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DollyLlama
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I was at Dr. for physical the other day and she felt a lump in my breast. I have been having mammograms for the last 5 years, all clear, although some calcification.
I got a mammogram and an ultrasound which they say showed a couple of cysts. Radiologist sent report to Dr. who says they are pretty sure they are cysts but there is one next to chest wall, they want to do a fine needle biopsy on that. I go on monday for it. My question is: is it painful? I know a lot of you ladies have been through much worse and I appreciate any help you can give me. thanks.

tking
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Never had a needle biopsy but will be praying for an easy one for you and good results!!!!

Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

(NIV)


DollyLlama
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:55 PM (GMT -7)   
thanks for your quick reply, appreciate it! also appreciate your good wishes.

tking
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   Posted 3/24/2005 7:59 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sure there will be others who have had the needle biopsy that will be a lot more help.  There is a lot of good advice given on this board.  Also, helps to know there are others out there who know how you feel and have been thru what you're going thru.  It makes the whole journey a little more livable knowing there is support out there.

GOD BLESS!!!


Teresa King

Jeremiah 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."

(NIV)


Tavish
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   Posted 3/24/2005 8:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dolly-
I did not have that procedure either, so I cannot offer any input. But like Teresa said, we know what you are going through and will wait with you. And be proud of yourself for following through on getting it checked out!

Lori


cupycake2
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   Posted 3/24/2005 8:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Best of luck to you Dolly with your fine needle biopsy.

Sending B9 vibes and a chant too.

Hugs,
Deb
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janismarie
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   Posted 3/24/2005 9:23 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a needle biopsy and it was a piece of cake. They were very gentle.  They give you a very little shot of xylocane and it feels like a little bee sting for a about 3 seconds.....They then go in with another needle with a little hook on the end and you can feel they are in there, but you will just feel movement, no pain.  They gave me some ice packs to wear in my bra.  I went straight back to work.  I also have my regular doctor give me 3 or 4 valiums before I went. 
 
In other words.......don't sweat it..........it's easy.
Good luck.
 
Janis

debbiR
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   Posted 3/25/2005 12:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dolly! As Janis said, the needle biopsy isn't a difficult test. In fact, the waiting and the anxiety are worse than the biopsy itself. So try and do something fun these next few days to keep your mind occupied. If you really need something to do, I have lots of eggs that need to be dyed for the Easter Bunny! lol
 
Please don't minimize what you are feeling right now. Sure, there are lots of us that have been thru surgery and treatment but we all were at the same place that you are right now. We know how stressful and frightening it is.
 
Check with your dr and see if he/she will allow you to take something for your anxiety before for the biopsy, if you feel you need it. Some techs get upset and won't let you do the test and others don't seem to care. So always best to double check
 
Lots of hugs and positive thoughts!
 
Deb
 


lemonz
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   Posted 3/25/2005 6:36 AM (GMT -7)   
I had a fine needle biop. I had no idea what this was. The surgeon I went to see looked at all my tests, he said it was of a size he could do right in the office. I had it done in less than a minute. He drew fluid from mine. There was no hook with mine. So if your Dr. does things a little different do not get upset. Then the hard part. That awful wait. Please feel free to come and talk. We all know about that wait. Its a lonely awful time when no one really understands how you feel except someone that has been there. The wonderful part about this board is, no matter what procedure you have done, someone here has had it. Its very rare to ask a question here and not get an answer. Wishing you good results. Joyce
How wonderful it would be to see Angels where there are only clouds. How sad it would be to see clouds where there are Angels.
 
 


DollyLlama
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   Posted 3/25/2005 7:17 AM (GMT -7)   

Thankyou ladies, I really appreciate all your help & info. It is nice to know that I am not alone.Will let you know how it goes.

 

 

 


janismarie
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   Posted 3/25/2005 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
So you can see Dolly, that biopsies can be done differently, but honestly, they really don't hurt.  The most I felt was maybe a little discomfort.......I think it was because I was so scared and expected it to be worse, so I was relieved when it didn't really hurt.  On mine, as I said, they did the little numbing needle.......I mean really little needle.....and then another one where he extracted some tissue.  I also had some cyst fluid removed, but that too was very easy.  I got to see what they were doing on a computer screen and it was very interesting. I am one who can't look when a needle is put in my vein for drawing blood.....yikes....but since it looked like an moving x-ray, it was like looking at something or someone else.  You will do fine, but the one thing that really helped me was the little frozen ice packs they gave me.  I got 4, so I used 2 at a time and when they warmed up, I got 2 more out of the freezer and kept switching.  I used them that day and part of the day after.  If they don't give you those, go by the drugstore and pick some up.  They keep down any swelling and if you have any after pain (which, if any, is very little), they help.
I'm all new to this too, I had the biopsy, just had a lumpectomy on the 9th and will be having another one on April 13th.  They will be going under my arm too and now that is what I am dreading.....but, it is just something we have to do.  Good luck and I hope everything turns out well for you.  These girls here are wonderful.
 
Hugs.........JANIS

MiaB
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   Posted 3/25/2005 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dolly,
 
I'm sorry you are going through such a scary time.  But as you've seen you picked a good place to come to for advice and comfort.  These people are awesome and so supportive.  Although I can't offer any advice for you on this procedure I'm happy to see others have.  And there are bound to be more yet to come.
 
Keep yourself occupied with anything that entertains your mind; reading, movies, music etc.  And please let us know how everything goes.  We'll be thinking of you and praying for you.
 
Hugs,
Mia
 
Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.


-Vesta M. Kelly


gma
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   Posted 3/27/2005 5:03 PM (GMT -7)   
I had a busy weekend and am late weighing in here, but my daughter had a needle biopsy. The mammo showed that the tumor was likely to be cancer and the needle biopsy confirmed it, which gave her time to set up surgery for her mastectomy and reconstruction to be done at same time. She had to have mastectomy because of location of lump. Sometimes more than one sample is taken to be more sure of getting the right area. My one concern is that is the needle test is showing benign, did they get the right area? If it is positive it does give you time to prepare for surgery. I had a biopsy and frozen section which definitely diagnosed cancer and the mastectomy was done immediately. I didn't know until I woke up. But I really expected that it was cancer from what the radiologist told me and then the surgeon also was pretty certain from the films. Hugs all will go well. Let us know, we care and will hope for a B-9 diagnosis for you. MK


ardee
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   Posted 3/28/2005 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Good luck, Dolly. I'm sending good vibes and plenty of prayers.

Hugs,
Rita


Bluize
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   Posted 3/28/2005 12:41 PM (GMT -7)   
My very first mammo showed calcifications that were not normal.  So, I went for more films, then a needle biopsy and finally a removal of more tissue (lobular hyperplasia).  The biopsy was ok, although I was freaking out. Doc gave me Xanax to help with the anxiety.  It is normal and I only hope that you are B9!
Susan


DollyLlama
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   Posted 3/28/2005 4:20 PM (GMT -7)   

got my biopsy today, they also did a core biopsy on the part near the chest wall.wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. Thanks again for all your thoughts,help & good wishes. It was a great help to me to know that you were with me. Appreciate it!  Should get results by end of the week.

 


debbiR
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   Posted 3/28/2005 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dolly! I am so glad that this part of the journey is over and to know that you did well. The anticipation and the unknown is worse most times than the procdeure itself. I will be sending you lots of positive thoughts for a good report. Please take it easy for a few days and allow your body and emotions to recover! Go do something fun for yourself. You deserve it!
 
Hugs Deb
 

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