Lumpectomy went well, but now more questions

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   Posted 11/21/2008 11:42 PM (GMT -7)   

I went in on Monday for my lumpectomy.  They removed the fibro adenoma that was in my right breast, along with the surrounding tissue.  She said that she sent this to pathology even though it had already been biopsied "just to be safe".  She also went in to remove two cysts that are located on my left breast right beside my nipple.  When she came to talk to me after surgery she said that once she removed the two places that they were not cyst as first thought but she is not sure what they are.  shocked She said that she doesn't "think" that they look like cancer but that she sent them to pathology hoping to get some more answers.  Has anyone ever heard of this?  I have been searching the net but can't seem to find anything that looks like a cysts on u/s but isn't once it’s removed.  I have had two different hospitals do u/s and both identified them as simple cysts.  My husband doesn't seem concerned because she said that they didn't "look" like cancer but I am scared to death.  Would she be able to tell just by looking when she doesn't even know what they are?  What also scares me is I have many more "cysts" in both breast.  We only removed the two because they were palpable and the others are not.  Also did your doctor call you with your pathology reports or did you have to wait until your return office visit?  I don’t go back until Wed and think that I will be out of my mind by then.  Thanks again for all of your wonderful support!!!!!

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   Posted 11/23/2008 2:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Rosiecat,

Sorry that you are going through this and the waiting is the worst!!! Hang in there and don't worry until you have something to worry about so that all that worry doesn't go to waste! LOL! Seriously, one thing that I had was an intraductal papiloma, so maybe that's what these are. They are benign conditions, so that's good news. Hopefully others will have more thoughts, too! Know we're thinking about you and let us know!

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   Posted 11/24/2008 11:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much for the reply. I'm trying not to lose my mind, but not doing a very good job of it. LOL!

I called today thinking that maybe they would have the results back but not yet. I guess I will just have to wait until my appt on Wed. I will update after I find out what it is.

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   Posted 11/25/2008 3:29 PM (GMT -7)   
When you say that they thought that the two were cysts, I'm assuming that this info is based on an ultrasound? If so, sometimes an ultrasound image may appear like a cyst but it turns out not to be. Also, when the surgeon said that they didn't turn out to be cysts, I'm not sure how she can tell without trying to puncture the cyst. In the operating room, you really can't be sure what something is. You can guess by looking at it and feeling it; but this is only a guess.

If indeed the two lesions are not cysts, they can be a whole list of things, most of which are benign. It can normal tissue, fibrocystic changes (hyperactive tissue), fibroadenoma, complex cyst (cyst with debris inside) etc. I would not worry at this point until the path is out.

Also, some doctors will call you on the phone with results; and some only tell you in person. This is strictly the surgeon's choice.

Good luck. Don't worry too much.
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