Biopsy today--unexpected turn of events

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louieloui
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   Posted 5/13/2005 12:28 PM (GMT -7)   
So I had my biopsy today.  Went in, expecting to have a fine needle aspiration.  The u/s tech checked out the right breast and sure enough...the smaller cysts that had been there just a tad over a week ago were gone.  The big one was still there.  She said it looked like a cyst to her and asked if I still wanted it biopsied.  I told her I did...that I wanted the definitive statement from the pathologist that everything was benign.  She set everything up for the FNA, got the radiologist, he looked at it, said it was a cluster of cells, that he'd put the needle in, drain it, and be done.  Woohoo, I thought!
 
Got coated in betadine (or whatever they use these days), numbed, and then the process began.  Instead of the needle just going in...the "cyst" kept moving away from it.  He couldn't get the needle into it, nor could he get a sample.  Doc said he was gonna "change gears," and began explaining to me what a core biopsy was--which I already knew 1.) from formerly working at a radiology clinic, and 2.) from reading about these tests lately.  More numbing medicine, more cleaning, sterile probe cover over the u/s wand, nick in the skin, tube inserted, and 4 gun shots later, I was done.  But the "cyst" remained. 
 
Before all of this I wasn't really nervous about it being cancerous, I just wanted a definitive answer.  Now I'm scared.  I cried after I left the room (my DH was waiting in the lobby for me) as I truly thought he'd stick that needle in and it would drain, therefore making me more comfortable w/the "it's just a cyst" statements I've been hearing, and all would be fine.  I'm assuming they don't do core biopsies on cysts, correct?  It was solid?  I didn't ask them...part of me didn't want to know...yet I assumed that's why they had to do the CB.  The radiologist told me about sample biases where it could come back as all clear, "no malignant cells SEEN," or (obviously) malignant (though he didn't say that, yet he didn't have to).  He said they always read the report thoroughly, that he'd discuss it w/my doc, and they'd decide on the next step.  Gotcha.  I'm actually glad that I did this on a Fri. as we're usually running around and doing things on the weekend that it should be easy to keep my mind off of things.  Hopefully my doc will have the lab report back by Mon.  I will be a wreck if it takes too long--wondering if "no news is good news" or if she's delaying calling me because it's bad news.  Sigh...how do you guys deal w/this?!  And should I be more concerned now?

Frayda
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
We have a saying here not to worry until you know there is something to worry about! Keep in mind that about 80% of the time these thing are BENIGN. But this is exactly why we recommend that everything be biopsied; it is the only way to know for sure what something is! A doctor can make an educated guess as to the appearance of a lesion on a mammo or u/s, but these tests are not diagnostic. We will be waiting with you for your results and hope that they are B9! Hugs, Frayda

gma
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, now, take a deep breath. Listen to the words I am known for around here, "Don't worry until you KNOW you have something to worry about!" Even if it comes back as a malignancy, there are many stages. An early detection of a Stage 0 or Stage I is not nearly as worrisome as Stage IV. So take one day at a time. Enjoy your weekend telling yourself not to worry that it could be good news and worrying won't make it better or worse. Big hugs and prayers that all will be well, MK


Tavish
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, the waiting is the hardest part. I was able to remain calm when waiting for test results until the day when they said I would hear. When they said 10-14 days for my node report, I was fine until day 10, then I was a nervous wreck. I told myself that worrying was not going to change the outcome, and too much worrying was hard to tolerate...

I think you are right, if they did a CB that it is not a cyst. It does not mean it is cancer either. A cyst is fluid filled and there are other benign solid tumors, mainly fibroadenomas. There are others that I am not sure about, but the fibroadenoma is common. In fact, 80% of breast lumps are benign. They may have an idea from the ultrasound as to what it is, but it is not definitive. In my case, the u/s report was highly suggestive of malignancy. And if it is benign, they still may wish to remove it....so "next steps" does not refer to something bad.

Try to stay busy and wait till at least Monday to worry....

Lori



Tavish
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:20 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL....3 of us posting at the same time...and the same words!

You'd think we'd been around together a long time or something....VIEW IMAGE


Post Edited (Tavish) : 5/13/2005 2:23:55 PM (GMT-6)


Lmmackey
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:23 PM (GMT -7)   
Hang in there! We'll all be praying and chanting B9 with you! I do want to warn you, however, that I had to wait 6 days for my biopsy results. It all depends upon how busy the pathologist and lab is. After he finishes, the report still has to be dictated and typed, then sent to your doc. The waiting is really so very hard!

You still have such a good chance of this being B9, so keep those positive thoughts on that! You don't want to spend a lot of energy on thinking CA. Even in the unlikely event that it is CA, you'll then have time to think about it! I wasted too much time and energy thinking about CA while waiting for the biopsy that I was such a wreck! I know it is hard (I'm the world's worst worrier), but as MK says, don't worry until you have something to worry about! Know that we are all here for you!!!!!!!

Huggs,
Laure'

p.s. I hope your not too sore from the biopsy!
The finger of God touches your life when you make a friend.
----Mary Dawson Hughes---


louieloui
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   Posted 5/13/2005 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Awww, thanks guys! I am going to try to not think about it at all. As my dad said, "At least you have an answer in the works." This is true. I think it was/is just scarier as I was so sure it would be drainable, and when it wasn't...well, you know...

As for soreness, I am slightly sore as of now. Ever so often it twinges. I have kept the cold pack they gave me and another one (switched the first one out when it got warm) in my bra. My aren't I sexy! lol The radiologist kept asking me during the procedure if he was hurting me. I said, "Compared to childbirth?" "It's all relative," I told him. The worse part for me was after, when they applied the pressure. My gawd it felt like they were collapsing my ribcage. That was quite uncomfortable. The tech said it was to help stop it from bruising. Sure seemed like it would do the opposite! :o)

~Laura~
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