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Topic: Bad experience with US guided biopsy.

Forum: Waiting for Test Results —

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: Dec 4, 2019 10:50AM

dysonsphere wrote:

I had Birads 5 Ultrasound yesterday. Today I went in for the biopsy of mass in breast and a lymph node. Everything I've read and people who had them say that it's not painful. True, it's not painful in the normal sense like a sharp pain. But it was incredibly uncomfortable! I've had surgeries and a cesarean and this was by far the worst medical experience I've had. There was so much pressure, feeling the core needle being moved around and then the clip being placed after the loud sounds. All together was a terrible experience. Also, after I thought it was all done and I had mammogram done, they determined they needed to biopsy another spot and I had to go through the torture again. Now, the waiting starts. Sorry, I just needed to vent!

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/5/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/16/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 4, 2019 11:04AM magiclight wrote:

dyson...I so agree, it was terrible I decided to never have another one, hence the double mastectomy.

Surgery 4/26/2015 Mastectomy: Left, Right Dx IDC, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1 Surgery
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Dec 4, 2019 11:28AM jessie123 wrote:

I wonder if they didn't numb your breast enough. I had two biopsies at separate hospitals and didn't feel a thing. However, it took the first radiologist so much time to get the sample he had to numb the breast again before he could continue the procedure.

Dx 11/2018, LCIS/ILC, Left, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/21/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Radiation Therapy 4/14/2019 Whole-breast: Breast
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Dec 4, 2019 12:32PM Bejeweled wrote:

I'm sorry the experience was so awful. I didn't really feel pain or a large amount of pressure, but I definitely felt like the sounds were a little jarring, although my radiologist gave me warning ahead of time so it wasn't as bad. I did have a pseudoaneurysm as a result of the procedure and had to endure very uncomfortable compression on the breast for almost 2 hours before it clotted. So, I would say I didn't feel like it was as easy, breezy as some people have described for me either.

But, thankfully, it's over and hopefully you will never need to do another one. Now on to hoping for good results after what you've already had to deal with. Best of luck to you!

Dx 8/27/2019, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2+ (FISH) Surgery 10/28/2019 Lumpectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left); Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 12/4/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Targeted Therapy 1/29/2020 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Radiation Therapy 5/13/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 7/1/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy
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Dec 5, 2019 06:16AM gb2115 wrote:

Sorry you had a bad experience. My core needle ultraound biopsy was fine, but the MRI biopsy was painful. I don't think I was adequately numbed, they took the needle right through my nipple area to get to the other side of my breast, and couldn't stop the bleeding for an hour. I ended up with a very large hematoma. It was most unpleasant.

It's so hard that we all have to go through this. I hope your second biopsy is better!

Dx IDC in October 2016, stage 2A, 1.2 cm ER/PR+ Her2-, Grade 2, 1/3 nodes. Mammaprint low risk luminal A, Lumpectomy + radiation + tamoxifen. Age 38 at diagnosis.
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Dec 5, 2019 07:36AM - edited Dec 5, 2019 07:37AM by Oceanbum

I'm sorry you had such a bad experience, dysonsphere. I agree with gb2115. My MRI biopsy was by far the worst. I had an ultrasound guided needle core biopsy first for the mass on my right breast. Then a stereotactic guided core biopsy on the microcalcifications in my right breast along my chest wall. Then after my first diagnosis 2 weeks later I had an MRI guided vacuum biopsy on a mass and another biopsy on a group of nodules in my left breast. I'm glad I did them in the order I did. The ultrasound was not easy, but it was the easiest for me. The stereotactic was a little worse. It was mainly the gymnastics I had to do to try to get the angle they needed to get to my chest wall. I ended up with my arm and shoulder along with my breast through the hole in the table. I'm lucky I didn't end up falling off the table all together! Lol Then the MRI was the worst. I had 2 sites they were doing biopsies on so once it felt like everything was over and done, they started again on the other site. The worst part of all of it is the mammogram afterwards to make sure the clips are in place. So uncomfortable and unpleasant.

I wish you luck and I'm praying for you. And it's ok to vent. We all have to do it every now and then! Sending hugs to you!

Becky ~ "Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths." Surgery 11/2/2000 Dx 3/6/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 10/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/15/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 12/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/7/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant
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Dec 5, 2019 09:56AM dysonsphere wrote:

Thanks for the replies! I'm feeling a little better today. I went to work and made it all day without crying or even telling anyone that I'm waiting for the worst call in my life. My close friends know. I did cry the minute I walked outside. Mainly because for a short period of time I was so busy that I FORGOT that I have a 95% chance of having cancer. I forgot that my life is most likely changed forever. I forgot that my time with my precious little boy may be shortened. And then I cried like a baby on my drive home. I'm back to normal now, but I wish I knew when that flood of emotion was going to come!

Age 50 at Dx, 11/20 abnormal Mammo, 12/2 Ultra sound, 12/3 Biopsy,12/31/19 Started treatment at MD Anderson , 1/9/2020 Node biopsy, malignant 1/13/2020 Genetic Test negative 2/6 Started 16 cycles of chemo (completed 6/18) Dx 12/10/2019, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IIA, Grade 2, 5/27 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/5/2020 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 7/16/2020 Lumpectomy: Right
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Dec 5, 2019 12:29PM Oceanbum wrote:

The waiting is so hard. Once you know what you're dealing with and have a plan of action things start moving along quickly. But until then the waiting, the fear of the unknown and the worry is unbearable.

Sending you prayers and hugs.

Becky ~ "Sometimes we're tested not to show our weaknesses, but to discover our strengths." Surgery 11/2/2000 Dx 3/6/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2+ Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 4/21/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 4/21/2017 Carboplatin (Paraplatin), Taxotere (docetaxel) Surgery 9/5/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 9/25/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Targeted Therapy 10/3/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Surgery 12/15/2017 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant Surgery 4/20/2018 Reconstruction (left): Fat grafting; Reconstruction (right): Fat grafting Hormonal Therapy 12/6/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 6/7/2019 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (right): Silicone implant

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