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Topic: My biopsy wasn't what I hoped for

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For members not diagnosed with breast cancer, but waiting for test results:  Biopsy, mammogram, ultrasound, or other screening tests. Waiting is VERY difficult but remember...

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Posted on: Feb 27, 2018 01:37PM

maggs3 wrote:

Hi everybody.

Had my Category 4 breast biopsy today. The surgeon today me, he really didn't feel it was a true Category 4, more of a Category 3 but we just really are being cautious. (Whew, that felt great), as well as his technician, she said, 'Don't worry, you don't have cancer', so before it began, I had my deceased dad's rosary beads clutched in my hands and I felt a bit hopeful. Now let's get it done...first needle went in, nothing happened. THe Dr. said, "Gee, I thought this would collapse for sure, let's go for needle # 2, we'll get it". So, needle #2 goes in, again, nothing happens. He then explains that there must be some very thick fluid in my breast or some solidity because he's not getting any fluid. He explains he's going to use something like a vacuum to go in and get some tissue which will then be sent to the pathologist for his results. Because I get pain injections monthly for my Fibro, I can only say it was a bit uncomfortable however I'm really used to injections so it was nothing I'm not used to feeling. And he really pushed and pushed to get that tissue out and he did, FINALLY!! At last we were finished. It took over an hour. Everyone was really great, we actually talked about the sunshine and flowers beginning to bloom, I held back my tears! As he was completing paperwork, I asked him honestly what his thoughts were and he said his thoughts were it is benign but of course we must wait for the pathologist report. I asked why we just can't go in and remove it anyway? He said we really don't do that for a cyst, and that would come further down the road if we found it was more than just the cyst.

So, that's it! Right now I'm not in pain because he used a lot of the numbing agent, but I am very bruised. Guess I do the waiting game now and see. Don't know how I really feel. I had a gut feeling it would not collapse, I just knew that going in. He mentioned that word, is it Fibrodenema? That he thought it was that? Is that an okay thing? Sorry for all the questions.

Thanks again everybody, you've been better than great!!

Patty

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Feb 27, 2018 02:33PM momto3sons wrote:

I'm so sorry it was such a tough biopsy! It sounds like yours took even longer than my MRI biopsy.

Keep us posted on your results - prayers for benign findings!

Carolyn, mom to 3 sons - ADH, intraductal papillomas 3/1/18 Surgery 2/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Right
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Feb 27, 2018 02:42PM marie5890 wrote:

Fibroendenomas are common and completely B9.


Jan '11 Biopsy Dx-ed a PASH tumor (rare, but benign tumor)....All I ask is for peace and serenity to the depths of my soul. Makes the rest of life more live-able.
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Feb 27, 2018 04:57PM maggs3 wrote:

I hope that's it, just thought I was too old!

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Feb 28, 2018 07:23AM maggs3 wrote:

Momto3sons!

You had a tough one, I just read how sick you got! Sending you hugs and hope you are feeling better each day. Prayers for you as well!!

We will get through this, oh yes we will!!!

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Feb 28, 2018 07:57AM momto3sons wrote:

Thanks maggs3! Luckily the nausea was much better the day after my surgery.

I'm still not so patiently waiting on biopsy results...the worst part!

Carolyn, mom to 3 sons - ADH, intraductal papillomas 3/1/18 Surgery 2/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Right
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Feb 28, 2018 09:57AM maggs3 wrote:

Gee, I hope I don't have a long wait. I can barely focus at work today. I'm hanging onto the doctor's words, I feel it's benign, that's all I can do, right? But if it's not, I will put one foot in front of the other and focus on each day as it comes. Tomorrow my first born, (my son) turns 35, i am remembering that day with a smile and focusing on that!! I called my Doctor's office and they told me the Pathologist will make the call, really? How cold is that? So, someone I've never met will call and give me the results and say good-bye, have a nice day? I regret not giving them my PCP's number to call, at least I know everyone there so well, but the Pathologist's office? Sounds rather impersonal to me, yet isn't it all? I'm blabbering, so sorry!!!!

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Feb 28, 2018 10:02AM bew66 wrote:

Maggs, at the facility I use, the receptionist/scheduler is the one who phones with pathology report.Β  We don't even rate a medical professional.

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Feb 28, 2018 11:05AM Veeder14 wrote:

I hope you don't have a long wait. I had to wait 12 days and they wouldn't give me the results on the phone. I had to drive to the hospital about 2 hours away for an app't with a nurse practioner.

Dx 1/2/2018, ILC, Left, <1cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 1/25/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/7/2018 Hormonal Therapy 6/30/2018
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Feb 28, 2018 02:28PM maggs3 wrote:

Oh I'm sure I will have the secretary as well, they just said that office will call. You know, once the doctor was finished, and he was extremely nice, he just said well Pat, have a very good day, I'm off to see someone else now, take good care, Bye! And in a blink, he was gone. I'm sure they see so many in a day and see so much that to make it personal would be so hard for them to do, but gee, you just did something so invasive, well to me it was, tell me I'm going to be okay, or pat me on the head or do something!! But, then that would make their job so incredibly hard, wouldn't it? At least there is a site like this where we can make each other feel important and not just a number and that we are someone who matters!!! I am praying for all of us now in my daily prayers and I feel great doing so!!!

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Mar 4, 2018 06:20AM beach2beach wrote:

Any news?

