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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: Apr 14, 2019 11:26PM

Kjchico wrote:

Hi, I am 66 and had my biopsy two days ago. Received my final mammogram and ultrasound report when I was leaving the center. I'm just anxiously waiting for the results which were promised me for tomorrow afternoon. This is what the report said:

Left beast/axillia: 2:30 7 cm from the nipple there is a round hypoechoic mass with internal vascularity that appears to correlate with the mammographic asymmetry detailed. The mass measures 8 x 7 x 7.

Impression: Suspicious 8mm mass seen on ultrasound that likely correlates to the suspicious asymmetry within the far posterior left breast. Ultrasound guided biopsy recommended.

Bi-Rad Category 4C: High suspicion for malignancy. Tissue diagnosis is needed.

My mother had a small breast cancer at 80 and my older sister had breast cancer five years ago at the same age I am - 66.

I don’t know how this one will turn out. I keep telling myself benign because I am one of those with the mindset that nothing will happen to me.

What I wrote for the report above is confusing, not sure if it is favorable or not. At least the mass is small, I was completely unaware of it.

Help! 🤞😎




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Apr 14, 2019 11:52PM Michelle_in_cornland wrote:

We hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Best case, it is nothing. Worst case, is that it is only 8mm and easily removed. With 8mm, a lumpectomy is possible. It sounds like you may have a family history, so it is good that this was caught while small in size. As my doctor said, "get your ducks in a row." I laid out my surgery date and time, had the best surgeon, easy recovery, family support. Many women, more than 1 in 8, get breast cancer. They just don't talk about it. I was at a New Year's Eve dinner last year, and every women at my table (5), all unrelated, had went through breast cancer. They are fabulous now, but it was nice to know that I was not alone.

Live free - Oncotype 14, Take things as they come and you can do it!!! Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Radiation Therapy 10/6/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 15, 2019 12:00AM Kjchico wrote:

Thank you, Michelle! I just wish I knew “yes” or “no”. This has really caught me by surprise. I thought I was just called back for further testing because of very dense breasts. I was dumbfounded to hear I have a mass. Last year I had a great report. I guess life is full of surprises.

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Apr 15, 2019 06:55AM Ingerp wrote:

I don't think there are many of us who see it coming. Hang in there until you have a confirmed diagnosis and, if necessary, a treatment plan. You'll get out the other side.

Dx 3/11/2016, DCIS, Left, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/23/2016 Lumpectomy Surgery 4/20/2016 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 5/18/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 3/2/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 3/13/2018 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Targeted Therapy 5/18/2018 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 5/18/2018 Taxol (paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 8/20/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Apr 15, 2019 11:43AM - edited Apr 15, 2019 11:44AM by Michelle_in_cornland

Kj, we are all shocked and devastated when told that we have cancer. I have dense breasts too, and usually have call backs. I was in such disbelief, that I told the radiologist she must have read another person's report. It can be a life changing diagnosis, but not in a bad way. I take nothing for granted and appreciate everything.

Live free - Oncotype 14, Take things as they come and you can do it!!! Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Radiation Therapy 10/6/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 15, 2019 06:14PM Kjchico wrote:

Just got the call. I have very very early stage IDC. The mass is only 8mm. I knew given my age and my family history, plus the bi-rad score, I knew it was malignant. I thought just maybe she would give me good news, but I know this news is not dire. She told gave me a couple of breast surgeon names. I’ll work on making calls tomorrow. I’ll be okay!

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Apr 15, 2019 06:35PM Hannah1962 wrote:

You did great going for regular mammograms! I had a lumpectomy for a small mass similar in size to yours. Everything went easier than I expected. You may find that too. This board has been great for info and support. Take care.

Hannah

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Apr 15, 2019 06:45PM Kjchico wrote:

Thank you, Hannah. I admit, I did skip many years in getting screened; however I have been getting mammograms for the last several years. They were able to look at my mammograms going back to 2008. Question, did you have to get radiation? This is so new for me...I’ve always been the picture of health.

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Apr 16, 2019 12:07AM Michelle_in_cornland wrote:

Kj, you should visit the Lumpectomy Lounge on here. There are some very knowledgeable individuals with great ideas. My tips would be to ask your surgeon if they can enter through the areola, therefore not leaving a scar. Second, ask the surgeon if they can make you a tight bandage with over the shoulder support. It will help keep swelling down and you will heal faster. My surgeon has just done her fellowship at the University of South California in onco plastic surgery. I do not have a scar. I did have radiation, and it went pretty well. I could not sleep for a month after, but Tamoxifen fixed that. You can find me in the hormonal section, on Uplifting and Lively Messages, where I comment pretty frequently. We have all been what you are about to go through.

Live free - Oncotype 14, Take things as they come and you can do it!!! Dx 8/8/2016, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/29/2016 Radiation Therapy 10/6/2016 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 2/15/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Prophylactic ovary removal
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Apr 16, 2019 12:23AM - edited Apr 16, 2019 01:40AM by Kjchico

Thank you! I will look for you. 😀

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Apr 16, 2019 12:52AM Elephant wrote:

Hi Kj: I also had very early stage IDC with a small mass. Recovery from the lumpectomy was very quick and easy. This was followed by 4 weeks of radiation where I had no side effects except that I started getting a little pink after the end of the treatment. The important first step is to connect with a surgeon that you feel comfortable with and take each step at a time.

Dx 11/5/2018, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 12/16/2018 Lumpectomy: Left Radiation Therapy 2/19/2019 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 4/14/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Apr 16, 2019 01:39AM Kjchico wrote:

Thank you! Very encouraging. I am optimistic that I will have a similar experience. I appreciate you sharing this information. 👍

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