Waiting for my biopsy - possibility of third breast cancer
I had my first breast cancer diagnosed 12/2007. I had a lumpectomy and radiation. As part of my follow up, I alternated between mammogram and ultrasound and MRI every six months. All was good until 12/2015 - almost 8 years to the date - when there was a non mass enhancement near the lumpectomy site on my MRI. I had a biopsy which was normal but the doctors thought the results were discordant so I had an MRI guided biopsy in January 2016. They found a tiny cancer. My surgeon had left the area and I was on the hunt for a new surgeon and found someone recommended on this site. He was the breast cancer surgery chief at a major hospital and he recommended another lumpectomy (I know, totally unorthodox). My company was sold and I was scared of losing my job so I did not seek a second opinion. I had a lumpectomy with IORT. I also got Herceptin for a year and I have been on Arimidex for 8 years. Fast forward 8 years to 12/2023 and again I have an MRI report that reads almost exactly like my 12/2015 report and I am due for another MRI guided biopsy. This will be my third breast cancer if a malignancy is found. I am older now so things will be harder than they would have been 8 years ago. My last oncologist and surgeon left the area so I really don't have a team in place (I do have a new oncologist but I don't really feel that I am known). I really am not looking forward to doing this all again. My sister had breast cancer a year after my first occurrence and hers never recurred. Was I meant to have cancer again or was it the treatment I received? I was called back after my July mammogram and had more slides plus an ultrasound. They thought they saw something then but the radiologist then thought it was scar tissue. Well, looks like they were wrong and 6 months passed needlessly.