How long for results?

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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/24/2006 4:44 PM (GMT -7)   
My saga begins only 8 short days ago, although it seems like forever.  I woke up in the morning, and found a lump while I was taking a shower.  I had had my annual appt. with my OB/GYN only one week before, and she had given me a prescription for a baseline mammo, so instead of calling her, I called the breast center directly to make an appointment.  They had me have her fax over a new order for a diagnostic mammo, which she did, and by 9:30 that morning, only 2-1/2 hours after finding the lump, I was having my mammogram.  They call you in about 20 minutes after the mammo to report the results.  I was a birad-4, with an indeterminate lump and 3 clusters if microcalcifiations.  They referred me to a surgeon, who called me at home at 8:00 that evening, and told me I really should be seen quickly.  He was booked solid for the entire upcoming week, and going on vacation the week after that.  He kept his office open late for me Monday night (March 20), and, at that appointment, he was able to biopsy my lump and the calcifications right near it.  He was unable to locate the other two areas of calcifications on ultrasound.  After the exam and biopsy, he said there were an equal number of "indicators" pointing in each direction...e.g., the lump looked smooth in one view on the ultrasound, but in another view, the edges were jagged.  He said he really didn't have a strong pull one way or the other which way this one might go.
That's the for my question.  The surgeon told me I should have the results of my biopsy today.  Now, I understand that since my appointment was well after hours on Monday night, that's really like having the biopsy on Tuesday.  They called me today and told me that I won't have my results today.  They said that my specimen is "complicated", and the lab said it'll take longer to get results.  I asked if I'd have them on Monday, and they said they didn't know.
Soooo....has anyone else experienced a 6-day wait for results (4 business days)?  Will a delay that long compromise my specimen?  Has anyone been told they had a "complicated" specimen?  What does that mean...and could it be a bad sign?
Any insight would be helpful and very much appreciated.

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 3/24/2006 5:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Specimens can be rechecked months and years later, so no there is no deterioration. Since this is complicated, even if you get a final "benign" diagnosis, I would insist on having the lump totally removed and pathology tests done. Clusters of calcifications are possibly cancer or precancer sites. Rough edges, "spiculated" shapes, are also highly suspicious for cancer. Caught early and removed early may mean you will only need a lumpectomy and radiation; however, a study of the type of cancer if it is malignant also indicates type of treatment. Please come back and let us know about your results. We care and will help in any way we can. Hugs, Mary K. MK

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Date Joined Sep 2004
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   Posted 3/25/2006 11:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Pam, I was told several times I had a "complicated case".  At my mammo, they found something suspicious.  The u/s saw a jagged they did a biopsy then and there.  Foward past two MRI's and a lumpectomy to a benign "complex sclerosing lesion".  It wasnt cancer, but can turn down the road. 
I was able to get my test results in a more timely fashion...though it felt like forever.  I think I waited to business days.  The waiting was the worst part of everything for sure.  Nobody likes the unknown. 
I hope you hear back soon...
Currently in remission since September 2004!!!  I am on Imuran 125 mg and am LOVING life!

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   Posted 3/26/2006 4:49 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm sorry, I cannot help in answering your questions.  However, I do understand your concern.
My mother in law has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She was told at the time of biopsy.  I have to question this?  She never was told of any further
 biopsy results once they were sent away?  This has all been going on since the beginning of Feb,  starting with the mammogram, two weeks later her doctor's appointment, two weeks later her ultra sound and biopsy, and then what seems like such a long wait for surgery.    Almost 2 months have passed. 
They just called her this past Friday, to say she'll be having her surgery on April 7th. 
Maybe because your biospy is questionable, and is taking longer, it's a good thing..I wish you all the best and may you get quick results.

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