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Sun Whitey
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After a mammogram and ultra sound, I have a biopsy scheduled next Tuesday for 3 lumps/masses in my left breast.  They are described as "abnormal" (?) about 1cm in size.  The initial report to my doctor noted that it does not "look like" breast cancer... but says they are not calicifications or cycsts. I'm not quite sure what to think, and am trying to process this as best as I can.  I would be lying if I said I'm not a tad anxious.  Needing to vent, thank you.

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The fact that it doesn't look like cancer is a good sign, but now you are in the hardest part (to me): the wait and see.  Sending you hugs and prayers that the lumps are benign!

Sun Whitey
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Thank you CC.  I appreciate the support.  Yes, the waiting is the hardest part.  Hugs back to you!

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When in doubt, check it out.  It is good that you are going ahead with making sure things truly are good.  Uncertainty can be unnerving.  If you were not having these biopsies done, I think that in the back of your mind you would wonder . . .  Then later on, if something were to come of those lumps, you would wonder why not everything that could have been done to catch a problem earlier was not done -- it could have made a positive difference in several ways.

Hope things go well for you.

 

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Josie21
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I just went through this with my sister this week.  She was told she had three cysts and one that looked like a suspicious lesion.   Needless to say it was the week from hell.    Well the good news is she had the biopsy today and the surgeon said it was a complex cyst.  No cancer!.  The moral of the story is please do not jump to any conclusions.  Try and stay calm.  Those lumps could be something totally benign.  Having been a four time biopsy person I never had anyone tell me that the abnormal spot did not look like cancer.  My doctors never talked like that.  I think that's a great sign.  I know that my breast cancer diagnosis has now caused my sister to be watched extra carefully (thank God)!  Do you have a history of breast cancer in your family?   Maybe  they are being extra careful.    Try and keep yourself busy and PLEASE try not to search the web too much.   You will find information that will not pertain to your exact situation and you will make yourself nuts!!  Good luck.  

Sun Whitey
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My mom said there is no history of breast cancer in our family, thank goodness!  I have had a biopsy done on each breast before, but it was nothing to this "extreme" for lack of a better word.  I am calm, but I think you're right.  Too much internet research probably isn't helping...I don't need to be more nuts than I already am!  ;)

Thank you Josie21.

 

Sun Whitey
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Lynn Smith
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It's OK to vent.You have reason to.The good part your doctor doesn't think it's cancer but also said it doesn't look like cysts or calcifications.So I'm sure you do wander what it is. Anyone would worry.

Wishing you the best on your test.I have a benign(fibroid tumor) in my left breast the one that I had cancer.They just watch it.I had a clean mammo last week but was worried.Do we ever not worry once dx,

Lynn Smith

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Wishing you good luck and sending a gentle hug too!

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I keep thinking I will change it, but, I kind of like it too.  Laughing

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I think your picture is the best too Kristin!  Don't change it!

disneyfan2008
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I just had the same thing about two months ago..BIOPSY came back ok..but still questionable...MINE was scar tissue. I am not sure if you have had surgery prior to not..

 

I am thinking of you....

wishing you well

Denise

Sun Whitey
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I have never had surgery before.  The mammogram showed a lot of "density" on the left side, which is why they did the ultra sound. It was during the ultra sound they found the lumps.    Uugh.  Waiting blows.  Thank you for your good thoughts, Denise.  <3

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Good luck Tuesday!

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I hope the biopsy goes smoothly on Tues, and that you have very little pain.  Most important, I'll be sending some powerful mojo that your tests come back negative.  Good luck!

Hugs,

Linda

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Hoping and praying for you!

 

Hugs, Jan

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that waiting is horrible.  Hoping you'll be posting good results soon.  Hugs, Linda

Sun Whitey
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I needed that hug this morning.

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Good luck and praying for good results!

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Sending positive thoughts and lots of luck to you today!

 

Lex

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Waiting sucks. Praying everything comes back Neg,

Sun Whitey
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Tomorrow is the day.  3 lumps.  3 biopsies.  If they are not calcifications are cysts, what are they?  Swollen lymph nodes maybe?  Then what?  Uugh.  This blows.  It's all good.  I'm a very positive person and will spend today working out and staying busy so I don't think so much!  Once again, thank you for all the support and hugs!  Cool

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Hope everything is B9.  Funny, we either worry or we don't.  I didn't because I could not feel a lump, even though I knew that a nonsuspicious spot that had been noted on previous mammograms had doubled in size over the past year, so I sort of "knew" what the results were going to be.  Still I was not worried.  Even though I had just been diagnosed with endometrial cancer the preceding day.  How could I have breast cancer, too, afterall?  I was waiting with another woman who was a basket case.  Still I wasn't worried.  After the results said I had breast cancer, I worried then.  I worried through treatments and only now 2 years later do I not worry - as much.  Wating for results is the worst.

