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Jun 12, 2008 06:04AM
I had my baseline in Feb. and had my stereotactic biopsy for a cluster of calcifications the next day (they had an opening, I took it). I barely had time to research anything by the time I got my results. My mammo wasn't too bad, considering all the horror stories I've heard. However, I really don't know how I made it thru the biopsy. It happened so quickly I didn't know 100% how stereotactic worked, which was probably a good thing bc I'm terrified of needles.
Unfortuantely, my cluster was directly behind my nipple, so everything I had done had to be numbed twice etc. bc the nipple is extra sensitive.
Luckily, my radiologist called late Friday so I wouldn't have to wait over the weekend. I was dx w/DCIS, ductal carcinoma in situ. Ofcourse, I was shocked, and tried not to initially panic. Once I got on the computer and researched, w/in a couple of hours my anxiety had lessoned. Everything I found said, "non life threatening and non invasive" two things you want to hear. Just know that "in situ" is a good thing. It means "in place", which means the cancer is not invasive. Some docs think of DCIS as pre-cancerous. In fact, my ob-gyn kept insisting I didn't have cancer.
Anyway, having DCIS in one spot in your breast is good, as opposed to multiple sites. I can only speak @ my situation, having one site (long story, other concerns arouse thru out the consultations process). Since you had stereotactic biopsies, I assume there was not a lump? The first breast specialist I saw for a consult describe the calcifications (which looked like grains of sand) as seeds, not yet opened or clustered enough to form a lump.
Try not to read or research too much, as that will heighten your already heightened anxiety. I know it's hard to sit and wait, but I didn't research anything until I knew for sure what I was up against. For me, it worked. While I waited, I worked and kept myself busy w/ my children. If it's DCIS in one site, you should have the luxury of time to get other opinions and make an informed decision. Take advantage of the time, rather than rushing into something.
Good luck w/all of your results. I never knew how strong a person I was until this happened, my husband, too.
2/8/2008, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+