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Topic: Had my biopsy this morning

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: Jun 4, 2020 11:21AM

Fitmom04 wrote:

Well I had my biopsy this morning. And the technician did an ultrasound first and the lump did not look the same as it did two weeks ago. Two weeks ago it looked more like a jelly bean. But today it was not oval, it didn't really have a shape, it had like a tentacle going in one direction, and it was round on the other side either. And there was some white shadowing underneath it and inside wasn't clear like last time, it had like a white film and at the bottom looked like a small whiter something. The radiologist even said they thought it was a cyst, but when he punctured it with the needle, it didn't collapse. So totally unsure as to what it could be. But we know it's not a cyst for sure. Now the wait again argh!!!!! Any advice or ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


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Jun 4, 2020 01:04PM Moderators wrote:

Thinking of you Fitmom, while you wait. We're all here for you!

Please keep us posted on the results.

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Jun 4, 2020 04:58PM Fitmom04 wrote:

thank you and I definitely will.

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Jun 4, 2020 06:38PM AliceBastable wrote:

Are you comparing it to an earlier ultrasound or a different test?

Endometrial cancer 2010, basal cell multiples, breast cancer 2018, kidney cancer 2018. Boring. 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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Jun 4, 2020 07:14PM Fitmom04 wrote:

an ultrasound I had on May 27th.

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Jun 4, 2020 07:29PM MelissaDallas wrote:

So you are comparing what you personallysaw on the screens both times?

LCIS, extensive sclerosing adenosis, TAH/BSO & partial omentectomy for mucinous borderline ovarian tumor.
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Jun 4, 2020 07:40PM - edited Jun 4, 2020 07:41PM by Fitmom04

yes I am

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Jun 4, 2020 10:20PM jcp wrote:

Fitmom04, ok so from May 27 to June 4. So they wanted another ultrasound? I will pray for you definitely. So when did the radiologist give you a new report today in writing? What's next, a biopsy? Hang in there! JCP

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Jun 4, 2020 11:17PM Fitmom04 wrote:

They did the biopsy this morning. Before the radiologist came in to do it, the technician did a quick ultrasound. And while he was doing the biopsy, he said we thought it was a cyst but he said it isn’t since when he punctured it, it didn’t disappear.

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Jun 4, 2020 11:25PM Jons_girl wrote:

I hate the waiting. So understand that. We are here for you.

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jun 5, 2020 03:36AM jcp wrote:

Fitmom04, once you know more, you will probably feel better bc you have control. It is super tough waiting. I'm trying to get my results tomorrow from Ct scan for lung thoracic area. Anyway, I will keep you in prayer right now for good news. JCP

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Jun 8, 2020 09:14PM Fitmom04 wrote:

yes waiting is horrible. I am so scared and my husband keep telling me to be positive since I don't know anything but it is hard.

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Jun 8, 2020 09:32PM berries wrote:

Thinking of you! Keep us posted. We are here for you <3


Dx 8/6/2019, DCIS/IDC, Left, 5cm, Stage IB, Grade 1, 4/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/18/2019 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (right) Chemotherapy 10/24/2019 AC + T (Taxol) Surgery 2/17/2020 Reconstruction (left): Silicone implant Radiation Therapy 3/30/2020 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes Chemotherapy 4/29/2020 Xeloda (capecitabine) Hormonal Therapy 5/7/2020 Arimidex (anastrozole)
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Jun 9, 2020 12:40AM Jons_girl wrote:

Yes my mind was frazzled while I waited. I remember that. Will you get results this wk? Did they tell you when results would be back? My biopsy results I got back I think in two working days(days of the wk)

We are here for you

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jun 9, 2020 08:39AM Fitmom04 wrote:

they told me the results would take 1-2 weeks. But I remember my mom got her in a few days and that was years ago.

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Jun 10, 2020 05:52AM - edited Jun 10, 2020 05:53AM by jcp

fitmomo4 That is so long to have to wait. You could call oncologist after 2 days if you are comfortable enough to do so. Prayers for you. JCP

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Jun 10, 2020 07:20AM hray1993 wrote:

when I had my biopsy I was told it could take up to a week for results. I didn’t wait. I called them all day long on day 3 until someone called me back and told me my results. I never listen when they tell me how long results should take. I just call and pester them till they get tired of me and finally give me my results

Diagnosed at age 26 with no family history and no genetic mutations. Cancer doesn’t have an age. 5% ER+, 20% PR+, HER2-. Treating like triple negative Dx 12/19/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Chemotherapy 2/13/2020 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 10, 2020 11:31AM Jons_girl wrote:

hray: yes I am sort of the same way....squeaky wheel. =)

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jun 11, 2020 01:46PM Fitmom04 wrote:

I finally got a hold of my nurse practitioner and she said the tests aren't finalized yet. It says atypical papillary lesion but more tests are being done. So not really answers. Going to camp for the weekend to get away and hopefully stop the chatter in my brain.

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Jun 11, 2020 01:48PM Fitmom04 wrote:

I finally got a hold of my nurse practitioner and she said the tests aren't finalized yet. It says atypical papillary lesion but more tests are being done. So not really answers. Going to camp for the weekend to get away and hopefully stop the chatter in my brain.

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Jun 11, 2020 04:33PM Jons_girl wrote:

That is good you are getting away....hope you have a good weekend. We are here for support! Thank you for the update! I don't know what a atypical pappillary lesion is but maybe someone here will know what that means.

