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Topic: Small cluster microcalcifications

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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 10, 2019 12:42PM - edited Feb 10, 2019 12:43PM by sagelady

sagelady wrote:

Mammo every year. Small (3-4) spots in one cluster. Haf cluster for the last 2 years. This year a couple more in that area. I'm 60 years old. And TOTALLY FREAKED OUT!! I go for stereotactic bx tomorrow. Not worried about the procedure... just the results. They said they will place a marker, is this because they feel it is cancer?

I am totally beside myself with fear. Anybody had an increase in numbers in their cluster and it was benign?

Any positive stories would be a comfort

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Feb 10, 2019 12:52PM Wigging2000 wrote:

Hello Sagelady!

Welcome! The biopsy clip is only to mark the spot so they will know that is the area that has been studied when you have your future mammograms. It does not mean that they think it is cancer. I had a biopsy for microcalcifications come back benign. They were “new” so hadn’t changed or grown but the doctor didn’t like the way they presented. As I said they ended up being benign. At the mammogram one year later there was no concern at all in that area. Most biopsies do come back benign. Hoping that yours will too! Hopefully you’ll get results quickly and be able to move on from this. I know that it is very scary to wait for tests and test results. Just remember that the odds are in your favor!

Hugs!



Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 10, 2019 01:09PM GreenHarbor wrote:

Hi Sagelady! I spent 2 years getting mammograms every six months for 3 calcifications, like you. At the first one, the radiologist said that he would be watching to see if they change shape or multiply. He said he is concerned when it becomes a cluster of 6-10 of them. To echo what wigging2000 said, the titanium clip just marks the spot. If it turns out to benign, it will show up at future mammograms to show that the area has been observed and already checked out. You'll see by my signature that I was diagnosed last summer with breast cancer. It was on the other side, ironically. The odds are in your favor; something like 80% of biopsies are negative. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! Check back and update us when you can.

Dx 7/5/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018
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Feb 11, 2019 09:32AM sagelady wrote:

thank you wigging and green harbor...you got me through the night. Went for bx this morning. Procedure wasn’t bad at all. Staff were very reassuring. In fact the nurse in with me had a bx a couple of days ago and is waiting results for new cluster microcars.how she can even work waiting for results is beyond me! Tech that took my post procedure pics said 85-90% of these come back fine. And she was there through the procedure and was looking at my mammo pics through the whole procedure for mammo set up for the bx.

Now the wait begins.i know them looking at pics is not diagnostic. But made me feel better. Starting tomorrow, I’m sure my heart will stop with every phone call. I’ve already gone to the worse case scenario over and over in my mind. Anxiety over test results has always been a huge problem for me. Because of past history in myself and family, I come by it honestly. Have actually been diagnosed with PTSD for anxiety related to test results.


Thank you all for your kind support. I spend my time glued to this site looking for positive outcomes. ( better than Dr Google ) LO

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Feb 11, 2019 10:08AM GreenHarbor wrote:

It’s good to hear from you, sagelady. Glad to hear that things went smoothly. I hope you have support from those around you as you wait for results. Hugs!

Dx 7/5/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018
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Feb 11, 2019 02:18PM RowWellandLive wrote:

Hi sagelady while you are waiting I have a positive story that may give you comfort. I had a biopsy for micro calcifications in 2005 that were benign. 5 years later I had a second biopsy for more calcifications near that same area. Of course I freaked too! Turned out to be benign again, Hooray!! So try not to worry too much the odds are in your favor.

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Feb 11, 2019 02:29PM sagelady wrote:

thank you rowwelland live.... your story has given great comfort💕I will bookmark and re-read when the anxiety creeps up waiting for the phone to ring.😊

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Feb 11, 2019 04:02PM Wigging2000 wrote:

I am so glad your procedure went well and that it is over!!! I hope you get those results very soon so you can move on from this! We are here for you!

Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 11, 2019 04:13PM sagelady wrote:

Thank you wigging.... what a wonderful group of supportive friends. Couldn’t get through this with out all of you💕

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Feb 12, 2019 09:08AM sagelady wrote:

So as I wait for " the phone call", here is what goes through my mind. Would they all sooner if it was benign or if it was malignant? The longer I go without a phone call is this a bad sign? What is the normal time frame for getting results if they are negative?

As you can see, my mind is playing all kinds of scenerios. I am a hot mess !

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Feb 12, 2019 10:16AM Wigging2000 wrote:

Did they give you a timeframe on when to expect results? If not, I would call and ask...yes...I am an anxious worried waiter too!

They are not going to call any sooner or later with a result...it’ll be when whoever it is that has your results gets around to it, sadly. I will tell you that I waited over the weekend for a benign result and about 24 hrs for a cancer result. But who knows why that happened. I also pretty much knew on the cancer result beforehand.

Hang in there. I would call and ask when you can expect results if you don’t know that info already.


Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 12, 2019 10:29AM sagelady wrote:

Thanks Wigging... they said usually 24-48, but at least be by the end of the week.

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Feb 13, 2019 11:07AM sagelady wrote:

Had my stereotactic biopsy on Monday morning. It's now Wed afternoon. I haven't heard anything. Does this mean they are doing further testing? The tech told me ( I think) 24-48 hours. " you will definitely have them by the end of the week". so now it's been 53 hours and I'm already going to the dark side !

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Feb 13, 2019 11:33AM Wigging2000 wrote:

Sagelady-no, it’s very unlikely that they are doing additional testing. I think you should call. Don’t go to the dark side!


Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 13, 2019 11:50AM sagelady wrote:

Oh Wiggins... you are such a comfort to me right now. I don't think I can call. Just to paralyzed with fear. Is Monday to wed afternoon unreasonable for a benign result. Has anybody here waited more than 2 working days for a result?

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Feb 13, 2019 12:03PM Wigging2000 wrote:

it’s not an unreasonable wait. I’m just an anxious person and HATE that trapped feeling of waiting for a phone call.

Remember...most biopsies are benign!


Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 13, 2019 12:07PM - edited Feb 13, 2019 12:08PM by sagelady

Thanks wiggin (((hugs))) for being sooo supportive !!

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Feb 13, 2019 12:26PM GreenHarbor wrote:

The waiting is the absolute worst part! Monday to Wednesday isn’t unreasonable. I know you’re scared, but I wonder if you’d feel better if you try calling yourself, maybe with a family member or good friend there to hold your hand? Whatever happens, there is lots of support on this site. Sending a big hug! <3

Dx 7/5/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018
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Feb 13, 2019 01:14PM - edited Feb 13, 2019 03:53PM by pegasus68

I was told 3-5 business days for the result of my stereotactic biospy for 'new' but suspicious calcifications - which means I may not have answers for a week! So I'm right there waiting with you. Hugs and best wishes that all comes back normal for you!

Incidentally, in an unrelated benign biopsy from the other breast last year, it looks like pathology report was completed in 2 days but I think my dr waited to call me until the radiologist had also looked at the pathology report and indicated that they agreed the pathology report was 'concordant' with what they saw on imaging (so it took me a week to get my results that time, too).

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Feb 13, 2019 01:31PM sagelady wrote:

thanks greenharbor and Pegasus ... I took a Xanax so not vibrating so bad right now. I figure I’ll give it until tomorrow after work. Then see how I feel about calling. I’m torn between wanting answers and not wanting to know.

I keep reminding myself everybody seems to think most of these are benign. Hoping I’m lucky at gambling LOL. Being 60 not sure how that plays into cluster micros. Maybe that lowers my benign chances. Guess I’ll find out soon enough.


Thanks everyone here... I am so happy I found such a knowledgeable supportive site. Simply by chance. Googling of course. But now I stay off google and just lurk here

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Feb 13, 2019 01:35PM sagelady wrote:

oh and Pegasus... 🙏 for your benign results as well. Maybe it’s a sign of good luck that we found each other. My other sign on and the name of a business I had and the name of my dune buggy are Pegasus. Also took a drug Pegasus for hep c from a childhood blood transfusion,... it cured it ! So if you believe in omens maybe this is one

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Feb 13, 2019 01:38PM sagelady wrote:

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Feb 13, 2019 02:46PM pegasus68 wrote:

Yes sagelady, I do think it is a good omen! For both of us! Thanks for sharing. And I LOVE the dune buggy! :-)

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Feb 13, 2019 06:25PM RowWellandLive wrote:

sagelady I too am a nervous wreck worrying waiter when it comes to results. Just call them in the morning. I bugged my nurse navigator and they got my results back to me quickly. Recently I had another scary scan, not breast related, and I made sure to let the nurse at my Dr office know to call me ASAP when results came in. It's OK to be a pest!!

Good luck and make sure to keep us posted. You too pegasus.

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Feb 14, 2019 07:32AM sagelady wrote:

well got my results DCIS. Have to go for an excisions biopsy/ lumpectomy what ever you want to call it. And I’m not sure what else.

Not the news I wanted.... but it is what it is

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Feb 14, 2019 11:25AM Wigging2000 wrote:

sagelady-

Well I am very glad that you have results but very sorry to hear that they have found DCIS. I had DCIS along with IDC and LCIS. It is so good that they found it so early for you. There is a whole topic board here on DCIS and you will learn so much there. I hope they get your procedure scheduled quickly. There is also a topic board for surgery. I joined the monthly support group for when my surgery was scheduled and those ladies were/are amazing.

One thing you know is...you are not alone! There are so many of us here who know what you are going through. Stay off google and stay right here...we are a smart group here!!!!

Sending gentle hugs-

Wigging


Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 14, 2019 12:26PM sagelady wrote:

thanks Wiggins... they said by bx it was very small. Stage 0. But this mean they May find IDC/LDIS like you when they do the lumpectomy? Have me something else to think about

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Feb 14, 2019 12:55PM Wigging2000 wrote:

oh man I didn’t mean to scare you! My DCIS/LCIS was found after the IDC. It showed up on an MRI. My IDC was the thing found on mammogram/first biopsy...I had a 1cm mass. You don’t have a mass. I had a mass in addition to all the DCIS around it. So sorry to have scared you! I know you don’t need more worry than you already have.


Dx 10/31/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 11/30/2018 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx 12/6/2018, LCIS/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, 0/1 nodes Surgery 12/6/2018 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Feb 14, 2019 02:31PM pegasus68 wrote:

Oh sagelady, I'm sorry they found DCIS - but I'm also glad it is not worse. I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers as you move forward with your treatment. Hugs!!!

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Feb 14, 2019 03:17PM GreenHarbor wrote:

Sagelady, I also had DCIS along with my IDC. (I didn’t know about the DCIS until the full pathology report was back.) I know this isn’t result you were hoping for. In a weird way, I felt better once I met with my surgeon and my oncologist- I at least knew what the plan was. Wigging is right about Dr Google. Remember that we are here for you if you need us!

Dx 7/5/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 8/22/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Hormonal Therapy 9/14/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/1/2018
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Feb 14, 2019 04:42PM sagelady wrote:

did you get your results yet Pegasus? 🙏🙏🙏 for B9

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