Having my first biopsy today. Nervous as hell!
I'm 43. I had my first mammogram in Nov 2019 and it came back fine. Said I had fibroglandular breasts, not dense breasts.
I was supposed to have my 2nd mammogram in Nov 2020, but the hospital had a huge hack and they were unable to do mammograms for a few months. It was rescheduled to Feb 2021. But then I broke my ankle and I rescheduled to May 2021. So I just had that on Wednesday and I got the note in my chart that I had to come back in for a followup mammogram and ultrasound. I was so nervous. Luckily they got me in on Friday(2 days later). But after that ultrasound they said they wanted to do a biopsy. I am having that done today. I go between being fine with it and crying.
My regular mammogram last week said I had a "focal asymmetry at 9:00" on the left breast. The ultrasound results said "The lower inner quadrant of the left breast was scanned with ultrasound utilizing grayscale, Doppler and real-time technique. There is an island of echogenic fibroglandular tissue at the 9:00 position, 8 cm out from the nipple which may correlate with the mammographic developing asymmetry."
I was pretty nervous when the doctor came in after the ultrasound and talked to me. She did say the same thing happened to her and it was fine (but does she say that to everyone to put them at ease?). I also remember her saying something like she expected this to come back benign or normal, or something like that. I wish I could have recorded what she said so i could replay it and pick apart her words. I have no real history of breast cancer in my family. My father's aunt had it when she was 75ish, so theres that. My mom has had 2 biopsies. One i think they drained fluid from a cyst. I feel like they did that on the spot though. Another time, more recently they had her come back for a followup mammogram, then an ultrasound, then a biopsy, and after all that they just said "you have dense breast tissue"...but my mammogram letter says I dont have dense breasts, so I am unsure that it could be that. Do breasts get denser as you get older? Anyways, I am nervous. Any words of advice would be appreciated.
Also, the hospital said I will get a results letter in my online chart probably within 24 hours, from the lab. But that it takes an additional 2-3 days for the doctor to review the findings and for them to call me. Would you look at the results when they first come in? Or wait for the doctor to explain it? On one hand, I could eliminate days of worry by checking early. but then I would have no idea on a treatment plan if I needed one....I am leaning towards reading the results ASAP. At least I can come to terms with bad news if there is some before I get a phone call.