Please let us know how tomorrow goes.  We can fire up the pink bus if needed.

Suzanne

Josie21
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Just want you to know I will be sending a special prayer your way tomorrow.  I hope everything goes smoothly and all biopsies turn out benign.  Please let us know how it goes.  

Sun Whitey
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Not the news I was expecting.  I have 4 lumps, not 3.  That surprised me.  The good news?   I set the record for having 4 biopsies at once in their center!  WHOOP!  The bad news, after questioning the radiologist, he told me he's pretty sure that I do have breast cancer; specifically in the deepest mass.  :(

 

When Dr. Wong first saw the ultra sounds, he immediately confirmed they weren't cysts, just as the other radiologists did...okay, fine.  Before the biopsy he did another ultra sound for himself and to make markings, which is when he told me I have 4 lumps, not 3.  Okay, fine.  Lidocaine was no problem, barely hurt at all.  The only time I had any pain was when they retrieved the samples from the deepest lump...ouch!  Dr. Wong had to make a second entrance incision to reach the farthest lump under my armpit.  That was a tad tender.  Then, little "wings" or teeny-tiny metal-type thingys (?) were injected back into the lumps. These are so if I don't have breast cancer, the next time I have a mammo, it will show that these lumps have already been biopsied.  Something tells me those lumps won't be staying there, anyway.

One more mammo to make sure the little "wings" were in place (which hurt because I was already bruising), and I left.  I'm not sure what to feel right now.  I don't think it will sink in until the results come in confirming it.  

I am grateful for all of your responses, your kind words and love.  I'm going to need a lot of hugs!

Bless you all.  xoxoxo

Susan

Josie21
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Hi Susan.  I hope you set a new record today; most biopsies done at once that were all benign!!  I don't trust anything anyone says until they see it under a microscope.   No matter what though, there will be people here for you including myself.  I am praying hard for you and sending hugs!!   Ginny

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Praying for you!

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I am sending you as many hugs as you need!

 

Hugs, Leeza

muffingranma
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I pray everything goes well. I had two lumpectomys in 2006, then radiation every thing went fine and hardly any pain at all. So I pray its not anything. but if it is hope you have not much discomfort. I have a rare cancer now that not many get it has been bad, but it isn;t lumps its in the blood. I am glad for you it isn't that kind and it will be just a lumpectomy and no pain. hope its nothing . will keep you in our thoughts. I know its hard waiting it is for anyone. Prayers are with you.

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Susan, we are all sisters here and will always support you and will be praying for you.

 

Sun Whitey
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I am so sore.  Those large 4 penetrating biopsy "needles" (the fat thick ones that click twice) they place into you are not kind the second day.  I am so grateful for all of your support.  I live alone, 43 years old and my family is close, but not close enough to be here right now.  Lack of human touch and hugs is super hard at the moment.  Praying so hard the radiologist is wrong.  Trying to keep it together.  I'm okay, I am.  I'm strong.  But days like today, I just want somebody to hold me and tell me everything is going to be okay.  Again, thank you for letting me share. xoxoxoxo

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I hear you loud and clear and do understand being alone and no human touch, etc.  We'll be here waiting to hear what's happening every step of the way.  Try to sleep and not stare at the ceiling all night like I did in the beginning!  See what I mean...we really do know exactly what you're going through!  Big hug for you, Linda

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Praying the radiologist is wrong too.  Lean on us if you need to!

Hugs, Rose

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I am sending you lots of hugs and prayers! 

 

Hugs, Leeza

Sun Whitey
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Still waiting for that phone call.  Finally said the words "breast cancer" out loud today.  Seems like my mind is playing tricks on me. I'm still thinking the radiologist has to be wrong.  All of your hugs and caring words are helping me more than you know!  Innocent

Pink Rose
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We are here with you waiting on that call.  Please post when you know something and know that we are praying for you.

Hugs, Rose

Sun Whitey
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For the first time since last week, I woke up extremely stressed.  Ladies, how long do you think it will take until those biopsy results come back if my biopsies were done last Tuesday morning?  I have felt so calm and about everything...but for whatever reason, this morning I am consumed with thoughts and anxious beyond belief.  I'm wondering if I should call my PCP or not, or what to do. I'm trying to distract myself but it's not working.  Even deep breathing is a challenge.  Uugh.  Venting.  Venting.  Venting.  Thank you.

