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Topic: Tissue Markers

Forum: High Risk for Breast Cancer — Due to family history, genetics, or other factors.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2008 11:23PM

Graceface wrote:

I recently had a stereotactic biopsy and a small titanium tissue marker was placed in my breast to identify the calcification area. Next, I had an excisional biopsy done with wire guided placement.  After the excisional bisopsy, the surgeon notified me that the tissue marker was not removed with the tissue that she had removed, confirmed upon x-ray. Apparently the tissue marker migrated so far that it was no where to be found. Is this common, to have this tissue marker just sitting in your breast, probably for the rest of your life?  I was informed that it's no big deal. Any harm?

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Jul 11, 2008 09:04PM awb wrote:

Grace--they told me the marker could remain in place indefinitely without a problem.  Mine was removed during my lumpectomy.

Anne

"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future"

Dx 9/5/2003, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodesSurgery 09/16/2003 Lumpectomy (Right)Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2003 TamoxifenSurgery 04/05/2005 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Hormonal Therapy 02/28/2009 Evista
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Jul 12, 2008 08:10AM leaf wrote:

I think usually they put in titanium markers now.  Titanium is a non-ferrous metal, so is usually considered compatable with MRIs, if that is ever needed in the future.  Many people have titanium implants in their bones.

Like Anne, I was told they would remain there.  If it posed some sort of problem, they could easily take it out.  They should show up on Xrays.

I recently found out I have part of a sewing machine needle in my finger that has been there since a sewing machine accident about 40 years ago.  I've had an MRI since and it posed no problem. I'm sure the sewing machine needle was not titanium.

If you're going through hell, keep going-Winston Churchill

Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR-Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2006 Tamoxifen
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Jul 12, 2008 03:05PM snoopygirl wrote:

 The exact same thing happened to me Wednesday. My surgeon told me not to worry about it.

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Jul 13, 2008 12:41PM snowyday wrote:

Hi snoopygirl, so much for CSI shows where they show metal objects flying out of people who have MRI's or is it Cat Scan.  Wow makes you really wonder what your body can carry around for years without realizing it. 

PN

Dx 5/24/2007, ILC, 5cm, Stage IV, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Jul 14, 2008 12:07AM leaf wrote:

I read one MRI safety article that said that many times if the metal object in in your trunk or extremities, you can often have an MRI if your surgery was more than 2 months or so ago.  Some places in your body never form scar tissue, like your eyes.

Some people carry shrapnel in their body; some have metal rods in their bones and don't ever have them removed.  It probably depends on what and where it is.

If you're going through hell, keep going-Winston Churchill

Dx 12/8/2005, LCIS, Stage 0, ER+/PR-Hormonal Therapy 07/15/2006 Tamoxifen
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Jul 21, 2008 09:25AM lvtwoqlt wrote:

I have a metal rod in my back to support my curvature of the spine. it was put in in 1971. I have not had any MRI's done but the doctors say that it won't be a problem if I need one. I can go through the metal dectors at the airports and it doesn't go off.

Sheila

Women are like tea bags, we don't know how strong we are until we were thrown into hot water. Eleanore Roosevelt Diagnosed ADH Feb 2005, ADH Sept 2006

Dx 4/27/2007, DCIS, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/7 nodesSurgery 02/12/2005 Lumpectomy (Left)Surgery 09/10/2006 Lumpectomy (Right)Hormonal Therapy 10/12/2006 TamoxifenSurgery 06/01/2007 Mastectomy (Both)
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Jul 24, 2008 05:18PM motherofbride1 wrote:

Hi All,

I had an ultra sound guided core breast biopsy done yesterday...the radiologist put in a titanium marker....my fear is that he put it there because he could tell that something was "bad" and it would be a marker for my breast surgeon....I have talked with other people and they did NOT have a marker put in when they had biopsy's....

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Jul 24, 2008 09:29PM awb wrote:

motherofthebride--it's pretty standard now to have a clip inserted during the biopsy---having one put in doesn't mean it's necessarily "bad" news---they put it there for future reference so they can find the area more easily on mammos.  If you have to have a lumpectomy or mastectomy, then it is removed, but otherwise it can remain indefintiely without a problem.

"I don't know what the future holds, but I know who holds the future"

Dx 9/5/2003, LCIS, Stage 0, 0/0 nodesSurgery 09/16/2003 Lumpectomy (Right)Hormonal Therapy 10/30/2003 TamoxifenSurgery 04/05/2005 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Both)Hormonal Therapy 02/28/2009 Evista
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Jul 24, 2008 10:27PM motherofbride1 wrote:

Thanks AWB.....I'm hoping/not hoping that I get my results tomorrow....what if it's bad and I can't do anything until next week (then I have to go all weekend worrying about what is going to happen.....at least now I have the luxury of thinking that it might not be anything (but if it's nothing then I'll ease my worries quicker if I find out tomorrow)....isn't that stupid....my emotions are jumping all over the place.....I sure am glad that you all are around so that I can vent...my husband has the theory that what will be will be....good way to be when it's not you......I'll report back tomorrow....maybe before then to let go of some of my tension.....thanks, Sarah