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lizhannah
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   Posted 11/24/2006 4:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
 
This is my first time at HealingWell.  I had my first mammogram today.  I am 41.  My internest found 2 lumps in my left breast and multiple hard spots and swellings under my left arm.  The radiologist who did the ultra sound wouldn't give me a diffinitive answer.  She said that my breast tissue is to dense to make a detirmination at this time.  What does that mean?  She was, however, able to see the lymph nodes clearly.  Is it common for many people to have a first dx as inconclusive?  I go back to the hospital on Tuesday to p/u my films and a cd of the ultra sound.  (The tech said that by then they may have a more clear answer.)  I figure it is good to have them in case I want a second opinion.
 
I am so scared that I am shaking.  It's going to be a long weekend.  How am I going to tell my family about this?  It makes for a bad Christmas gift.
 
Please...  somebody try to answer my q's.  I need all the love and support I can get.
 
lizhannah

gma
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   Posted 11/24/2006 7:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Definitely go for a second opinion. If you have a breast specialist in your area, try and see them. The only way to know for sure is to do a biopsy. It seems to me there are places that can be biopsied if you feel hard lumps. You need answers not guesses so you can rest easy. Breast cancer does not always mean big problems. Early detection and getting treatment can be all it takes for a longer lifetime. I was diagnosed ten years ago and there are several more around here that far out. One of us is approaching 25 years I believe. Try not to worry until you really have something you know needs worried about. We are here to help once you get some more answers. Hug, Mary K.


Tavish
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   Posted 11/26/2006 8:46 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, sorry you found the need to look here for information. Try not to think of this as an inconclusive diagnosis...a mammogram is not 100%, it is just one helpful tool to detect lumps or other things that should not be there...including cysts, calcs, and who knows what other junk. The density of your breast would not make you more or less likely to have a malignant condition, it just makes the mammogram less reliable. It is not really a second opinion, the way I see it, as the mammo was just not able to read anything either way. THe fact that it was not conclusive by no means suggests cancer, it just means they could not determine what it is. The best thing then is to always get more testing to figure out just what it is...and if an ultrasound is not conclusive either, do not panic. Sometimes they just need different screening tools to find the right image. And also, don't panic if the tech does not tell you anything...that is totally normal. Only the doctor is supposed to read the films and provide an opinion.
Yes this is a frightening situation, but don't make it worse for youself by trying to read into things. Just take a breath, bring your films and a friend to your next appointment and get copies of your reports for your own records. Rely on your gut and if you aren't satisfied, then seek another opinion.
80% of breast lumps are benign, hopefully yours is in that majority.
Lori


lizhannah
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   Posted 11/28/2006 7:48 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Mary k. and Lori (and everyone else)

I got my films today and the dr. report.  It states that no mass was seen due to the density of the tissue.  Another u/s is needed for further evaluation.  So, in a nutshell, I just have to wait until I see my Dr. again.  The u/s of the axilla showed no suspicious calcifications but did note that the nodes look like fibroglandular tissue that is asymmetric.

I am going to see if I can get a needle biopse.  Is that possible if they can't see anything on the films?  I am also going to see if a ct scan can be done.  This is all a little overwhelming but I'm not as scared as I was a week ago.  My intuition still tells me that something is not right.

Any words of wisdom or suggestions?

Thank You for replying to my post.

Elizabeth

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