3 days after lumpectomy....

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garmar
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   Posted 3/22/2007 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi...I don't know if I'm part of the club...but I'm thinking I would rather not be...ha ha...I am 3 days in recovery after my surgeon removed a lump, which we thought from the mammo was another fibroid (I had one on my left breast removed 5 yrs ago) but he told my husband after the surgery it was a "mass" a little larger than a walnut, not another fibroid and 2 cysts. The incision is much larger than the one I had on my left.  My question is this...how long does it usually take to get the biopsy results and what is the difference between a mass and fibroadenomas? 
Thank you in advance for any help you can give me and God Bless and keep you well.  Linda

Tavish
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   Posted 3/22/2007 8:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Linda-
Hope you do not get an automatic membership to the club, but if the invitation is offered, we'll welcome you with whatever advice or hope we can offer.

I found out that my tumor was cancer when I woke up from surgery, they did a frozen section. I waited 7 days for the path report to get the details of the tumor, but I got immediate info.

The delay in time means nothing as far as the results, and I am not sure the scar does either...that would just indicate the location, the position or something that may be unrelated. I think that it is just semantics, to call it a mass as opposed to a tumor or a fibroadenoma. I think a mass is just a mass, which can then be benign or malignant.

I'm not an expert though...you may try to call the doctor's office tomorrow and see if you can find out anything before the weekend...

Lori


rottilover
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   Posted 3/22/2007 9:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi there, i hope you do become a member with us. we all need the info and support. When i had my altrasound mamagram and byopsy done at once , the surgon that did them all told me right away that it was not going to be good. the real results were in with in 3 days of being sent. They called mine a mass after they did the tests because it was not a small encased area. But that was here, now every Dr. has their own way of talking as well so im not to sure either. I agree with Lori and i would call and see what they say ok. Please take care and let us know what is happening with you ok. And by the way your scar is probably bigger or strange because they may have taken more tissue then they expected to, to make sure they can test more to be sure you ok. I think we can live with a scar and come back more sure that it has not spread. They did that with me. I have a scar for the middle of my chest all the way across to the arm pit near my back and it has healed real well. I was shocked to see it was that large but once i thought about it i was ok with it that she did what she did to just make sure. Lots of hugz to you ok.. Love Pam :K:
Take Care Love: Pam


gma
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   Posted 3/23/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
The others have really covered your questions but I wanted to share a little, too. I think the time it takes can have to do with your location and how far the sample has to go to be biopsied. , also. Usually a frozen section is done right away as Lori said but if no one was there trained to read it.......? I guess it would be a moot point. about the scar. I had two benign lumps removed before I was diagnosed with cancer. Both times the scar and area filled in and you couldn't see where the lump had been removed. The larger of the two took a little longer filling in, but it did and by the time I had a mastectomy I couldn't remember which breast had which lump originally. So don't be concerned about the scar. Let us know about the report when it comes back. I hope you hear today. And by the way, you need to get a copy of that report to keep for future references whether it is benign or malignent, and put it in a place where you will know where to find it. Hope you don't have to join us, but you certainly are welcome either way B-9 or other. Hugs MK


coopfesta
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   Posted 3/23/2007 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm praying for you here in the catskills.  Rottilover, she means she doesn't want to join the club of women with cancer, she's not talking about the board itself.  We are a truly special group of bc survivors who have a lot of knowledge about your stage of the game.  As far as our board "club" is concerned, I agree, we're great!!! 
 
I was fortunate that my surgeon was going away the next day to Japan and ordered stat results, but I've heard of people waiting as long as a week and a half to two weeks.  I hope you hear soon. 
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius
Don't knock on Death's Door.  Ring the bell and run.  He hates that.

Ellen


garmar
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   Posted 3/24/2007 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I just want to say THANK YOU all for your support.  Before I had my surgery, I found another forum and the woman that responded to my post basically acted as though I was overreacting and that the mammogram results saying the mass was benign should have been enough.  I have a 7 yr old girl and an 8 yr old boy and I have worried about the fact that once a fibroid is found you are more likely to get breast cancer since my first lumpectomy 5 years ago, so needless to say when they found this one I was very nervous and I'm so glad to have found such wonderful supportive people to help me.  I read the posts late last night, so I didn't have a chance to call my Dr., but I have a follow up on Tuesday.  The scar doesn't bother me, looking at it now with the tape and how big the incision was does...ouch...ha ha...I am healing well though and thanks to you and the "club", my mind is at ease as well because now I know I wasn't overreacting.  P.S.  If I do ever join the club officially, I am glad to know there are such knowlegable and caring members. tongue Thanks again!  Linda

gma
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   Posted 3/24/2007 7:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Gosh I can't imagine why anyone would think you were over reacting. We have all been there and I know every one of us was frightened. And after the experiences of knowing you do have cancer, every little ache and pain makes you wonder if it is back. I don't suppose they over react to that, either????? Baloney. Sorry you didn't get results yesterday but I am sure you will at your appointment on Tuesday. Just hang in there and enjoy your weekend. Hugs MK


