Jun 02, 2013 - 3:34 pm
Hi, I am hoping someone can help me with my recent MRI results and how I should proceed. A little history:
2009 (40 y.o.) DCIS diagnosis in left breast, 2.5 cm area and about 7 cm from nipple to chest wall. Bilateral mastectomy with DIEP reconstruction and no further treatment including no tamoxifen.
Regular check ups with no issues or lumps from surgury. Even though I "just had DCIS" I always wonder if I'd get cancer again, especially since I am having cycles and producing estrogen. My DCIS was both ER/PR+. Also my father's prostate cancer returned after 15 years despite not having a prostate, so wanting to be triple sure I insisted to my BS on having the MRI. My GP even ran blood tests to see my hormone levels and as she said my estrogen levels were "NOT low".
So I had the MRI last Thursday and the phone call Friday from my BS. As they all like to do, she starts with "everything looks fine BUT there were 2 lymph nodes in your chest that weren't there 4 years ago and the largest is ONLY 6 mm". So glad she was happy about the results...I was still holding my mouth. All she recommended was a follow up in 4 mos. b/c there's really no chance it would be caused by my past DCIS...it was all removed. I had the nurse fax me the radiologist report. This is what it says:
"Left breast: no axillary lymphadenopathy is seen. There is new left internal mammary chain lymphadenopathy present with multiple new enlarged internal mammary chain lymph nodes with the largest being located superiorly measuring 6 mm short axis.
Impression: new left mammary chain lymphadenopathy. Differential diagnosis would include metastatic disease and an infectious or inflammatory process.
Suspicious: BIRADS category 4"
So naturally I'm in hypersensitive mode wanting to know who to go to next for reassurance. i guess I'll start with the new oncologist I just started seeing, wonder if that was fate?
If anyone can help me with digesting the results and if I need to follow up sooner than 4 mos? Thank you all!