Second Call back On Mammogram and scared

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Air Force Mom
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   Posted 12/27/2011 11:20 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Bev. I really appreciate your support! I will check back in a couple of days.. hopefully with good news!

rumseytime
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   Posted 2/2/2012 7:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi all,
I have been reading the post here for a few weeks now.  I went for my every two year mammogram last week.  Yeah, I know I cannot take the pain of the "smash" machine yearly.  My breast are always so tender and since 2007, I seem to be a prime candidate for the coe back for a second look club and then we want to biopsy that spot.  I did appreciate that in 2009, they left markers so they could tell were they had been before in my left breast.  I have never been told of anything being wrong with my right breast until this time.  Well, I got a call back on the digital mammogram as expected.  They took two pictures of the left and one of the right.  Two days later, my doctor called me and told me I needed to go back for an additional view.  I expected that too.  They scheduled for the following week which was cool, so I only had to have one week of anxiety.  My doctor explained she always gets called back and from the report, it was nothing to be concerned about.  I went yesterday, got smashed twice and asked to sit down and wait.  I was totally surprised when they only wanted to do the right breast.  I waited and the tech came back and said an ultra sound was needed.  She had no problem finding the spot and I strained to see the little round spot she was focussing on.  When the radiologist came in and began looking, he immediately said these are just cyst and we do not usually do anything about them.  He said that he would have me come back in 6 months to check them again.  I asked, them, I only see this one.  He then moved the wand around to about 9am looking for the other spot and then he got quiet, keeping changing the screen resolutions and talking to the tech and his partner.  He went all aound the area several times.  Finally, he stepped back from the machine and said he wanted me to come back in 6 months to keep an eye on the cyst, but felt the area he found that had not been detected by the mammogram was suspicious and needed a biopsy.  He said although it would probably be nothing to worry about, he wanted the ultra sound assisted core biopsy next week.  Then he just left.  I was horrified, scared, and sort of in shock as I dressed and the scheduler said she had an opening for next Wednesday.  Today I called my doctor asked for a copy of the results.  She began by saying oh they just want to take a biopsy on the cyst and it should be fine.  I told her that he said he wasnt going to do anything with the cyst and so she kept reading the report and I heard her voice change as she read that the are at 9am which was 7mm and appearing connected to the ductal system, solid mass with what appeared to have non connected cyst.  I cannot remember what the elongated length of the suspicios mass.  I asked her if this was something to be worried about and she said well, lets just wait and see.  She said it is suspicious and the concerning part is that it appears to have connections to the ductal system.  I thanked her knowing that I could not wait to log into to this forum and ask for suggestions,...help, I am scared.

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   Posted 2/9/2012 11:14 AM (GMT -7)   
Rumseytime- Have you had the core biopsy? Please post your results and let everyone know how you are and if you are OK. When I first started reading posts, I was surprised to find a thread spanning 7 years. I'm sure more experienced posters or moderators will comment. I found this forum in an anxiety-ridden search for help/calming of fears after receiving a call back request today (Mammogram yesterday ). I was not totally surprised because the mammogram technician had such an odd response to my initial digital image and asked me after one view if there was a number the doctor could reach me at in the next day or two if anything suspicious showed up. She was so professional otherwise, but her body language and obvious reaction started my fear yesterday. I go back in 4 days, but hate to wait. I guess 4 days is pretty lucky compared to some peoples' experiences. The posts on here are so helpful and reassuring. And I'm not new to this, I have "fibrous" and "cyst-y" breasts (and every other part) -even had a needle aspiration 8 years ago, but that doesn't make this any less stressful.

AnnMaw
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   Posted 2/26/2012 12:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm a new member and don't know what I am doing but this topic is similar to the one that concerns me in that I had my annual mammogram done a couple of weeks ago and I got the call that I needed to do a second mammogram and US.  Went last Friday and had this done and was told by the radiologist that I had 3 cysts -- 2 were simple and 1 is septated (sp?) and to schedule another US in 6 months.  That's it?!!  What should be my next step?  I haven't a clue.  Thanks for any help.

barkyboys
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   Posted 2/26/2012 4:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Yeah, some of our threads get pretty long, but I hope you will read the thread, because you will see than many women have the same questions you have. A septated cyst just means that there is more than one "chamber" in the cyst. This is not really unusual. The recommendation is typical for cysts. If you are really nervous, you can talk to your doctor about aspirating the cysts and having the fluid checked, but it would be very rare to find cancer cells in the fluid. Aspiration does not guarantee that a cyst won't come back, and then you are right back where you started.

Hope this helps...
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BeckyK
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   Posted 2/29/2012 1:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been having routine/annual mammograms for about 15 years now. Every one has been nothing more than an inconvenience, some stress while I wait for the results and a letter saying that the results are negative, thanks for playin', see you next year.

Yesterday, I had my 2012 mammogram. Today, the imaging center called me and, in typical information-less fashion, told me that 'a couple' of the images need to be 'repeated'. The scheduled me to come back Monday at a time when the radiologist is on site and can read the films and give me results right then and there.

