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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
HI,
 
I hope I'm in the right place.  Two weeks ago, two days before my first mamogram I found a lump, did not worry, went and had the mamo, yup they found a lump, did extra films then sent the results to the doc.  A week later I had an ultrasound done.  Three days later the doc called and said I'm sending you right to a surgeon, there is a mass and it is not a cyst, I go to the surgeon tomorrow.  Can they tell if it is cancer from the ultrasound.  I'm 42, no history of bc in my family.  Never had children.
 
Thanks for your help!

Tavish
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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi, and yes you are in the right place!  In some cases they can tell if it is cancer from the ultrasound. In my case, at age 30, the mammogram did not detect my palpable lump, but the ultrasound was "highly suspicious of malignancy". They might be able to determine based on density, color, shape. Or, the ultrasound might be inconclusive. They can often tell if it is a cyst (fluid filled) based on an ultrasound.....but overall, the best way to tell without guessing is to have a biopsy. There is a good chance your surgeon might schedule one, and don't panic...it does not automatically mean anything bad. It just means they need to get it out and look at it.

Hang in there, we'll wait with you!

Lori



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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Lori,
 
THANK YOU. I'm scared but then I'm not we have no bc in the family.  Not that it matters, but my doctor, said they will not do a biopsy, just go and take it out, then I guess biopsy it. 
 
I just wonder what my reaction wil be if they say suspected malignancy

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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:08 PM (GMT -7)   
I would say NO, they may get a good idea but the only fool proof way to tell if it is cancer is to do a biopsy. I was 43 when dx and you will find lots of ladies here much younger. I had no history of bc in my family and have never smoked. Sometimes...most of the time we can find no reason for this happening to us. I will keep you in my prayers for a B9 result. Please let us know how it turns out. You will find a lot of information here, lots of hugs when you need them and prayers whenever.

L&H
Sara
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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sara,
 
Thanks to you too for replying.  I will let you all know what happens tomorrow at 1:00 est.
 
Thanks.

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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Where are you located, we do have a PCE that will be glad to gather all the ladies and go with you. If you haven't read far enough on the board, the PCE is the Pink Cloud Express and we all jump aboard and (spiritually) be with the person needing some support. Also, there is a link at the top, "Roll Call" that tells a little about each of us and where we live. Good Luck tomorrow

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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:20 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Sara,

HAve not made it down that far to see the pce, but sounds great. I"m in lowell mass.  The good thing about the appointment is that the doctor is less than 1/2 a mile from my house, so If i get bad news I can run home and hug my dog Snuffles that is more like my child and that will calm me right down, then I can call my mommy and she will come over, than I can call my hubby and he will run home.  I'm hoping that I will leave the dr office with good news, and can come back to work and type the good news on this site.

 

This is a great site,  thank god I found it.


SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 12:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wanted to say the lump came out of no where, had a physical about 7-9 months ago and the doc did the breast exam and felt nothing.  Made me promise to get a mamo since I was 41, and never had one.  The morning I felt the lump, I woke up and my breast was killing me.  It was in so much pain, that is why i did an exam.  The lump is at 9 O'clock on the right breast, some days all of a sudden it just screams in pain, other days it does not hurt at all, it is kind of big and feels long and skinny.
 
Just thought I would let you know in case that helps,

Tavish
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   Posted 4/12/2005 1:06 PM (GMT -7)   
You are funny,....I post under my dog's name, Tavish. We know how those furry kids can comfort us like no one else!
The other symptoms that you describe may be meaningless. Some have pain, some do not. Some cancers seem to show up one day, although were probably growing for years. Removing the lump will be a good thing...and yes they will biopsy it then. The lumpectomy is also called an excisional biopsy....some biopsies just take a snippet out, but this way is safest to get it out.
If they suspect bad news from the u/s, they may or may not tell you. They did not tell me, I waited till surgery to find out it was cancer. Just depends on your doc and what they find.....
And if it is cancer, treatments today can be very tolerable, allowing for good quality of life and an excellent chance for "cure."
Lori (Tavish's Mom)


SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 1:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Tavish's Mom,
 
No one person can calm me the way nootie AKA Snuffles does. I love that dog, and to think when my DH said he wanted a dog I fought to not get one, then I saw her and fell in love.  She is a cross between a pug and a shar-pei, but she looks just like a pug, but her eyes do not cross and she has a more pronouced nose. 
 
