Just found a lump...

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Sarah D
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   Posted 2/24/2005 8:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone, this is my first post on this board. I found a lump in my right breast and my dr. is sending me for my first-ever mammogram next Friday. I'm 34 and my mom had breast cancer 5 years ago. My dr. also wants me to make an appointment with a surgeon and we will probably biopsy the lump.
 
I'll admit she told me a lot during my appointment but my brain somehow ceased to function and I remember little. What happens after the mammogram? Who reviews it? Should I research surgeons or go to the one she recommended?
 
I'm trying not to panic and be a drama queen, but I'll admit it's constantly in the back of my mind. And would you believe, on the way home from the doctor's office I got a speeding ticket - my first ever!?!?!
 
Any help is appreciated!

Tavish
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   Posted 2/24/2005 9:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarah...
Sorry you are going through this, but glad you found us. And kudos to you for checking this out! I found my lump when I was 30 and it took some courage to call my doctor to start the ball rolling...so you have taken a huge first step!

I have some recommendations.....you may consider making a list of questions, because yes, there is a lot of clutter in your mind at this time. Take a tape recorder to the appointments, so you can listen to the answers later, when you can take notes and have a clear head. My doc also sent me for a mammogram, then an ultrasound (because mammo did not pick up the lump), then to a surgeon. Just because they referred you to a surgeon does not mean there is more concern....just that most lumps need to get removed anyway, even if benign. And while they can tell a lot from films, a biopsy is the best way to really see what it is.

The mammo is uncomfortable, but just momentary pressure and discomfort. Nothing you can't handle. In the interest of time, I would see the surgeon the doc refers you to...ask if they would let that surgeon cut them or their spouses first. But take it into your own hands, and do research if you are not satisfied with the surgeon or want a 2nd opinion. I would also suggest getting copies of all reports, for your files, and for the ease of sharing information.

The mammo is read officially by a radiologist and a copy of the report gets sent to the referring doctor. They may refer you for an ultrasound too, just to get different looks at the lump. The surgeon should evaluate all the tests and films and then make a decision on what to do next....there are a lot of options.....

Take a breath and stick around, we'll help you thru it!
Lori


Sarah D
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   Posted 2/24/2005 9:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the info. Does the radiologist discuss the mammo with me? Or does the information go straight to the surgeon? Should I try to schedule my surgeon's appointment for the same day?

Tavish
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   Posted 2/24/2005 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarah, it is hard to say....it all depends on where you have everything done. In my case, my mammo was done at the PCP's office, so we sent them out to be read by the radiologist. I had to wait a couple days for the report. It was inconclusive, so we did the u/s next. I also made the surgeon's appt and did not have time to wait for the u/s report, so I just took the film with me. She had a rad in her office read it, and they knew it was cancer from that film (but they did not tell me at the time).

Now I get my mammograms at a university comprehensive cancer center, and they have a huge radiology area. There, I actually meet with a tech or the radiologist to know that hwen I leave, the mammo is normal. If not, they handle it there.

You should ask the surgeon's office about when to schedule, if they need the radiologist report or if it is in the same office, etc.

Hope this helps...
Lori


Sarah D
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   Posted 2/24/2005 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Lori, for the info. I got the referral approval from my insurance to see the surgeon today, so I'll call tomorrow and ask them when I should schedule the appointment. My dr. did say to "expedite" it. Will let you know!

cupycake2
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   Posted 2/24/2005 10:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarah,

Just letting you know that I will be sending prayers and positive thoughts your way. You are doing the absolute most right thing.....biopsy, it is the ONLY way you will know for sure just what you are dealing with.

I will be watching for your updates.

Hugs from a (almost) 20 year survivor!  I was Dx'd at 33.

Debbie


"What sweetness is left in life if you take away friendship? It is like robbing the world of the sun"
Cicero


debbiR
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   Posted 2/24/2005 11:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarah!
 