How stressed should I be? I know that I am going to be majorly stressed, no matter what...I just want to know if my stress is warranted or if this is something routine.

barkyboys
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   Posted 2/29/2012 4:25 PM (GMT -7)   
You're right. You're probably going to be majorly stressed, no matter what! It is scary, and that is all there is to it. But read through the thread here, and you'll see that you are not alone. Most callbacks are usually just "clarification." Let us know how it goes.

Hugs...
BEV
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KOninja
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   Posted 3/6/2012 5:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am 44 and just had my first "call back" after a routine mammogram. I was told that the images of my right breast didn't match the last set of images. From reading these entries I see that it's "usually" nothing, thought that's not calming me down completely. I'm still nervous. The follow-up appointment is tomorrow morning.

I assume I'll have another waiting period after the appointment before I find out if there's really anything to worry about. It sounds like most people here have more images and/or an ultrasound when they are called back.

So many people in my life have been diagnosed (or re-diagnosed) with cancer in the last 2 weeks. I really hope I'm not joining them...

barkyboys
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   Posted 3/6/2012 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Here's hoping your not one of them, as well. Usually they will do compression views of a particular area, and if there is something there (and often there isn't), then they will do an ultrasound to determine if it is fluid-filled or solid. Some breast centers will do a core biopsy or fine-needle aspiration right then and there.

Let us know how it goes...
Hugs...
BEV
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Moky
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   Posted 3/6/2012 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I too had a call back. I was told there were changes in the right breast.
We started with the mammogram, every which way you could imagine, she kept looking at one picture to the other and sort of frowning. I asked, is this all we gotta do today? She said, "it depends". Then she said she would let the doc look at the pics and she would be back.
 
She came back, doc says ultra sound. So, that time came, with gel smeared everywhere, she went all over the right breast, but a couple places she homed on in. The left, she just briefly checked that same area for comparison. She went to get the doc.
 
The doc comes in.....good news........just a few harmless nodules, things everyone carries around. Go anywhere I want for my next mammogram.
 
Like they said, most are benign findings. Good luck.
I am 51 and past menopause.
 
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lucky0901
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   Posted 3/7/2012 2:27 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm 43 and just had my call back mammo and then an ultrasound yesterday to look at a mass.  Radiology report sent to my family physician today said  "all probabilty, mass is either benigh fibrous tissue, a lymph node, or a complex cyst.  Recommend repeat follow up diagnositic mammo and ultrasound in 6 months."  I have researched quite a bit in the past 24 hours, and logically understand that the percentage of cancer is quite small.  But...
 
My concern is this...shouldn't the radiologist have at least a slighter better idea which of the 3 possibilities it is...?  Narrowing it down would help me feel more secure in waiting the 6 months.  I am not sure if I should push to have a biopsy done.  Any ideas or support would be greatly appreciated!  I just separated from my husband and am "going it alone".  Any friend that has been called back due to a mass went straight to biopsy after the ultrasound so I don't know anyone that had to wait 6  months with uncertainty.
 
Thanks!!

KOninja
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   Posted 3/7/2012 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Bev...it turned out great! It was some calcifications in my right breast. They took about 6 more images & then told me I was OK & could go. :) Whew!!!

Thanks for your support! :)

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   Posted 3/8/2012 1:42 PM (GMT -7)   
Just got a "callback" and of course am scared to death. Five years ago I had a lumpectomy, they told me I had atypical spindle cells, I had surgery and it was benign. After a whole year they told me the abnormal cells must have come from the scar from the biopsy needle. Everything has been fine up until now. I had menopause two years ago. Just the thought of all this makes me feel ill. I lost two dear friends to breast cancer so the whole subject terrifies me.

barkyboys
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   Posted 3/10/2012 1:18 PM (GMT -7)   
KOninja, so glad you got a good report! And sicily, I hope you have read through this thread about callbacks. I've lost many dear friends to this disease, as well. It does make you uncomfortable, doesn't it? I remember my best friend telling me, when she was diagnosed, that when I had been diagnosed a couple of years before her, she hadn't known you could actually die of this! Unfortunately, she lost her battle seven years later.

Hope all goes will with your callback.

Hugs...
BEV
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nst
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   Posted 7/19/2013 8:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello
 
I am writing because of my mom - she was diagnosed last July 2013 - took them two months before they even told her (breast cancer) she had 1/2 inch lump (which she felt in her left breast - since May of last year - because she said it was painful - so be aware of that) she had the lump removed (the breast stayed) then she had radiation for six weeks - went for her three month check up three months ago - where the oncologist just felt the breast and all was fine and today after having her six month check up 2 weeks ago (a mammogram) they called and want more pictures and a ultrasound - she is a warrior - me I am a mess.
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 7/31/2013 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
I went in for a 2nd mammogram yesterday and an ultrasound. Everything was fine, it was just something with the compression of the breast tissue that looked different from last year. I'm 46 and have been getting mammograms since age 40 but this was my first call back. I was fortunate enough to have been able to get my appointment within a week of the phone call but it was still 5 days of stress and worry. I think it is impossible not to worry and imagine the worst. I still feel stressed from worrying so much. It did help me to read everyone's stories, so I just thought I'd post another positive report for a call back.

