Jan 18, 2009 12:17AM anianiau wrote:
This is scarey territory. Take deep breath, joanmac52, then do the follow up your MD has set up.
What should lyou expect? My guess is that you will have a lot of decision making to do, as soon as you know what you are dealing with. Sounds as though you have a single mass, so an excisional biopsy would give you a definitive answer to the question, Is this cancer? Other biopsy methods can miss the target, so if you are given a choice, you may want to request the excisional biopsy.
When you go to the appointment that is being set up with your surgeon, TALK with him/her! You'll get his/her best effort on your behalf if you ask for the reasons behind the recommendations being made.
I suggest bringing along a significant other to the surgical consultation. That person could be your husband, friend, sister, whoever you know will be level-headed enough to handle the job of listening, taking notes, and asking questions you may not have thought to ask. Yes, you should make the decisions, but that doesn't mean you can't have help.
Of course you are scared! You can ask you MD for anti-anxiety meds if you think that would help.
Whatever you decide, know that you have come to a very good place for support and information. Women who have traveled your path--whatever it may be--know the inside scoop on how to handle day to day issues. (I think the registration shows about 44,000 women and some men, as well, are registered users.) The research threads are good places to search for expert information from the MDs and clinicians.
You can go to the chat rooms as well as the discussion boards, for real-time contact with other users. I wish you the best of outcomes. Please let people know how you fare.
Hugs & aloha.