Anyhow, I think that is what scares me the most the treatment, radiation, chemo all that stuff.  I dread it.  My primary doc, called and was the one that said, I'm sending you right to a surgeon, when I was having the u/s, the radiologist came in to read it and said, oh yeah that will need a biopsy.  Oh joy.  Well I have to wait less than 24 more hours to hear what the surgeon thinks.  She has the mamo film and the u/s film so she will know just what to say I guess.
 
Thanks for responding.   I will let everyone know what happens tomorrow.  Again this is a great site. 
SnufflesMom AKA Randi

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   Posted 4/12/2005 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Randi! Wow, you have had a lot of news to deal with in a very short time. It sounds as though you are doing great handling things. The info that all of the gals have given you is right on target. I just want to add a couple of things that you might want to think about. First, once you meet this surgeon, if you don't feel comfortable with him/her, then make an appt and see another one. I detested the first surgeon that I went to. The important thing is that you feel safe and comfortable and you are able to communicate with. The other thing is this....TAKE SOMEONE WITH YOU TOMORROW to your appointment. You need the support plus you will receive information that you probably won't remember. It is always good to have someone there to take notes. Don't worry about chemo and radiation,etc. until you get your results back. Just one day at a time.

Hugs...Deb


 


SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/12/2005 1:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Deb.  I'm getting really scared.  The Surgeon is a lady so I hope she wil be fine.
 
21 more hours, then the wait for the surgery and the results.  God I need a valium.  Actually I'm ok and will be till tomorow. 
 
I'm not taking anyone, like I said before If I hear bad news I can run home it is less than 1/2 mile to my house and hug my dog, who is my savior.  then call mom and hubby. 
 
Thanks to all you ladies, just knowing your out there helps.
 
SnufflesMom, AKA Randi

ardee
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   Posted 4/12/2005 2:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Randi,

I also have no breast cancer in my immediate family, and I found a lump 2 years ago. I'm praying for a good outcome for you. Even with cancer, as you can see, it's not the end of the world.

Healing hugs,
Rita


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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi again Randi...
In my case, I did not know that the u/s indicated malignancy, and it was a good thing. There was no reason for me to know at that point. When I went to see the surgeon, she looked at the films and told me it was not a cyst, and that there was some concern about the "borders" of the tumor. We scheduled the surgery for the following week, having to wait for Thanksgiving to be out of the way. I got my news the day of surgery. Just be prepared that tomorrow might not bring any answers.

As for chemo and rads, if, big IF, you have to do it, you will get through it! I told the surgeon they should kill me rather than have me go through chemo...and well I had very little side effects and worked full time with minimal days off. Radition is a piece of cake and should not interfere with any activities. It is so doable! But 80% of tumors are benign, so odds are in your favor.....

Tavish is half Westie and half poodle, and my special baby. He is not so friendly to others, you risk losing a finger, but he is so good with me I cannot imagine not having him around. Love those dogs!

Lori


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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Randi, glad you found us at this scary time in your life.  Nothing like friends who know just what you are going through. A biopsy is the only way to know for certain if a lump is cancer or not, although some have "classic" characteristics that show up on mammograms or ultrasounds. So, I would not be surprised if the surgeon does not want to do a biopsy. Please know that 80 percent, that's 4 of every 5 breast lumps are NOT cancer. Keeping my fingers crossed and saying prayers that you hear the wonderful word benign. No matter what, we are here for you. Hugs, Lauri

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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hii Sunffles Mom, I am Pitypat and Missy's mom. My Heidi had to go to doggie heaven a few weeks ago. They are schnauzers and even tho I have kids and grandkids and even a great grandbaby, I love my dogs like children. There are a lot of us dog and cat lovers here and we can all understand the love of a pet helps so much. I hope things go well for you tomorrow. I had two benign lumps before being diagnosed at age 58. That was eight years ago. My daughter was diagnosed two years later when she was 39. So from no history we have some now. We have all been through different experiences here and we will help in any way we can. I went to school in Boston and my room mate was from Burlington. So I am familiar with your country even if it was nearly 50 years ago. LOL. Hugs of welcome, Mary K. known as MK, gma stands for grandma.


