Jan 9, 2021 04:46PM Beesie wrote:
GreenOutdoors, welcome! But sorry you've had to join us.
To your questions, "How common is multi focal breast cancer along with synchronous bilateral breast cancer?" From what I've read, about 2% of patients are found to have synchronous bilateral breast cancer. Multi-focal along with synchronous bilateral breast cancer? That would obviously be less than the 2%. How much less, I don't know - I don't know if having tumors in both breasts makes it more likely to have more than one tumor in each or either breast.
"Everything looks very small, so would I still be stage 1 after surgery if no lymph nodes are involved?" Yes, if each tumor is small, you could still be Stage I. Staging is based on the largest sized tumor, not on the cumulative total size.
And yes, your biopsy could be benign. Many of us have biopsies done on the contralateral breast after our initial diagnosis but prior to surgery. I am one of those who did. I don't think the odds of finding cancer are any higher than they would be for any other biopsy - mine was benign. On average BI-RADs 4 biopsies have about a 75% chance of being benign, although of course the range within BI-RADs 4 is very wide, from >2% to 95%.
Good luck with the biopsies. Hopefully you do get benign results.