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May 5, 2019 05:08PM
I'm 19 years out and still have anxiety over my mammograms. I take an anxiety pill when I go, whichhelps.
One question for you, does your doctor write your mammogram orders as screening or diagnostic? My OB/GYN always wrote them as screening and I'd wait several stressful days for results. A few years ago, I bypassed my OB/GYN and went right to my surgeon for a new lump (ended up being a benign cyst). He got me in at the imaging center that day, and wrote my mammogram orders as diagnostic. I was shocked when they had me wait after doing the imaging and they gave me the results THAT day, in person.
I mentioned to the breast nurse who gave me my results that I loved how they now read the images and gave me immediate results. She told me it was because the doctor ordered the mammogram as diagnostic, they always read the diagnostic images in depth immediately.
Now I have ALL of my mammogram orders written as diagnostic so I get immediate results. This doesn't alleviate all of the stress, but helps a LOT.
First Dx at 27 years old in 1999, 2nd Dx 2018, 3rd Dx 2019... Current Oncotype: 26
12/7/1999, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/22/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
1/31/2000 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
2/1/2000 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
8/24/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
9/7/2018, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
5/31/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
8/5/2019 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
9/5/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)