Surgery scheduled...but what for?

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   Posted 4/11/2006 1:48 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, my surgery is scheduled for April 18, but at this point, I don't know if it's for a mastectomy of the right breast, or a bi-lateral.  I had an MRI last Thursday just to confirm the mammogram findings that the left breast was clear and lo and behold, there was a "spot".  I have an MRI-guided biopsy scheduled for early Thursday morning to find out what's going on in the left breast.  Just when I accept what's going on, it changes.  Whoever called this a "rollercoaster" was right.

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   Posted 4/11/2006 3:19 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I am certainly no expert in this area, but I did have two MRI's on my breasts last summer.  I was going to have a lumpectomy on the right breast, and they ordered an MRI to give additional information.  Well... my MRI found more spots too...but the dr.s assured me that MRI's are extremely sensitive, but HORRIBLE at delineating what they see.  My extra findings ended being normal breast tissue, but that couldnt be confirmed without the follow up breast MRI biopsy. 
The roller coaster is scary...and just when I thought I knew what was going on...the MRI results came in and stressed me out some more. 
I was doubly stressed because I couldnt be guaranteed that my insurance would pay for these MRI's since they were somewhat experimental to them.  Sigh...
Good luck with your MRI...and odds are very good that the MRI has found something that could be nothing else to worry about.
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   Posted 4/11/2006 6:14 PM (GMT -7)   

Here's hoping it's nothing, just an extra sensitive MRI machine!!! Hang in there - the roller coaster ride does stop eventually!!

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   Posted 4/11/2006 6:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I get MRI's once a year and mammos once a year, alternating every six months.  I get the MRI's because Mammo never detected my cancer.  They don't usually have MRI's as first-line test because it's so sensitive there's lots of false positives.
let's hope you "spot" is a false positive too.
Good luck, I'll be thinking of you.
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   Posted 4/11/2006 6:30 PM (GMT -7)   

Sorry to hear about the rollercoaster ride, unfortunatly this disease seems to keep all of us guessing. I wish you luck on your tests thursday and a quick healing.


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   Posted 4/11/2006 6:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Wishing you luck and so sorry for this extra stress. Here is wishing your MRI machine gives you happy news. Hugs Joyce
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   Posted 4/11/2006 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   

Pam,  I am sorry about the MRI results, but they could be many explanations for the "spot".  But.....I do suggest that you get off the rollar coaster for just a minute and call the Doctor and find out EXACTLY what type of surgery you are having!!!!  It may depend on the result of Thursday's testing, but....please be sure you know exactly what they are doing. 

I will have you in my prayers and thoughts Thursday and on the 18th.




Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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   Posted 4/12/2006 7:19 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Pam! I'm sorry that you are having to wait again but it is all part of getting the proper diagnosis. I agree w/ what Candy said. Get on the phone and call your dr. Find out exactly what you are going to be facing on the 18th. Make him answer your questions. You need to mentally be prepared so that your can have a quick recovery.

I am sure that the PCE will be fueled and ready to go.



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   Posted 4/12/2006 1:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I probably should have clarified...I know what I'm scheduled for, but depending on what happens tomorrow, that could change. I would just like to wipe away all these "what ifs" and get on with it already!

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