Well, I had an excisional biopsy last Monday because a papilloma was confirmed by core needle biopsy. Dilated ducts seen adjacent duct with the papilloma. They said I had a mass measuring 10mm 3cm from my nipple. I know that it was cystic with solid components per the reports. It was seen on mammogram and ultrasound. The surgeon was also concerned about a hyperpigmented area on my nipple and she took a biopsy of that during surgery. I'm expecting the final pathology report to be in this week and she said that she was going to call me with the results (even though she will be on vacation) as she doesn't want me to have to wait through the weekend to get the results.
I'm a little nervous because prior to surgery, I asked if she could just take a sample of the area on my nipple and send it to path to get a preliminary report...and if it was something that she could just take care of it at the same time. I expressed that I didn't want to have to do this all over again. The surgeons reply was, "we have to find out what this is first because if you need your nipple and areola removed you'll want plastics involved too" DANG!!
Of course, I've turned to Dr Google. Fearful of Paget's disease as other ductal cancers of the breast are typically found with it...
I was surprised with the amount of tissue she took (golf ball size), and the length of the incision! But, if it is something else (other than a papilloma) I'd rather her take more than not enough...
I'm just venting, trying hard to stay busy, fearful of what this all could possibly mean, hoping for the best but trying to prepare for the worst.
How does everyone stay optimistic while waiting for results? What are you doing to keep your mind off of everything while waiting for your results? I feel like I can't talk to my family about it anymore as they are like, "it's just a papilloma" like it's no big deal....
Thanks for listening, and thanks in advance for any replies
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