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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: Sep 30, 2019 12:53PM - edited Sep 30, 2019 01:00PM by Photobuff

Photobuff wrote:

I am a newbie and looking for information on how long it takes to get results from a lumpectomy and axillary node dissection. I had my lumpectomy on September 24th for infiltrating ductal carcinoma, poorly differentiated and I am anxious to hear if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes. Any help on knowledge of the time frame for these test results would be greatly appreciated. I do not see the surgeon again until October 4.

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Sep 30, 2019 01:01PM OnTarget wrote:

It took a week after my BMX. My surgeon called me with the results, and then went over them again when I saw her a few weeks later.

Diagnosed at 42, Oncotype score 16, ITC in one node- considered node negative. Lost right implant to infection March 2020. Waiting to start reconstruction all over again. Dx 4/8/2019, ILC, Left, 3cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 4/23/2019, ILC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 5/15/2019 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 6/13/2019 Zoladex (goserelin) Chemotherapy 8/5/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 11/5/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Sep 30, 2019 01:04PM Photobuff wrote:

Thanks so much for the quick response. It will be a week tomorrow so perhaps I will hear something soon.

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Sep 30, 2019 01:09PM Moderators wrote:

Dear Photobuff,

Welcome to the BCO community. We are sorry for your breast cancer diagnosis but so glad that you reached out to our members for support. We hope that you will stay connected here and benefit from all the valuable information and shared experience that others can provide. There is another forum called For those who are diagnosed and waiting for results and another called Just Diagnosed. You may want to review some of their topics for other tips and helpful information. Let us know if we can help you with navigating your way around.

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Sep 30, 2019 01:13PM Yogatyme wrote:

it took 1 week to get my results.

Yogatyme Surgery 3/2/2019 Prophylactic ovary removal Dx 7/19/2019, IDC: Papillary, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/12/2019 Mastectomy: Left, Right
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Sep 30, 2019 01:13PM Photobuff wrote:

Thank you for the welcome. I think this forum will be a huge source of information from what I am reading already.


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Sep 30, 2019 01:18PM Photobuff wrote:

Wow, this forum is awesome and I appreciate all the quick responses. It is a day shy of a week since I had my lumpectomy and lymph node dissection so fingers crossed I hear in the next day or so. As I am sure you all know, I am anxious to hear the results as I have been told the outcome of the lymph nodes being positive or not will trigger more aggressive therapy. I am told radiation is a definite but if lymph nodes are positive I will have to have chemo as well.

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Sep 30, 2019 03:43PM MassGirl55 wrote:

Hi Photobuff,

I'm just starting this journey, diagnosed today with DCIS and "something" in the right breast. Just jumping in to wish you luck and I hope results are soon...the waiting and not knowing is so stressful.

Dx 9/26/2019, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 10/30/2019 Surgery
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Sep 30, 2019 04:23PM Scrafgal wrote:

Photobuff, While you are waiting for your results, you might enjoy the beautiful photos from some of our members. Here is one of my favorite threads to visit: A Retreat for Peaceful Contemplation....assuming you are a photo buff!

Best wishes to you on your journey with treatment.

Dx 12/2016, IDC, Right, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/7 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/6/2017 Mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant, Tissue expander placement Chemotherapy 3/22/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Chemotherapy 6/15/2017 FAC Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 10/13/2017 Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting, Silicone implant Surgery 5/9/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting, Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Surgery 10/16/2018 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo Surgery 5/9/2019 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 9/6/2019 Reconstruction (right): Nipple tattoo
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Sep 30, 2019 08:01PM AliceBastable wrote:

Node involvement does not necessarily mean chemo. That would depend on your oncotype score. I had micromets in one node and my MO was getting ready to order a port placement when the oncotype score came back. It was 17, so I did not need chemo after all. I think it's three nodes or under for the "not necessarily chemo" thinking. My radiation changed from a projected 22 sessions to 33, with the axilla and clavicle also getting zapped.

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Cancer's a bitch, but I'm a bigger one with more practice. Dx 5/2018, ILC/IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 1/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/11/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Surgery 8/8/2018 Radiation Therapy 10/29/2018 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Oct 1, 2019 04:58AM HopeWins wrote:

5 days after lumpectomy but 12 days after bmx and snb, (including Labor Day holiday) for me. The waiting is brutal. I think it varies with 2w being on the long side.

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Oct 1, 2019 12:17PM ctmbsikia wrote:

Alice, Hi! I am also a 17 oncotype and 1 micromet.

I feel for you all waiting. I had 2 sentinel nodes tested during my surgery. With the 1st one being positive, they took a 2nd and that one was negative so no auxiliary nodes were taken out and they told me this as soon as I woke up. I suppose if the aux nodes had to go, then I would have waited for pathology. If it gets too much and you can't wait to the 4th, call them. Wishing you luck!

Dx 12/14/2017, DCIS/IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 1/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/16/2018, LCIS, Right Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/10/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 6/25/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Oct 4, 2019 03:56AM Photobuff wrote:

Thank you so much. I wish you all the best on your journey as well. Stay positive, stay strong and know that there is definitely a ton of women here backing you. I see the surgeon today so fingers and toes are crossed for negative lymph nodes.

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Oct 4, 2019 04:01AM Photobuff wrote:

Thank you so much. I did try to call but the pathology was not ready, however, I do see the surgeon today so praying the lymph nodes are negative. The biopsy showed equivocal HER-2/neu so they were not really sure and are waiting for the pathology on the larger lumpectomy specimen which should tell the tale. I think the waiting is the hardest part. I would rather know where I am going with this and hopefully I will today. I truly appreciate your support and I am overwhelmed by all the women who are willing to share their journey with me.

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Oct 4, 2019 01:02PM MassGirl55 wrote:

Good luck Photobuff. I was just diagnosed with DCIS (left) and ALH (right). I meet with the surgeon on Tuesday and the following Monday with a surgeon from a different hospital for a 2nd opinion. The current plan is DCIS surgery, radiation and meds. For the ALH there will only be surgery. I'm not crazy about radiation so fingers are crossed that I'll be a candidate for brachytherapy.

Keep us posted and I hope today was good news!

Dx 9/26/2019, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+ Surgery 10/30/2019 Surgery
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Nov 14, 2019 04:25AM Photobuff wrote:

I am sorry I am just responding now, MassGirl55. Thank you for the well wishes and I would like to wish you luck as well. I have had my lumpectomy and unfortunately lymph nodes were not obtained despite and axillary dissection which was apparently highly unusual. Instead of going back in and doing more invasive surgery a CT was done of breast, chest and pelvis to see if there were any enlarged lymph nodes. News from this was good. No metastatic spread to any organs and no enlarged lymph nodes. Some additional testing was done on the breast tumour to get a HER-2/neu status (called HER-2 FISH) and the results came back negative for HER-2/neu which was excellent news (no Herceptin needed). However, a Ki-67 test was done to determine how fast the cancer cells multiple and it came back high. It was decided that because of the high grade of the tumour and the Ki-67 status chemo and radiation would be necessary. I was hoping for no chemo and only rads but unfortunately that is not the best treatment option. I started chemo last Thursday and cannot believe how much this has depleted my energy. My oncology team have been amazing in the care provided and have jumped on every symptom that has occurred. The worst being a powerful brain crushing headache post treatment which they attributed to infusion being perhaps a little to fast and so will slow this down on next treatment. I hope that by now you have had your surgery and that all went well. Good luck with your treatment. Fingers crossed for you that you are a candidate for brachytherapy.

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