Seven
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   Posted 8/4/2013 12:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello all
I had my first mammo and got a call back for more views on left breast with oval mass.... I'm freaking out even though call backs are common.Any info out there?

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   Posted 8/30/2013 1:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm new here. Had my screening mammo on Tuesday and got a call today (just when I thought I was out of the woods!) for a diagnostic mammo on Wednesday (it would have to be labor day weekend which I had been planning to enjoy.) Apparently there is an area that is denser than it was last year...or something like that. It was hard to focus on what the woman was telling me. Unfortunately the main breast center, where I have to go for the diagnositic mammo, is located in the middle of the cancer center! On a positive note, they have what they call "rapid results" so if I need further testing, it can be done right away. Hoping it's nothing. Odds are in my favor, but my brain refuses to believe that.

Krissis
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   Posted 9/4/2013 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Had mammogram today and the woman taking pictures said do you have a mole there? It looks like a mole. Where she pointed there is no mole. Should I be concerned?

PC
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   Posted 9/4/2013 6:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Krissis, I wouldn't worry unless your doctor tells you to. The techs know a certain amount from having been on the job, but they don't know everything. It's probably nothing.

Krissis
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   Posted 9/4/2013 6:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for your response. It just concerned me because she kept looking at me and then the film saying it looks like a mole in the picture.
I'm sure it's fine and I will have to just wait for results.
Thanks!

PC
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   Posted 9/4/2013 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted above about going back for a diagnostic mammogram. They took me right in on time which I appreciated. I was expecting them to take multiple views, but they didn't. The tech explained to me that from the top to bottom view on my mammo, they saw something they couldn't identify. I don't know why the woman who called me went on and on about density increase on one side, etc. They did a core compression which is compression of only one small area. Ouch. She really clamped down but it was over in seconds. I was told to go into the "interior" waiting room (where you sit in your little gown) and the doctor would come out and talk to me. Barely five minutes later the nurse came out and said everything was fine. Whatever had shown up on the first mammo was regular tissue that might have been compressed in a funny way. The view she took showed everything was normal. Of course I made a fool of myself thanking her profusely and telling her what a great job she'd done!

I will now forever be very regular about getting mammos (I was playing a little fast and loose for awhile there) because earlier is better and who knows if I might have a problem down the road.

Funny thing is we went for a drink afterwards and saw a couple who had been in the waiting room at the same time as me and hubby. We recognized each other and she gave me a thumbs up so obviously her test came out fine, too.

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   Posted 9/24/2013 1:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I was called back for a diagnostic mammogram last week, and, of course, freaked out. I decided to educate myself by looking for additional information on the internet, since my doctor was largely neutral on the topic (I guess they have to be) about whether I needed to worry. I found WebMD, which told me that 10% of all mammograms result in call backs, and of those 10%, about 8-10% result in biopsies. So this made me feel a little better.

Then I found this list and hearing all your experiences made me feel less alone, and I was encouraged by all the positive outcomes.

So I had my second screening and ultrasound today and, whoopee! I'm okay (just getting old, 49, and developing fattier breasts with some residual dense tissue). So I guess I'm adding another data point for folks facing this scary moment, that there is a good chance you'll be okay. And, if not, you know they are catching it early.

I'm a new and fervent convert to regular mammograms as a result.

Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences here to help me better understand what I was facing.

Skim45
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   Posted 12/12/2013 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
In 2010 I had my call back and did the needle biobsy. The lab technician lost my results and i had to redo it . I tried to be nice about it...with great success. The results were ok. it was just a fat mass. Now, today I got a recall and I'm expecting its the same breast and the same results. I still feel abit worried and just reading this post help.

terivogy
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   Posted 2/27/2014 6:51 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi guys. I had my first mammogram last Tuesday (I'm 40) and had a call back Friday to get more images and an US. I did that yesterday. There's no history of BC in my family. After the additional images were done, I was taken to another room for the US. After she was done, I made the mistake of looking at the screen. Now I obviously don't know what I'm looking at but I quickly saw some white clusters around my nipple area. I have severe depression (started yet again on antidepressants yesterday), severe anxiety disorders and severe very frequent panic attacks. So now I'm thinking the absolute worst. Now when they called me for the second mamm and US, she read "no suspicious activity". That went in one ear and out the other because I always think the worst. I'm trying not to but its hard. When i spoke to my doctors office, they said they see this all the time. My first results showed fibrocystic tissue, I guess I should have said that earlier. After speaking with my doctors office, I called my mother and she also has that fibrocystic tissue. None of what I'm told makes me feel better. I'm terrified. Constantly shaking and crying that my body hurts from stess and tension. I came here to type this all out and this actually helped a bit.
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