Hello - I just wanted to share my story, the process and precedure that I recently went thru. Hopefully it will help those who are going thru the same thing. I found it rather confusing but realize now - that's because so little is known about radial scars. What to do, What not to do...........
I was diagnoised with a radial scar in OCT 2010. The story is pretty much the same as the rest of you. I started out by going for my yearly Mam and Ultra-sound when my Radiologist noticed a mass in my left breast at the 5:00 position - she decided at that time to do a core needle biopsy taking out 4 samples. She called me in 10 days to say the samples were NON maligant..........a few days later I got a call from family Dr. asking me to come into his office to chat about the results. This is when my Dr. presented the Pathologist's report of the findings and it states that "The new report indictes a radial scar with atypical lobular hyperplasia and excisional biopsy is recommended". So it must be the course of action that the first results are passed along to the Pathologist for his comments - Guess this why we get two calls, to our own horror.
Long story short - I gave it all much thought and did some reseach. If the core needle biopsies were negative why was it suggested that I needed a excisional biopsy. As I found out Radial Scars are rare and can hide cancerous cells so it's a 15% they can find something. Who knew............
Everyone I knew suggested "Better be safe than sorry". After dragging my feet and a couple visits with 3 top surgeons - I choose a wonderful surgeon who only does breast surgery.
So on Mar 28, 2011 I was booked for day surgery - started out with ultrasound so they could locate area thur use of a needle guided wire, they then moved me into the day surgery room for localized freezing of breast - 10 minute operation and a 1.5 incision. My surgeon took out the entire mass 1.75 cm x 1.80 cm x .80 cm. I actually asked to see it. Anyways I got the results in 7 days and it was benign. OMG my worse nightmare was over and I should be so thankful nothing was found.
As of today I had my follow-up with the Surgeon to look at the incision and despite small dent or loss in breast tissue - I had no swelling, bleeding or pain from the operation.
So rule of thumb: get a good surgeon, ask lots of question prior to surgery, get copies of your all reports, post-surgery pack your breast with ice and use Clairns Stretch Mark Control Cream on the incision ( or any incision ) 14 days after to melt away the scar.
Hope this helps
Luv to you all