Biopsy pathology report has me confused & scared
Hi, everyone! I have read through the stickied posts and I have a call into my radiologist’s office but I’m feeling mighty panicked right now and was hoping someone else has been in my shoes and can share their experience while I am waiting for an answer.
I had a biopsy to my left breast and left armpit last week. The radiologist called me when he got preliminary results to tell me I do have cancer and there was cancer in the lymph node as well. Then I got a call from his assistant to tell me that I would be seeing oncology before the surgeon. Last night I got a notification that test results were loaded to mychart so I opened it up and it says I have metastatic breast cancer. I took this to mean I have stage iv cancer as that is what ‘metastatic’ means to me. But, I thought staging came with excision pathology and imaging. I’m terrified and confused. Someone on Reddit told me that it’s just referring to the lymph node involvement as Mets.
Has anyone else seen the term metastatic used in this way and it wasn’t stage iv?