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Breast Calcifications

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Joined: May 2001

I need to hear some experiences any of you
have had with surgical procedures or biopsies
of microcalcifications ?? What types of procedures did you have or wish you had had?
What was the out come of all your testing ?

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Joined: Oct 2000

Hi! I had microcalcifications. I had a needle localization biopsy which turned out to show DCIS. Had a lumpectomy then ,due to cancer cells still present in the margins, I had a mastectomy with immed reconstruction. Do you know if your calcifications are cancer or just calcifications? Not all are cancerous. The majority are not cancer. Good luck with your testing. Keep in touch. If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me here or at RPT1206@aol.com. Cathy

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Hi there, check out my personal web page, I go under Tiger, and you can read my whole story. Any other questions feel free to email me at davem@efni.com
my life is an open book ready to share!!!!

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Joined: Apr 2001

Hi, I was first dx w/microcalcifications. After my excisional biopsy I was dx as extensive DCIS and upon recommendation of my surgeon had a mastectomy/reconstruction. I also did a lot of research my self, anyway, I was dx with Stage I breast cancer after my mastectomy. Only two lymph nodes were taken at that time and they were benign, but I wasn't happy with that, so I had more removed and two were positive for cancer, so then I moved to Stage II. I am almost finished all my treatments and my hair is growing back in. If I can give you any advice it would be to read as much as possible, be as informed as your doctor. I found www.oncolink.com a great resource. Good luck and please stay in touch with us and above all else, be positive, because no matter what the outcome it has been caught early. Take care.

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Joined: Dec 2000

Hi, Last November I had biopsies of two areas of small microcalifications....and another area suspicious area in the ducts was removed. All of them turned up to be DCIS and because of the extensiveness of them I underwent a mastectomy. Did not need chemo or radiation per my doctor....am on Tomoxifen. I wish you well, there is a good chance they are benign....hang in there. You will be in my prayers.
Take care, Dee

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Joined: Dec 2000

Hi - I had microcalcifications - had a mammotone biopsy ( non-invasive) it was inconclusive so I had a surgical biopsy (lumpectomy). It was cancerous - I was diagnosed with ductal carcinoma in situ ( it didn't spread and was very small (7mm) and very early. They did a re-excision to make sure my margins were clear (they were) so I had 6 weeks of radiation and am on Tamoxifen for 5 years. So everything turned out fine - don't be nervous - anyway 85% of calcifications turn out to be benign. Let me know what happens - take care - Nancy

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Joined: May 2001

I had both a stereotapic and surgical biopsy done because they couldn't get a good sample from the first type due to the location of my microcalcifications. Most turn out not to be cancerous....I've done lots of reading and talked to lots of medical personnel on this. Mine turned out to be DCIS and I am having to undergo more surgery in the next couple of months. I hope yours goes well. Let me know if you need anything. This is the scariest and confusing thing I have ever gone through so if you have questions...please ask. I wish I would've had someone to talk to when all this first started.

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