Dx 7/28/2017, LCIS/DCIS/ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/8/2017 Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Hormonal Therapy 9/12/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 5, 2018 06:52AM maggs3 wrote:

Thanks so much for asking....nothing yet! I am going insane. The Radiologist said 4 days which will bring it to tomorrow, but I'm thinking if it wasn't anything, they would know by now., right? I'm at work and can't focus, my stomach is so anxious and I"m thinking dark thoughts at this point. Ugh, this is crazy!!! I will let you know ASAP!! Maybe I'll call my Primary Care to see if he can get any news for me!!

Have a great day!! Are you waiting results as well??

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Mar 5, 2018 06:56AM sheila888 wrote:

Hi maggs...you know you can walk in where you had the biopsy and ask for a copy of your results unless it's nod ready yet.

Good luck

Sheila

Sheilaβ™₯ Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/21/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/13/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery
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Mar 5, 2018 07:20AM maggs3 wrote:

Sheila!

Do you mean the biopsy results from Tuesday? I can go get them? Oh my gosh...whoa!! I think I will, I just called the hospital and my Pathology results are not back yet, and she doesn't suspect them back until Wednesday, so I think I will go and get my report from Tuesday's biopsy. Thank you but oh I'm so scared!! Going to call now and get them after work. Won't read it until I get home...

Thank you so much for the information....Hug

Patty

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Mar 5, 2018 03:50PM sheila888 wrote:

Yes maggs it's your right as a patient...Since I'm on these boards I learned a lot...πŸ˜€

You're welcome and good luck .

I check here again on Wednesday.

Big Hugs to you.....πŸ’™

Sheila

Sheilaβ™₯ Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/21/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/13/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery
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Mar 6, 2018 06:16AM maggs3 wrote:

Hi Sheila!

I got my Biopsy report from the Radiologist and all it says is what he did that day, the two needle aspiration and then the vacuum. The word, "cancer" is never mentioned under suspicion or anything else. He referred to it as a Complex Cyst and at the very end he ended it with, "waiting for pathology report" and that was it. So, I will sit and wait for that pathology report and until then try to take my mind off of it. I see my PCP today and will discuss things with him, due to the stress my Fibro is way out of control and the pain is so intense so I need to focus on that for a bit, I need a long vacation!!

Thank you so much again!

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Mar 6, 2018 10:15AM maggs3 wrote:

Hi everyone!

Well, I finally received my Pathologist report and I am happy to say that it was benign. I have Fibroedenema., which I actually thought I was too old for, but I'll accept it. They are suggesting I keep the remaining part of the cyst and just following through with the ultrasound and mammogram in June, but I would rather take it out and be done with it. What are your thoughts? I've had a lump there in my 20's which had to be removed, same breast, now this, to me I'd feel better to have whatever is there taken out and for now relax this it's gone.

Anyway, thank you all so much for making these past two weeks so informative for me, I could NOT have gone through this without you all!

Patty I am praying for you all in my daily prayers!!!

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Mar 6, 2018 02:36PM sheila888 wrote:

Maggs that's a wonderful news...I'm soooo happy for you.

Now go relax and have a wonderful life without the beast.

Sending Hugs from NY πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Sheila πŸ˜€

Sheilaβ™₯ Dx 4/8/2005, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Dx 8/21/2015, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/13/2015 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right Surgery
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Mar 11, 2018 09:21AM maggs3 wrote:

Thanks so much Sheila! I go tomorrow to see my Doctor because the Radiologist left some there and I just can't understand why it can't be removed even though it's B9. It hurts, it's been there since 2015 and it grew!! Let's get it out!! I had a lump in that same breast when I was 23, they are calling this one Fibroendonoma. So, we'll see what she tells me. Thanks for your hugs!! In the brief time here, I connected to so many...you share so many emotions here, it helped through the waiting process so much!!!

Sending hugs to everyone here!!!!!

Patty

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Mar 12, 2018 04:00PM maggs3 wrote:

Just when I thought I was safe!!

My Ob-Gyn went over my biopsy results today and guess there was some concern but thank goodness it was B9 with a name! Then she went on to say evidently my pap from last March was somehow never reviewed, never reached her, so she just reviewed ittoday and it showed an abnormality from last year that was never addressed!! She was upset but not too worried. Had another one today and now face yet another 3-4 week wait on that which may result in yet another biopsy! I give up!!! Calgon you know what to do!!!!

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Mar 12, 2018 04:21PM Egads007 wrote:

hang in there Maggs...within a month of completing chemo, lumpectomy, rads and on to tamoxifen, I started bleeding...determined to be fibroids after D&C 3 months later..whew. Within a month of that I started getting blood in my bowel movements...ulcerative colitis and plenty of polyp remivals over the last 3 years...all waiting for results. After getting control of that my mammogram last week showed focal asymmetry so I’m on to more diagnostics and waiting. It sucks totally but we can do this! We have to because we’re worth it! Keep us posted please! Hugs

"I base all my fashion choices on what doesn't itch" (Gilda Radner) Chemotherapy 3/20/2013 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 8/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Mar 13, 2018 09:24AM maggs3 wrote:

Oh my goodness and here I was complaining! You need hugs too! I just cannot believe this test result sat somewhere for one year with no one seeing it, that just infuriates me. Hopefully, whatever this is it will be treated in time. We women are strong aren't we? God gives us the strength to get through even when we think we can't!

You hand in there and I will keep you in my prayers!!!

Patty

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Mar 16, 2018 08:45PM Egads007 wrote:

Hey Maggs hoping you’re keeping your chin up and that the weekend is peaceful for you!!

"I base all my fashion choices on what doesn't itch" (Gilda Radner) Chemotherapy 3/20/2013 Doxil (doxorubicin), Taxol (paclitaxel) Surgery 8/23/2013 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Right Radiation Therapy 11/1/2013 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Dx IDC, 4cm, Stage IIB, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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