Posted on: Aug 4, 2007 02:18PM
Peaches70 wrote:Had a follow-up mammo and MRI yesterday at Einstein in Philly. (This being 6 months after a biopsy which found LCIS) The good news is that this is a great facility with an awesome high resolution digital mammo (didn't even have to hold my breath). The disturbing news is that a "new" area of concern showed up. It may be new or may be due to the better technology. Either way, I'll be going for my fourth biopsy, third this year. They should give frequent flier miles for this.
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Aug 5, 2007 07:08AM leaf wrote:I am so sorry you are going through this, Peaches70.
Aug 21, 2007 09:09AM Peaches70 wrote:
Had the stereotactic biopsy today. I'm so glad it's over, but wish I had the results already. Also wish that the table was designed better for someone with neck problems. By the time I was finished, my whole neck and jaw were in spasm. It took me 15 minutes for the pain to start subsiding. The novacaine and the needle-punch were nothing compared to that pain. To make it even more uncomfortable, at first I was positioned where I could see a reflection of my boob hanging under the table. I could not imagine watching the procedure! (I asked to switch position before it was too late.)Apparently I bled more this time. Good thing I didn't watch. I'm really lousy about my own blood. I'm such a wimp. Now I'm sitting here looking very flat due to the Ace bandage around my chest. And no swimming until...well, I guess I'm done for the summer since I have another surgical procedure (on my thigh) scheduled next week. All this rambling is just covering up my anxiety. The place where the new microcalcifications were spotted also happened to be slightly sore and had a little thickening that I could feel. Oh, my poor boob!
Aug 21, 2007 11:42AM awb wrote:Did they say when they would have the results for you? I wish they would use a table like the massage therapists do with the cut-out for your face, so you wouldn't have to keep your head turned to one side for so long (I feel your pain as I have neck problems too). Maybe an ice pack and ibuprophen will help--have any muscle relaxers on hand? You would think in this age of high technology, they could make it more comfortable. You know you'll be in my thoughts and prayers for good results.
Aug 21, 2007 12:24PM Peaches70 wrote:Last time she called me two days later. I recently learned that two women I know go to the same BS. One of them said she was able to wait in the office while the biopsy was messengers down to the lab. She had her results in a few hours. I was hoping that would be the case, but she had a full schedule today.
Aug 21, 2007 09:27PM leaf wrote:I am so sorry you are going through this. I know all this is just covering up anxiety about your results. I hated the dripping too.
Aug 22, 2007 02:28AM lvtwoqlt wrote:I agree with the comfortable factor for the stero table. I have had 3 stero biopsies in the past 3 years, the first time nothing was given to calm me and I was tingley numb from my head down my spine down my legs. I also had problems bleeding with the first one, the other two were not as bad, valium is wonderful. The last time I told the technicians and doctor that I was looking for Bill Murray to walk through the door. The first two times was ADH the last time DCIS.
Aug 22, 2007 08:17AM Peaches70 wrote:
Oh, Sheila, how awful. I guess she wanted you to have someone there, but just that question gave the news away. I remember being stunned when she called me last time because I didn't expect to hear so soon, and after 5 PM. My first thought was "Oh, no", but she just wanted to check on me. She told me it was more of the same as the previous year, but then when I went to the office a few days later, she told me about the LCIS and needing to have an excisional biopsy. It must be difficult to find the best way to let you know the results - either way - without making you even more anxious.
Aug 22, 2007 09:12AM lvtwoqlt wrote:The thing is I was at work, but on Friday afternoons I am the only person on the first floor, I am switchboard operator work 8-5 m-f rest of department works 7-5 m-th 7-11 Friday. I shut down the switchboard, called husband on cell phone and cried on him, then went to third floor and cried on a shoulder for 10 minutes, then called my mom (6 yr survivor)and cried on her. I think I cried about 30 minutes or more. Though I had a feeling that something was not right at my mammo when the radiologist sent the cancer nurse out to discuss when I had surgery last and which side it was on. (Sept 06 right) She said that it was additional micro-calcifications in the same area as my last lumpectomy for ADH.
