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Topic: Waiting on results from stereotactic biopsy

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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...

"Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength." -- Corrie Ten Boom

Posted on: Nov 11, 2019 05:26PM

teapot75 wrote:

Hi. I'm new here, so I hope I'm doing this right! I had my annual mammogram and ultrasound a week ago today, and they found a suspicious calcification. I had a stereotactic biopsy on Friday (3 days ago). There is a history of breast cancer in my family; my mom is a survivor, she has a sister who lost her battle, and my half-sister is a survivor (we share the same dad). Everyone keeps telling me that I'll be fine, and that most calcifications are "nothing" and that I shouldn't be worrying, but I am. I'm worried about my own health, but I think I'm even more concerned about the impact this could have on other people. I haven't even told my parents because I don't think that they would manage their worry well, and I figured that there isn't any point in worrying them if there may not even be anything to worry about. I'm dealing with a lot of feelings of anxiety and sadness (I'm sure all connected to the underlying worry). I'm single, I live alone, and don't really have many people to talk to about this. I was told that the results take up to 5 business days, but since I had the biopsy on Friday afternoon, and today is holiday (Veteran's Day) my expectations for hearing anything this week are low. I'm feeling lonely in my circumstances which makes the worry even worse. I'd love to hear from anyone that has experienced anything similar.

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Nov 12, 2019 01:17AM MamaAvery wrote:

The waiting is the hardest part! My situation is not the same, but I do know how you’re feeling to a degree. I have surgery this Friday to remove a probable Fibroadenoma and check to see if it is a phyllodes tumor. I don’t share a lot about my worry because my family isn’t supportive, my husband has PTSD from his time in the Army, and my kids just don’t need the worry. I have friends, but they just brush it off with a “You're fine” and move on with whatever positive thing they can come up with. This forum is amazing for me.

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Nov 12, 2019 07:52AM jerseytc wrote:

I had my stereotactic biopsy last Thursday and got my results yesterday (Monday). After almost four weeks of worry, the calcifications turned out to be scar tissue from previous lumpectomy and radiation. I understand what you're going through and pray you have good results as most calcifications turn out to be benign. Best of luck! And for anyone reading this who is stressing out over the biopsy procedure itself, it was actually very easy, other than lying on the table for 30 minutes.

Dx 5/1/2013, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/10/2013 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel
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Nov 12, 2019 07:57AM - edited Nov 12, 2019 07:57AM by Moderators

teapot75, we're sorry you are here and waiting, but wanted to send you a big warm welcome. The waiting is the hardest part but please remember that you're not alone in this wonderful Community! Try to keep busy the next few days, to keep your mind off the waiting. Good luck with biopsy results, and please keep us posted!

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Nov 12, 2019 10:38AM emilynn wrote:

teapot75, the waiting is hard, even when they say something is probably benign our minds have a tendency to get carried away with "what if" scenarios. I hope you get your results sooner rather than later...and that everything is fine.

I had a suspicious area that turned out to be a radial scar, which is benign but they still wanted to remove it. And now I am in a cycle of 6 month screenings which result in a lot of screening, call back, biopsy, wait cycles it seems. Best of luck to you.

This community is a really supportive one...and these ladies (and gentlemen too) really understand as they have all been on this kind of journey themselves. It does really help to share here!

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Nov 12, 2019 04:55PM teapot75 wrote:

Thank you so much everyone. Just having a place to talk about this has been so incredibly helpful. I’m a planner, so I’m constantly running different scenarios through my head “if this happens, then I’ll do this...and if they say that, then I’ll do this...” I’d love to just be able to get out of my own way! Talking about it with kind people like yourselves has provided some tremendous relief as I wait. Thank you so much. I’ll be thinking of all of you and we continue to wait and watch together.

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Nov 15, 2019 01:33PM teapot75 wrote:

Hi, all. I just wanted to post again to thank you fir your support and met you know that my results came back benign. I’m very relieved. I have a follow up appointment with my doctor next week to talk about next steps in terms of monitoring for any changes. Thank you again for making me feel a part of your community right away.

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Nov 15, 2019 01:35PM teapot75 wrote:

wishing you well on today’s procedure. Thank you so much for taking time away from your own care to lend me your support. It is very much appreciated.

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Nov 15, 2019 01:47PM MamaAvery wrote:

hooray!! So glad you had benign results.

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