Breast cancer at age 49. Felt tumor. Wasn’t caught on mammo even after feeling tumor. Ultrasound caught my cancer. Dx 6/2017, IDC, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Surgery 7/5/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel
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Jun 11, 2020 04:50PM - edited Jun 11, 2020 04:52PM by Beesie

Fitmom, with atypical lesions, usually an excisional biopsy (a surgical biopsy) is recommended to remove the entire mass, to confirm the diagnosis and that nothing more serious is lurking. So assuming the final needle biopsy assessment remains an "atypical papillary lesion", be prepared for that recommendation.

But if an excisional biopsy is recommended, don't take it to mean that they think that there is cancer present. They don't. This is just standard procedure for atypical lesions and is done to confirm the benign finding from the needle biopsy.

Enjoy your weekend! I'm sure the diversion will be welcome

“No power so effectually robs the mind of all its powers of acting and reasoning as fear.” Edmund Burke
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Jun 12, 2020 11:05AM Fitmom04 wrote:

Thank you Beesie, good to know.

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Jun 15, 2020 09:06PM Marcar1 wrote:

Hi! I had my biopsies today. Two core needle biopsies in the same breast, same quadrant. They did ultra sound first on me, too, to see the areas. They said results within 3 days. Going to be a loooong 3 days. I have to say it was very painful and I am pretty tough. I have RA and used to pain. Very bruised and swollen, hard to the touch tonight. Best of luck to you.

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Jun 16, 2020 03:14AM jcp wrote:

Marcar and fitmom , prayers for both of you! JCP

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Jun 16, 2020 09:07AM Fitmom04 wrote:

thank you everyone. Tomorrow is the day. Praying for good results.

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Jun 17, 2020 10:15AM Fitmom04 wrote:

had my appointment this morning. Still showing atypical papillary lesion. They will remove it for further testing. So now waiting for that.

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Jun 18, 2020 07:00PM obsolete wrote:

Hello FitMom, just chiming in to wish you the best and to send you a hug. Waiting & waiting is the worst, but the following may bring you some peace of mind during the interim.

https://www.archivesofpathology.org/doi/full/10.58...

"There is variability in criteria used for the diagnosis of IDP with atypia, both in practice and in the literature.10 However, we refer to IDPs with foci of architectural and cytologic atypia that quantitatively and qualitatively fail to fulfill criteria for the diagnosis of DCIS as papilloma with atypia or atypical papilloma; this diagnosis is equivalent to that of atypical ductal hyperplasia elsewhere in the breast. Typically, the IDP exhibits focal solid or cribriform epithelial expansion of small (<0.3 cm) size and composed of small, monotonous epithelial cells. Foci of atypia are negative for high–molecular-weight cytokeratin (CK) 5/6 and diffusely positive for estrogen receptor (ER) via immunohistochemical (IHC) staining. An example of IDP with atypia and corresponding CK5/6 IHC is shown in Figure 2, A through C."

"Atypical papilloma may be difficult to distinguish from IDP with florid UDH. Histologic features establishing atypia are identical to those required for diagnosis elsewhere in the breast and may include focal, solid or cribriform architecture and cytologic monotony. However, florid UDH within an IDP may exhibit increased cell size and reactive changes that can be worrisome for atypia. In this setting, IHC may be helpful in establishing the diagnosis of atypia because these lesions have negative staining for CK5/6 and have strong, diffuse positive staining for ER. In contrast, UDH stains strongly positive with CK5/6 and, typically, is less strongly ER positive. However, it is important to note that columnar cell alteration (columnar cell change/hyperplasia) and apocrine metaplasia, which are commonly seen in IDPs, are also negative for CK5/6 and thus may be a pitfall in stain interpretation.22,23 Figure 7, A through D, shows a case with areas of IDP with both UDH and atypia and the corresponding CK5/6 staining."

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Jun 18, 2020 08:46PM Ursulapeace54 wrote:

it’s very hard NOT knowing, especially after several visits. I had 2 3-D mammograms. Followed by a diagnostic mammogram, followed by an ultrasound, followed by a core needle biopsy a clip and other “ gentle” biopsy to make sure the clip is in the right places. This entailed several visits over a period of 3 weeks. Two different breast surgeons ( I assume that’s what they are but they are breast specialists) said they are very confident I have fatty tumor. Quite small. The biopsy was 2 days ago. Wouldn’t you know it but I missed the call today from yet another doctor at the breast center at 5 pm. By the time I reached them, they were closed! She left a message to call tomorrow! I’m terrified. If had been benign wouldn’t she say that? Do they usually not give you the results on the voice mail? Has anyone else had a similar experience?


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Jun 18, 2020 08:49PM Fitmom04 wrote:

thank you so much. Yes the waiting is horrible. When she was talking to me, I saw the report for the mammogram and the ultrasound, but when she looked at the pathology report, I got to see real quick before she lifted it so I couldn't see. All I saw was some underlined word but only read in situ, didn't get to see what was before it.

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Jun 18, 2020 08:49PM - edited Jun 18, 2020 08:50PM by Ursulapeace54

I know howdifficult “ further testing" sounds. Try to breathe and be faithful. Easy for me to say. I'm hysterical at the moment! A call back voice mail after my biopsy. No information!

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