Aug 22, 2007 09:38AM lvtwoqlt wrote:I was lucky, my final biopsy showed no DCIS remaining but ADH and Ductal Hyperplaysia in both breasts. It would have been a matter of time before the cancer would have reared it's ugly head again maybe even worse than DCIS. I decided I was not going to give it a second chance.
Aug 22, 2007 02:00PM Indigoblue wrote:
Aug 22, 2007 02:25PM leaf wrote:
Is it me, or are these digital mammograms excrutiating and painful...
Aug 24, 2007 04:12AM Peaches70 wrote:
Well, it looks like it will be a long weekend. I never heard anything yesterday. I called this morning. The BS is in surgery all day, and in any event, the results did not come back yet. I see her Monday morning, so I guess I can wait until then. Just wish I didn't.
Aug 24, 2007 05:22AM - edited Mar 19, 2008 09:47AM by TenderIsOurMightPeaches,
Aug 24, 2007 06:10AM Peaches70 wrote:
Thanks for your thought. I did tell the person who answered (who is new, unfortunately, and doesn't quite get it) that I really hoped I wouldn't have to go through the weekend without knowing. She said she would leave a message, but reiterated that the doctor was in surgery all day. She also checked to see if the office had my report and said it wasn't there. I am hoping that the doctor gets the message and that the biopsy was actually sent to that hospital. (The previous ones all did.) If so, she might be able to get the report there and call. She is usually so good about this. I was surprised that I didn't get a call yesterday. There is a chance, however, that she might have sent this biopsy to the hospital in Philadelphia that did my last mammo, since she considers it so "cutting edge". If so, that might be the delay. I will try one more time, then just try to put it out of my mind until Monday.
Aug 24, 2007 08:05AM leaf wrote:Sounds like you have a good 'plan of action'. I bet that feels better than just waiting there, unable to have any input. Maybe at least you'll be able to find out if they sent the results to Philly.
Aug 25, 2007 06:43AM awb wrote:Peaches--I swear, sometimes I think the waiting and the fear of the unknown is worse than the disease itself. The results of my stereotactic biopsy and my excisional biopsy both took 7 to 8 days; I had to wait 5 weeks total before I knew my ovarian cysts were not cancerous for sure. All 3 times, I tried to keep life as normal as possible for my family by just going about our daily routines, school, work, etc.... interspersed with a great deal of prayer!!!! It kept me calm and centered. My next MRI is coming up in about 2 weeks and I'm already feeling new bumps and lumps and imagining the worst. I hope and pray you get good news soon.
Aug 26, 2007 07:40PM Indigoblue wrote:December 15, 2005 surgery, biopsy, snl and nuke stuff, sick from the anesthstetic, and a hemaotma at least 10 cm, growing larger, while a seroma developing in the armpit was also getting larger by the minute. Forced to attend Christmas, reluctantly, I went via surgeon's thought it would ease my mind...right...pain on the 9 hour drive, feeling like hell and having anxiety attacks as I wondered what the "lesions and nodes" would find. Had to wait until after the holidays. That time was horrifying and unexpectantly miserable. Thought I'd know about the biopsy the same day, if not the next 2 or 3 days...it took 2 weeks, and I resisted calling the surgeon. My breast felt like it was going to explode, I wanted to go home, and meanwhile everyone had an attitude: "how dare you have cancer?","why is your speech slurred?", why are you sleeping, crying, falling apart at the seams?". The surgeon seemed to give me a lecture on fearless courage, and was telling me I was lucky to have found the l.7 cm tumore; which grew from 1.- in less than 2 weeks.
Aug 27, 2007 04:09AM leaf wrote:No one should have to go through what you went through Indigoblue. No one is in your shoes. How dare they presume what sort of attitude you should have. Our feelings need to be respected, no matter what they are.
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