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Topic: What r my chances: 1.5cm mass w/ abnormal border

Forum: Waiting for Test Results — Biopsy, mammogram, CAT scan, PET scan, ultrasound, or other tests.

Posted on: Feb 28, 2013 03:19PM

luvmygirls3 wrote:

MRI just confirmed 1.5 cm mass in left breast back near chest wall with irregular/abnormal border/shape (not smooth). Dr. only told me that if this thing is B9, it will be a fibroadenoma. I don't know what it will be then if it is malignent - I guess just cancer - no other fancy name?? Nothing else of concern was found in the breasts ( I do have other seemingly b9 things that have been there for a while and that I monitor with mammo & ultrasound every 6 months).

They scheduled me for an MRI-guided biopsy one week from today.

Questions: 1. What are the chances that this thing is b9 with its abnormal border/shape  - can something with abnormal border shape be B9?

2. What is the MRI biopsy like? Does it hurt?

3. what might be next steps in either situation - b9 or malignant (besides obvious trip to breast surgeon)?

Thank you

Pls. tell me anything else you know about this scenario. So not excited for this waiting game now

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Feb 28, 2013 03:32PM Scatsm wrote:

Luvmygirls,

I can't answer your first question but I did have an MRI guided biopsy after an MRI that showed a 16mm mass. The biospy was exactly like the breast MRI except that after they locate the tumor, they pull you out and stick a needle in the breast to get the tissue. You are numb so it doesnt hurt. It was somewhat shorter than the original MRI as they don't need to take all those views of the breast; just the one with the tumor.

In my case, the biopsy confirmed breast cancer and I met with the breast surgeon after that to talk about options. Because I am BRCA 2 positive, my decision was to have a BMX. It turned out the tumor was only 2 mm in size, but ER/PR/Her2neu positive so I am currently on Herceptin and Armidex.

Good luck...no matter what the outcome, you will be able to deal with it. Remember that breast cancer is very treatable.

finished treatment for Ovarian Cance,r stage 3C, in March 2012, now diagnosed with Breast Cancer...the fun never stops!

Dx 10/2012, IDC, <1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+Surgery 01/07/2013 Mastectomy (Right); Prophylactic Mastectomy (Left)Targeted Therapy 02/08/2013 HerceptinHormonal Therapy 02/14/2013 Arimidex
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Feb 28, 2013 06:00PM lizabella wrote:

Hello luv!  My favorite statistic around these parts is that 80% of biopsises come back b9.  I'd take 80% to the casino, but I sure don't playing the odds when it is in my body, and I imagine you don't either.  Irregular edges is why they want to check it out.  A fibroadenoma is what I am looking at too (like you they are checking hoping to find that that is what it is).  It is a non cancerous tumor.  From what  my doc said is that if it is a fiboadenoma it is possible it can stay and not cause any problems.  There is a type of fibroidadenoma that can be agressive too and would have to be removed even if it isn't cancerous.

To very specifically answer your question- yes, it can have irregular edges and be b9. 

I can't speak to the comfort of an MRI biopsy.  I had mine done by ultrasound and it wasn't painful.  The most uncomfortable part was having my arm over my head.  Recovery has been great.  I'm only one day out and I certainly wouldn't poke my breast with a stick, but it doesn't hurt or ache or stick.  The most painful part was when my breast was waking up after the procedure.  It would kind of twinge and let me know that it was there.  It wasn't exactly painful, just a different sensation.

Next step is waiting for results.  For me, stressing about the test has been more difficult than waiting for results.  I should have results sometime tomorrow.  Today is a much better day than yesterday. 

Long story short, the test itself doesn't suck. (I can't imagine MRI is all that different than the ultrasound version)  The people doing them know what they are doing and your conmort is important to them.  Keep busy.  Avoid googeling things to death.  Know that we are all here rooting for you.

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Feb 28, 2013 06:02PM rozem wrote:

my mass had irregular borders and was malignant - my fibroadenoma that was B9 previous to that lump showing up was not irregular, they knew it was most likely b9 but biopsied it any way.  I still dont think that is a guarantee its cancer just my experience

as for the mri guided biospsy - i had a horrible time with it, they basically have to keep you immovable for the entire time they are taking pictures, then they do the biopsy (while you are still face down) - but im claustophobic - I would ask if you could take a ativan or something before you go in if you are not good with tight/dark spaces

FEC-DH, LUMP, 25 RADS, TAMOX, BMSX with LD flap (worst surgery ever)

Dx 8/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage IIa, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+