Brnadebt
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   Posted 3/24/2007 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Linda

I don't think you are overreacting either, when I was first diagnosed I had surfed the web and found another site that was very negative and had me scared to death. I then foud this site and have never looked back. You will get lots of good advice here and the ladies truly care. We all hope that you will not have to join our "club". I did not get my results back for 3 or 4 days but I knew ahead of time that mine would be malignant. The radiologist was also in on my ultra sound and I asked her point blank what she thought and she said that she would be surprised if it came back negative. So I think there is still a good chance that it will be B9. The odds are in your favor too, 80% of lumps are B9. Try to relax and enjoy your weekend.

Keep us posted, we care.
Bernadette
 
 


barkyboys
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   Posted 3/25/2007 7:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Linda...my memory is froggy sometimes, but I think I remember reading that a fibroadenoma does have a distinctive image on a mammo that makes it more likely to identify as benign. However, I'll also add that the only guarantee is a biopsy, so be glad your surgeon did one. You have no idea how many women come here, scared to death that they have a lump, have a mammo, and then are told it is "nothing." It sounds like your surgeon wants to cover all the bases, and that is the best kind to have! Many of us might not be here today had our doctors let a mammogram be the deciding factor. (And I'll clarify to say that I am not talking about a fibroadenoma...I'm talking about mammograms that showed nothing when there was a palpable lump or lumps, which was the case with me.)

I had two different biopsies, at two different hospitals, and two different wait times...same surgeon. The first, I had no wait at all. Actually, I found out when I was still on the table. The pathologist came down to to OR to see me for himself. The second, I waited a week. In my case, no news was good news. That's a philosophy I think often holds true!

Hope you don't become a member of the "club," either. We never like to see new members. But we do welcome newcomers with open arms.

Best wishes...
BEV

garmar
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   Posted 3/28/2007 3:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Bev...i wasn't sure how to post a reply to let you all know how the follow up with the surgeon went, so I posted a new topic..I am relieved, but now I'm not sure if I will ever trust just the mammo again.... I hope all is well with you and appreciate your help. Take care :) Linda
True happiness is WANTING what you HAVE, not HAVING what you WANT.  Have a great day!!!


RubyShooZ
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   Posted 4/15/2007 8:54 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the negativity that can be found on some forums - not this one that I've seen though. Y'all seem so understanding and it's much appreciated. I felt and feel some pretty utter (udder?) desperation and have some very mixed feelings and have found some people who said things like: SHAME SHAME SHAME for being scared and I thought, man, that's no way to treat people. This is a time when we need all the kind words we can get.

Hugs to all!
~ Peace, love and understanding ~
 

gma
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   Posted 4/15/2007 9:38 AM (GMT -7)   
about this group.... Several of us began posting on another site in 1999. After a mess there with a troublemaker many of us moved to Healingwell. We have had group get togethers beginning in May of 2000, annually until about two years ago when we lost several of our group including one of the ladies who lived in the area where we last met within months of our get together. Actually we planned the visit because we knew she was needing us, we walked the last lap of the Race for the Cure with her.

You need to realize that in a group with breast cancer quite often some of the members who are around and post a lot are the most ill. Through meeting we have become close and it truly is like losing a family member when we say a final goodbye to a special sister. I don't want to seem morbid here, there are lots of us with many years of survival, too. I guess what I am trying to say is that we are a close group who have been together through good and bad for many years. We do have different personalities, and not everyone sees eye to eye with everyone else, but I hope you will never see any nastiness here. We do not tend to be negative, either. Everyone is here to help support each and everyone of us, regardless of whether the problem is our breast cancer or maybe another problem affecting our lives, like husbands or children who have problems.

Hugs, MK


garmar
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   Posted 4/15/2007 5:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you..I've found nothing but help and hope here and I'm so glad to have found the site...you are all wonderful people. Thank you so much for your help.  Linda
True happiness is WANTING what you HAVE, not HAVING what you WANT.  Have a great day!!!

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