Welcome. I am new to this particular board and I am so impressed with all of the women and the wonderful support they give.
 
I agree with what you have been told so far. Just a couple of things I want to add. When you go for your next appt with your dr or surgeon, take another person with you. Have them write down the answers to your questions for you or operate the tape recorder. There is just too much information, as you discovered, to process by yourself. Plus, having the support of someone is very, very important.
 
My bil, who is an obgyn, referred me to a surgeon that is very well known and supposedly the best. WEll, I decided after waiting for over 2 hrs and being treated like I was an idiot once I saw him, that there was NO WAY he would ever touch me. I was told to just let him do the biopsy. I had an appt for a 2nd opinion. I felt that God led me to her. Guess what I am trying to say is find someone that you have complete confidence in. This is extremely important.
 
Also, remember to breathe. Seriously. You need to do this to help you relax.
 
Prayers and Hugs
 
Deb
 


coopfesta
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   Posted 2/25/2005 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   

Sarah:

I'm glad someone said to bring someone.  It really helped me.  I even brought a tape recorder the first time, but never wanted to listen to it, so that was a wash.  Needle biopsy guided with an ultrasound may be what they do, that's what they did for me.  They guide the needle to the lump and take the sample from it.  then send it to the lab.  Hopefully it's a breast surgeon, not just a surgeon.  It made a difference for me.  I'll be praying for you, and let us know!


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen


Candy
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   Posted 2/25/2005 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
Sarah: Oh these women are so good. All have given you good advise. I am praying for you in hopes that we hear benign. You are absolutely doing the right thing. A gentle pat on the back of your doctor for taking good care of you. Be choosy about all the docs you will be seeing. If you are not comfortable, see another. I was blessed, all the doctors referred are the best for me and I became healthier faster because of the good matches.

Please let us know how you are doing and come anytime to talk, laugh, cry, complain. We have it all here and relish being about to help.

Hugs,

Candy

 Perfume and incense bring joy to the heart, and the pleasantness of one's friend springs from his earnest counsel.

Proverbs 27:9


Frayda
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   Posted 2/25/2005 6:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarah! Welcome to our little corner of cyberspace! The girls have given you great advise. As the daughter of a bc survivor, you fall into a special group of high risk women for bc. There are special protocols for us, and your doctors seem to be aware and want to move things along. Even if this turns out OK (and I hope it does!) you will need close follow up. We are here to help you through this! Good luck! Frayda

gma
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   Posted 2/25/2005 4:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Sarah, it sounds like everyone has been helpful so I will just say welcome and tell you this is the reverse story for me. I, too, was diagnosed with breast cancer and two years later my daughter found a lump just like you did. She had a needle biopsy which showed she did indeed have breast cancer. She took her time and found a surgeon and a plastic surgeon who would work together to do her reconstruction after her mastectomy. My other daughter also found a lump and had it biopsied and it was benign. I hope yours is benign, too. We are here to help. Please check out the roll call above and find out some info about us, where we live and our ages, etc. You will find a variety of ages, geographic locations as well as diagnosis. Hugs, Mary K. (MK)


Sarah D
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   Posted 2/25/2005 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you all so much for the prayers and positive thoughts! Your insights have been invaluable. In fact, I called the surgeon today and set my appointment. They said it would take 2 weeks to get the mammo results. That didn't sound right so I called the Xray dept who said it takes 2 days. I called the surgeon back and had them schedule my appt for 1 week after my mammo instead of 2. Now I need to call my PCP on Monday (was closed today) to verify just what that surgeon will be doing....Have a great weekend, ya'll!

MNlady13
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   Posted 2/25/2005 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sarah, just adding my welcome. The others have given you great advice. Please remember that 80 percent of breast lumps are not cancer, so the odds are on your side. Waiting is one of the hardest parts of this whole ordeal, but we will be with you no matter what. Hugs, Lauri
"Go confidently into the direction of your dreams. Live the life you always imagined" Thoreau
 
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

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