surgeon. I had some soreness and my doctor required that I limit my lifting activity and running until I saw him (about 20 days). He gave me Lortab for pain, but I didn't have to take it. I didn't even really need Tylenol. The most discomfort came from the angle they had my arm strapped down during surgery. My muscles are sore. I was not able to bath for 24 hours. Also, had to miss 2 days of work because of anesthesia effects. Constipation was also a big issue. That was from the medicine they gave me before going into surgery. I am still considered a risk because of the abnormal cells, even though they were not found to be cancerous. I will get mammograms more frequently.

1corinthians13

barkyboys
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   Posted 10/4/2010 5:41 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, Corinthians. Goad you had some good news. And Katty, I had to remove the link in your signature... sorry, but that is not allowed on the boards. Hope your sister is doing well. If she needs support, she is welcome to come here. It's a good place to share your fears and worries without upsetting family members. We've all been in that situation.

BEV

fluffqueen01
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   Posted 12/5/2010 5:07 PM (GMT -6)   
How are you all treating your incision area? Mine has internal sutures and then was glued. I took my first shower today and feel that I should put some bacitracin on it and cover it. It is on the inside breastbone are going into the breast, just ending above my bra (yes, it will show above my swimsuit). I would like it to scar as little as possible.
 
Waiting on diagnosis. Should here Tuesday. Microcalcifications (4mm,BIRAD 4) on chest wall. Due to depth had to have general anesthesia for sufgical excision.
 
Thanks!

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/6/2010 7:27 PM (GMT -6)   
My surgeon made the incision at the edge of the nipple, and by the time I had mastectomy surgery a month later, you couldn't even tell where the incision had been. I would ask the surgeon if it is okay to put something on it at this point. Sometimes they don't want the outside to heal too quickly...

Hope you get good news tomorrow! Let us know.

Hugs...
BEV

fluffqueen01
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   Posted 12/8/2010 3:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the info. As an fyi, surgeon did not want me to mess with bacitracin. Says that kind of stuff can "muck up" the glue. It is itchy now.

News was excellent and medium. The biopsy was negative. However, they did find I have LCIS, a currently non-cancerous condition that makes me 25% more likely to develop invasive breast cancer. Doctor said it was a fortuitous find, as they often find it from biopsies that are already cancerous.

I will meet with someone after the first of the year to decide how to proceed with that. May be looking at a 5 year dose of chemo.

barkyboys
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   Posted 12/8/2010 6:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm glad to hear that they are looking at follow-up treatment. They're probably talking about aromatase inhibitors, like Tamoxifen or Evista, which is actually just a pill you take every day, so not really comparable to what most people think of as "chemo." Not to say that these are not without side effects. Check out the thread on "Aromatase Inhibitors and other News" started by Lady Jane. I'm sure you're relieved to have your biggest wait over! Let us know how things proceed.

Hugs...
BEV

boobzilla
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   Posted 6/8/2012 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi there-I am new here. I am 36 years old from NJ. I have no history of breast cancer in my family, but I know that doesn't always matter. To preface, I am by nature a type A, anxious and fast-paced person, so this situation is definitely exacerbating my state at the moment. So, about 1.5 years ago, or so my partner and I were folding laundry in the closet, and she turned around and hit me super-hard with her elbow in my breast by accident. We are always running into each other around the house and it has become a running joke. I almost blacked out, it was so painful. But, both of us were former athletes, and we just laughed and I didn't ice or anything at the time. A few months after that I felt a lump, but now, since it's been so long, I can't actually remember if the lump is in the exact place where she hit me.

My reaction was comple paralysis. I didn't tell her and I didn't see a doctor, because I thought it was where she hit me, and a lump in my breast terrified me so bad, I couldn't even deal with the possibilities. So I avoided the area (and I didn't habitually self-exam, so I also have no idea when the lump appeared). I know, stupid,all the way around. So I let it pass, until another few months later, when I showerd and felt the thing again, while drying off. I told my partner, and she immediately wanted to feel it. I refused, I was so scared. The she promised me to go to the doctor to get checked out if it was still there the next week. I didn't....kept ignoring it. I should mention that I don't do this for anything else, just medical stuff.

A bit later we were at a get together and I told some close friends. My one friend said it may be a deep tissue bruise. So, of course I used that as a crutch and still didn't go to the doctor. Fast forward, and I felt it again, and again cried to my partner. A week went by, and kept telling myself I would go. Mind you, I only use the emergency clinic, so I went there on a Sunday, while my partner was visiting her family. I decided it would be easier if I just went without her, so she wouldn't worry. To make matters worse, I got a doctor with no bedside manner, so I was double upset when he explaimed 'You have a solid mass there, I want you to get checked out ASAP!'. To make me more anxious he wrote a prescription for my 1st ever Mammo and Ultrasound. In the meantime I had researched both benign and malignant breast conditions, because I didn't want to be suprised completely. I mentioned the knock in the closet to him and he said 'If that happened 1.5 years ago, that wouldn't still be there'. But I had read that scar tissue can form following direct trauma to the breast, and as I had always overhealed (I keloid if I squeeze a pimple), I was a bit surprised that he didn't even suggest it could be this. Especially as he is not a breast specialist, and even those rely on actual imaging and biopsies. He obviously didn't tell me I had cancer, but the combination of his lack of any kind of bedside manner and quick rush off (they also took blood work, which came back normal this Thursday), was very harrowing for me.

I didn't sleep for 2 days before the tests, because I was so worried, and barely ate anything. All that was rushing through my head was the worst. I had the tests, and they did see my lump and confirmed it was solid. I cried during the ultrasound, because the Radiologist came in and said they'd likely suggest a biopsy to be sure what we're dealing with. Butt the technician said not to worry and that the doctor always comes in.

So, my original appt with the breast specialist (breast surgeon) was supposed to be for 6/27. They said they would review the films once received from imaging center and call me if they felt they wanted to see me earlier. Well, now this morning they just called me and said my appt is 6/13, but they didn't say why. This is causing even more anxiety for me.

Last night I had a mental breakdown. Friends and my partner have been extremely supportive, and encourage me not to think the worst, until the results are in. And even then, they've reminded me that treatments are so much more advanced now than they were. I am a professional by day, but can't seem to get a balance of dealing with this-a few hours I'll be very optimistic, and then I get extremely emotional because my partner and I have been thinking about starting a family, have just talked about going on vacation in November, and I feel like my life has just been paused with the possibility of life altering news. In a few minutes I am supposed to be on my way for a quick little getaway with movie at IMAX in neighboring state (I am a huge movie fan), but I feel like cancelling it. If any of you can offer words of wisdom for this chick freaking out over here, I'd really appreciate it. I have a feeling, I've lost all rationality and perspective-yikes.

Post Edited (boobzilla) : 6/8/2012 1:37:58 PM (GMT-6)


barkyboys
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   Posted 6/13/2012 7:18 PM (GMT -6)   
B-zilla... Sorry I wasn't able to post earlier. How did your appointment go today???

Hugs...
BEV
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