Josie21
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Vent away! Waiting is so stressful and horrible.  I waited at least a week every time to find out my biopsy results.  Just give them a call tomorrow.  You need to know now one way or the other.  The worst they can say is that they are not back.  It's better than thinking they are just sitting on someone's desk.  Ginny

Sun Whitey
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I received the call today.  :(  A "preliminary" report was sent to my doctor so we could start "taking steps."  Only 2 of the 4 lumps were finished being analyzed, but both showed breast cancer.  I see a surgeon Wednesday afternoon, and an oncologist after that.  Dr. said the only thing we know right now is that I do in fact have breast cancer, we just don't know how much or how far it's spread.  I think I'm okay.  I think.  In a bit of shock, but, those of you who have read my past posts know that I have been mentally preparing myself.  Does anyone know why I am not seeing an oncologist before I see the surgeon?

I think I'm okay.  I am not sure.  I called my mom.  I am lucky to have her.  She will now tell the rest of the family.  I have good friends and a good support system.  Living alone doesn't make it any easier...

No one here with me tonight.  I suppose if someone were here, I may fall apart, so perhaps it's for the best.

I actually don't know what to do right now.  I will have to notify work.  I do have a cancer policy with Aflac, so, I'm glad about that. I'm rambling.  Breast cancer.  No history of it in my family.  WTF.  I couldn't even remember today was Monday.  My mind feels blank.  Am I supposed to feel scared?  Perhaps it hasn't registered yet.  Should I see a nutritionist?  Sigh.  Sigh.  Sigh.

 

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Dear Sun Whitey,

Inherited breast cancer is a very small % of women.  Most do not have family members with breast cancer and if they do, it just happens and it's not an inherited kind.  

I was alone also when a mammogram found the lump, when I had the biopsy and my surgeon told me they did reserve the OR for me (Just in case).  It was confirmed as positive for bc and I did have the mastectomy.  My mom and dad did come to stay at my house as my youngest son needed someone at home while I had the surgery.  My oldest son had just left for college.  I went through chemo alone and from that point on, each biopsy (2 more), and everything else was a solo thing.  Very doable.

If you eat a balance diet you don't need a nutritionist.  Breast cancer is one of the oldest recorded disease dating back to B.C. and there is no proof that food plays any role in it.  If it had, some one would have told us that eating apples prevented breast cancer.  No on has.  You will find both opinions on the subject.

My advice and I am 18 1/2 years since my diagnose is to read and learn all you can.  There are lots of books on the topic.  I was frighten for about 3 minutes after my mammogram.  I think looking back I was rather numb.  I had children to support and had to work and therefore, I dealt with it all, one day at a time.  When it was over and insisted the port come out, I had hoped that the experience was behind me.  It was not to be for me but hopefully for you it will be.  I am still around to write about it.

Wishing you good luck with the path report and hopefully it hasn't spread.

Keep us posted,

Doris

Josie21
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I am so sorry!  i wish I was there to give you a big hug.  I know you are scared, but you are already doing positive things to get well.  You told your mom, you have a surgeon, an oncologist and thankfully good insurance.  You are ready to fight.  Yell, cry, throw things and do anything else that will relieve your stress right now.  It's normal to be confused, sad and really mad.  I know I was! Please know that there will be a lot of people here for you.  I had my aunt who was a stage 3 survivor to help me talk through everything.  I did not know about this site.  I wish I did.  These ladies are so knowledgeable and so willing to help.  If you need to talk, please let me know.  I could give you my phone number by email.  You are not alone!!  You will be OK.

survivorbc09
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I am sending the biggest hug thru cyber space to you! 

 

Hugs, Jan

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All of us have different kinds of bc, but we probably share your same reaction.  In my case, the GYN called to confirm my bc and sent me to the surgeon next.  He sent me to the plastic surgeon from there.  I didn't see the onco until after my bilateral and healing time. As I drove home from the surgeon's ofc, I honestly can't even remember a stop sign or red light...nothing.  Just numbness all over.  I'm alone, too.  My son and his family live several states away, and I held off an entire week before telling him.  I didn't want to ruin his weekend.  I didn't know what to say.  Didn't want to fall apart on the phone.  No bc in either side of my family either. I say try to take it one small step at a time from this point.  You'll be guided through everything and have decisions to make.  Time goes by so quickly, and we'll be chatting about your recovery soon.  You'll give advice to the next set of survivors.  We are here for you.  Vent and vent some more.  I'd give you a huge hug if possible.  Linda  

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I am so sorry you have to go through this. It totally sucks to hear those words It's cancer. There was absolutely no BC history in my family either. I was convinced my lump was an infected cyst when I went for my mammogram. It wasn't and my journey began. I am sending thoughts and prayers your way! And (((Hugs)))) 

Sandy

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telecomjd
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I've been there.  I had a lump that I found in the shower.  My ob/gyn thought it was nothing.  The radiologist thought it was nothing.  Guess what?  It was invasive lobular carcinoma.  And, my one lump ended up being three.  

