hello can someone help me please?

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   Posted 3/25/2006 7:41 AM (GMT -7)   
i went for a mammogram 2 weeks ago and they recalled me back for more tests on friday.
when i went there, they told me a had a shadow on my left breast. they did some more tests and i now have to go back on wednesday for some more tests.
can someone tell me what that shadow is as the doctors didnt say anything.

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   Posted 3/25/2006 7:48 AM (GMT -7)   
They probably saw something they felt like taking a second and third look at. Usually a second look is done with more magnification and an ultrasound. My guess is the third visit may entail a needle biopsy???? Do you remember them saying anything about that? I can't think of anymore tests that could be done at this point, but possibly someone else can. Methods change so much in medicine and it has been nearly ten years since I was diagnosed. Stay with us here and we will help all we can in explaining things. It would be a good idea to take someone with you on Wednesday to help hear what is said. Hugs Mary K.

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   Posted 3/27/2006 4:19 PM (GMT -7)   
The shadow can be just about anything. It is a good thing they want to re-examine and be thorough. The Docs probably want to see more test results before committing to a diagnosis. MK gave you some good advise. Take someone with you and ask, ask, ask questions about what they are doing, why they are going it and when you will get results. Stay with us and let us know what is happening.


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   Posted 3/27/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   
They may want to do an ultrasound too. OR perhaps use a different kind of mammo machine, like MK said. Please ask questions and don't leave until you have a satisfactory response. You may not have answers, but you should get reasonable replies regarding what they plan to do or what they are looking at and why they are testing more.

Good luck,

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   Posted 3/28/2006 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
This must sound hard to believe right now, but knowing what to procedure to expect takes away a good amount of the anxiety.  Different people cope in different ways.  I have a friend that went through her procedures with her head in the sand because denial was her defense mechanism.  I, on the other hand, wanted to be told what was going to happen and what was being checked.  The denial thing has drawbacks, like you don't acknowledge how in the dark you really are and when you don't acknowledge fear, it comes out in other ways.  There really is no escaping from fear of cancer, better to acknowledge it and accept the support of loved ones while waiting.  That friend of mine had a harder time than she needed to have had, I think. 
Having said that, this is probably the worst time, the "waiting to see if you have cancer" time.  I hope you don't have to join the club that no one wants to join, but please know that the treatments now are very good, and lots and lots of survivors have put this dark time behind them.  Also know that this site is the absolute best for connecting and getting support.   
You'll be in my prayers and let us know what happens.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius


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