Well Lori and Lauri did a wonderful job at answering your questions, so I won't even go there. But I wanted to let you know that you did good in finding this place and these incredible people! I didn't find them until after I had surgery, wish I had been here during the diagnostics, I could have used it then too. But at the time I thought it was nothing to really worry about since I had a biopsy in the same breast 9 years before and that was benign (B9).
But ultimately know that your doctor is doing what he should be doing. Having a mam and US is good. My lump didn't show up on mam. After they get a look at it they will most likely schedule a time to have it removed. Biopsy is usually pretty easy, out patient and back to work if you need to. The waiting really is the worst part. Keep busy with those kids and find new distractions. Read a book that will really absorb you. Or find a way like gardening to keep you away from the things that will remind you.
Most importantly we are here for you. We wish our group didn't grow anymore, but we love helping all who come here for answers, support and friendship. Please keep us informed as you go through this. It is a really hard time right now, but you sound like you are in good hands and have a good grip on it.
We'll be chanting B9 for you!
I can't answer your question about the 2 being related. I have heard of women who have 2 lumps, one benign and 1 cancerous, both benign or both malignant. And even if both are malignant, they can be totally different cancers. The path report would give information related to that, based on cell type, etc.
Yes, often a radiologist can tell, but not always. In my case, the mammogram did not show my tumor, which was 2.5 cm (I was 30, and they often cannot read much in the mammo of a younger woman). I learned after the fact, that the u/s showed the tumor "was highly suggestive of malignancy". I think it depends on what they can see...in my case, they could see different densities throughout, rather than a homogenous and evenly distributed texture. Plus the borders were uneven and mis-shapen, another red flag.
I had the u/s and went to see the surgeon before the films were read officially by a radiologist. My surgeon had a radiologist in her office read it, to help her determine how to proceed surgically, and "he had some concerns about the borders." But they seemed interested in taking it out before they knew it was cancer, it is pretty common to take it out. And it is routine to biopsy anything that they remove, even if they know it looks benign. THey have to evaluate it on a cellular level.
When do you see the surgeon? Did he say which "signs" he was not comfortable with?
At any rate, hang in there....we're waiting with you!
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