I went to a breast surgeon first.  The priority is getting that cancer out, out, out.  In my experience, you need the full pathology to decide the best course of treatment.  The oncologist is going to want that pathology.

My breast surgeon referred me for genetic testing, and to my medical and radiological oncologists.  For some people, the process is a little different.  But, what you're saying sounds a lot like what I just experienced in October.  So take heart.

What I would advise is to take one step at a time.  Make a list of all of the folks you need to call and plow through making appointments and such.  Get yourself a notebook or planner and start writing down questions for your appointments.  If you have a friend who you can bring with you to the appointments, it's a good idea.  Then, they can help you take notes or ask follow-up questions.

Of course, these discussion boards provide a great resource.  But, if you're comfortable telling people that you have been diagnosed, you may end up finding your own network of ladies willing to chat with you.  I call my network my "Breast Friends."  Through friends and friends of friends, I created a network of folks who went through all sorts of permutations of cancer treatment.  

I'd also advise doing some searches online to find local cancer groups that may have helpful resources.  My local hospital has various breast cancer support groups available where you can be with people who have walked this road.  They also offer fun classes that help to get your mind off of your cancer and on to thinking about the rest of your life.

You're in my thoughts.

Megan

Sun Whitey
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Megan,

Thank you for writing.  I'm in tears. I don't understand why I am seeing a surgeon before an oncologist.  Everyone is giving their opinion.  I'm new at this.  How do I know what is recommended is the right thing?  I don't want a 2nd opinion.  I believe in my PCP. If she recommeneded this surgeon I trust her.  I didn't even know there were different "types" of breast cancer.  

I'm frustrated.  Anyway, just venting.  Thank you so much for taking the time to comment.  I will take all of your suggestions to heart.  They are great suggestions.

Susan

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I wish the results were better.Stil hope the other 2 are beinign. I had other tumors found when I was first dx after the bc was found.At my lumpectiomy when I was being prepped a tumor was found besdies the cancer one.It was taken out also and benign.It was a surprise.Then 3 weeks later with my check margins surgery I found a tumor 2 days before that surgery.Told the doctor as I was being prepped and he said  we'll see what it is when we get in there.Another benign  tumor.So 1 malignant and 2 benign and then a year ago anoither benign tumor was found and it's being watched.I know how you feel and your fear.Still Praying the other 2 are benign when those tests are back

For having 2 different cancers it happened last year with my sister. Cancer in both breasts and different cancers in each one.She had a masectomy and recontruction.Then chemo and now taking Armidex.She's doing fine.

For seeing the oncologist first.Not the way it was for me.I had this surgeon for years.Went in for a check up because my breast hurt after my grandson elbowed me.Doctor  didn't find anything but said wait for 5 months till my mammo.Tumor was found and it was cancer.It was a breast for many years that had benign tumors since I was 20  and I did fear this would be  cancer after the blow. The oncolgist was  the one who prescribed tamoxfin and also did check ups but I didn't see her till after surgeries etc.

Lynn Smith

  

telecomjd
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Susan,

I wish I could say that I didn't know how it feels, but unfortunately I do.  I know it's confusing.  But, your experience sounds a lot like mine.  

Perhaps the way to think about this is that you're building a team.  I saw my breast surgeon first, and she referred me to my oncologists and plastic surgeon.  These folks work together all of the time.  They communicate with each other constantly.  Some folks may see other team members first -- and that works, too.  In the end, what matters is that all of the players are on the bench -- it does not matter who you drafted first.  In the end, you're assembling "Team Susan."  

All of the pieces are going to fall into place.  It's really scary until they do.  And, sometimes it's really scary after they do.  And, that's totally okay.  You're going to have good days, and you're going to have bad days.  There are going to be tears, and there are going to be hugs and high-fives -- sometimes in the same doctor's appointment.  I agree with others on this list that the worst part of this process is the uncertainty of waiting for appointments and test results.

When I was diagnosed, I spoke to a friend whose infant daughter had Stage 4 germ cell cancer -- and beat it.  She told me that what I needed was a "plan."  Once you have a plan you can execute on it with drive and focus.  But, the morass of uncertainty causes a ton of heartburn and heartache until that plan is cobbled together.  Once you have a plan, things feel much, much better.

Take heart.  Things will fall into place.

Megan

 

 

survivorbc09
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What a great way to look at this Megan, to have a plan, as, it will give you something to focus on.  Great advice!

Jan

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