Diagnosed ... but why didnt I ask these questions?!
I so appreciate this site and my pathology workbook! My cancer and confusion … not so much.
07/2021 Had a clear mammogram (heterogeneously dense breasts) and physician exam.
12/2021 Identified a lump in left breast. Super lumpy breasts so only identified when lying down.
Mammogram report: 5.0x2.5x1.3 cm
Ultrasound: may be two tumors
hypoechoic lobular mass, mildly vascular with non-circumscribed margins and a tail-like extension extending to within 10 mm of the nipple,
radiologist verbally said did not see anything in lymph nodes but nothing in report
Pathology: DCIS, ER/PR positive (strong), no invasive carcinoma identified so no HER2 testing
DCIS involves ducts and an intraductal papilloma
Both Breast MRIs – scheduled February (but may get in earlier if cancellation)
I was encouraged to make surgeon appointments immediately and assembling my question list from articles and posts on forum.
Wish I asked these questions when my doc called me with results but I am a delayed thinker! Will take them to surgeon but appreciate any insights (or prompts for more things I should explore)
1. Kind of freaked by speed and size of tumor(s). Do you ever know if it is fast growing or just hidden by dense breasts?
2. Why did they not look at right breast to confirm nothing there? (MRI will be both breasts)
3. How do we tell if in lymph nodes – just the ultrasound view is enough?
4. I am thinking my B cup and tumor size means mastectomy. I love gravel biking and swimming and worried about losing strength. Do I just ask surgeon best surgery for cancer removal AND muscle retention?
Thanks. Appreciate having you on this journey.