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Topic: An MRI after mammogram saved my life!

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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 7, 2020 04:00PM - edited Sep 7, 2020 04:01PM by Kendrafly

Kendrafly wrote:

I see a lot of articles about MRI. I have to share my story. In May 2017, at the age of 40, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my right breast after having a mammogram. Thankfully, my Breast Surgeon ordered an MRI of BOTH breasts before her first appointment with me and the MRI discovered breast cancer also in my left breast that the mammogram did not see. The MRI ordered by my surgeon saved my life.

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Sep 7, 2020 04:28PM Ladyc2020 wrote:

Technology is amazing! Great to hear this worked for you. 💕 My mammo didn’t pick up anything at all... so yeah... I’m a fan of ultrasounds and MRIs now.

Dx 8/6/2020, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Hormonal Therapy 8/21/2020 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 9/18/2020 Lumpectomy: Left Dx 9/23/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
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Sep 7, 2020 09:18PM Olma61 wrote:

MRI is very important for women with dense breasts. With dense breasts, we should have MRI done even if nothing is found on routine mammo.

I will add...my Mets would not have been found without the breast MRI I had at diagnosis and I would have been treated as early stage at the start, which might have led to further progression down the line.

10/30/2017 Xgeva for bone mets 5/31/2018 Taxol finished! "If one just keeps on walking, everything will be all right” - Kierkegaard Dx 8/3/2017, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IV, metastasized to bone, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2+ (IHC) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Perjeta (pertuzumab) Targeted Therapy 10/28/2017 Herceptin (trastuzumab) Chemotherapy 10/30/2017 Taxol (paclitaxel) Hormonal Therapy 5/14/2018 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 5/30/2019 External: Bone
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Sep 25, 2020 06:08PM Lilir wrote:

OMG!!! So glad u posted this. I was just diagnosed with breast CA on right thanks to MRI. Mammogram did not see it. Ultrasound thought it was a cyst. They also found a mass in my left breast. Biopsy Wednesday. No results yet. Interned says only 2% of patients develop bilateral breast CA. Any data you have ran into? I am 49

Dx 9/21/2020, IDC, Right, <1cm, Grade 1, ER+/PR+, HER2- (FISH) Dx 9/25/2020, LCIS, Left, 1cm
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Sep 25, 2020 06:15PM wallycat wrote:

I had mammograms for nearly a decade and never flagged for anything. A gut feel and a 3-night-sequence of dreams convinced me to push getting better diagnostics. Ultrasound showed nothing. MRI picked it up right away. My breast surgeon said I saved my life. He'd never even consider I had cancer by looking at the mammos and ultrasounds...and I had no lump. None. Lobular cancer is sneaky that way. I was just a month shy of turning 50.

Dx 4/07 1 month before turning 50; ILC 1.8cm, ER+/PR+, HER2 neg., Stage 1, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes. Onco score 20, Bilateral Mast., tamoxifen 3-1/2 years, arimidex-completed 4/20/2012
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Sep 26, 2020 07:32AM Mountainlover wrote:

A routine mammogram caught a mass in my left breast. BS requested MRI, turned out I had 4 millimetric masses. Without the MRI they would have done a lumpectomy , which probably wouldn't have removed all the cancer, although it was all in the same area. I also had dense breast.

Dx at 47, IDC/DCIS, tubular, multifocal Dx 6/10/2020, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 6/10/2020, IDC: Tubular, Left, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 7/13/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Reconstruction (left): Tissue expander placement Hormonal Therapy 7/23/2020 Femara (letrozole)

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