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   Posted 4/12/2005 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Randi, glad you found us. Lots of us will be on the PCE to be with you tomorrow. Biopsy is the only true procedure. I had to have a mammogram, ultra sound, ultra sound guided needle biopsy and finally a lumpectomy to get the correct diagnoses. I also had no family history. But, if it is malignant you will survive it. But remember 80% of lumps are benign.

I will be praying for you tomorrow at 1:00 and for you during your wait for results.

Hugs,

Candy

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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/13/2005 5:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh Ladies your all so wondeful, I have tears in my eyes!  Thank you.  So today is the day I meet the surgeon, deep breath.  I'm worried but what will be will be and that is all you can say.  Funny thing I always wanted to be around hospitals and doctors and nurses, heck I should be a nurse, did it in the Navy and forever in nursing homes, but no I do sales and marketing for the number 1 telemedicine company.  Oh well enough of that. My husband is going with me today, not that I wanted him to, but he is and I guess that will be good in the long run.  I hope that they do the surgery next week so I can move on to the next step whatever that is.
 
The PCE, got to love that,  I will be on board when you all need me. 
 
 
I will keep you posted and again soooooooooooooooooooo many thanks.
 
Randi.
 
Glad to know that I'm not the only animal lover, my dog was so sad this morning, I guess he can sense my nervousness.
 
God Bless.
 

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   Posted 4/13/2005 6:19 AM (GMT -7)   
well I have no idea what happened to my post! Ladies so glad you knew we would be flying. I can not believe I did not submit. Why I even bother to write gets me puzzled. You are all so lucky I can fly better than I post. I just know those pink feathers will be flying also. I thought I started out with a HI I am Capt. Lemonz. I fly the PCE but somehow it went missing. Geez. Well we are there and thats the important part. hugs and good wishes. Joyce
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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/14/2005 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,
 
Well I went to the surgeon yesterday, Love her.  The news  is not so good.  I have a large mass, that has bad borders or shades or whateve.  I am having surgery on Tuesday to remove it.  Then I have to wait 5-7 days for the pathology report.  So keep your fingers crossed. 
 
I saw the pce all around yesterday.  Thanks Ladies.

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   Posted 4/14/2005 6:41 AM (GMT -7)   
OK we will head your way on Tuesday. Bigger does not necessarily mean badder. Play on words there. We will be with you in spirit coming in on the PCE with feathers flying. Hugs MK


SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/14/2005 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks.  I'm still not to worried and will not worry till I have to.
 
Hope everyone esle is having a good day!

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   Posted 4/16/2005 7:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Randi,

Sorry I am late with the thoughts and prayers. But you definately have them.

I will be boarding the PCE on Tuesday with the others.

Hang in there, you are going to do just fine.

Hugs,
Deb
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SnufflesMom
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   Posted 4/18/2005 6:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Ladies,
 
So tomorrow is the day.  Surgery is at 10am here in lowell, I hope to see the PCE, I'm sure I will.  I tell you what I will be glad when this mass is gone, can you say painful.  OUCH.
 
Praying all of you ladies are well.
 
Randi

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   Posted 4/18/2005 4:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Randi,
 
Tigger and Snoopy's mom here (kitties). 
 
Just wanted to let you know that I'll be on board the PCE tomorrow.  How's the weather out there?  Will we need pink rain coats & umbrellas or pink shorts and sandals?
 
Doesn't matter, we will be dressed in pink feathers regardless and holding your hand.
 
Starting the B-9 chant for you.....B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9 B-9
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L & H,
 
Mia
 
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