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Topic: Punch biopsy today, worried they won't find whats wrong

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Posted on: Feb 19, 2021 10:21AM

BA22 wrote:

Hey everyone! A little background info: I'm 26 years old, no kids, never been pregnant. A few weeks ago I noticed my nipple was chapped and was "brushing" it with my hand to get the skin off and saw that I had bloody discharge coming from one duct. This concerned me because ~1.5 years ago I had orange/brown non-spontaneous discharge from that same nipple/duct and ended up having an ultrasound that led to them saying they did not know what it was. Well this time, an ultrasound also showed no signs of worry but they had me see a breast cancer surgeon because of the bloody discharge. The doctor could not express the discharge from my breast at the appointment but when further looking at my nipples noticed how different the one with discharge was and that it was a lot more dry than the other one. She wondered if it was Paget's Disease and so today I got a punch biopsy to see if that is what's happening.

When talking to her today she mentioned that my nipple today looks more like dermatitis, which is fine, I would rather have that outcome than any other. However, when I asked about the bloody discharge from a single duct on one side she mentioned that it could just be from an older infection, trauma, etc. But why would I be experiencing this kind of discharge from almost 2 years and now it is bloody? I just am worried that the pathology for pagets will come back normal and then I'm back to square one. Part of me also thinks that I'm worrying more because my mom had breast cancer (BRCA negative). Anyways, does anyone have any experience or advice with this kind of thing? If my pathology report is negative should I just leave it at that? Any info or stories would be really appreciated.

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Feb 21, 2021 01:57AM tntnsd wrote:

Hi BA22,

Just want to warm welcome and give you some cyber hugs. (I have daughters who are in 20s too, and I can’t imagine that if one of them have to go through what you are going through). Wish that I know the knowledge to ease your worry.

With regarding to what to do if you are not still completely satisfied with doctors findings, explains; you can always push or seek for second opinions.

Dx 12/29/2020, DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes Surgery 2/2/2021 Mastectomy: Left
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Feb 21, 2021 10:52AM BA22 wrote:

tntnsd Thanks for your welcome! I will for sure be pushing for me if pathology report comes back normal.

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Feb 22, 2021 12:11AM LivinLife wrote:

Welcome BA22! Hopefully you hear back on the biopsy in the next few days or at least the next week so at least you have some concretes to work from.... This waiting is so difficult! Please let us know ok?

Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Feb 24, 2021 03:44PM BA22 wrote:

I peeked at my chart today which said "There are large ducts in keeping with breast tissue and overlying skin. GMS special stain is negative for fungal forms. CK7 was positive within ducts only. There is no atypia." Does anyone know what CK7+ means? I have heard it is a marker for tumors but am getting no where with definitive answers and research on my own.

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Feb 24, 2021 04:05PM MinusTwo wrote:

sorry - no idea. When do you meet with your doctor?

2/15/11 BMX-DCIS 2SNB clear-TEs; 9/15/11-410gummies; 3/20/13 recurrance-5.5cm,mets to lymphs, Stage IIIB IDC ER/PRneg,HER2+; TCH/Perjeta/Neulasta x6; ALND 9/24/13 1/18 nodes 4.5cm; AC chemo 10/30/13 x3; herceptin again; Rads Feb2014
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12 hours ago LivinLife wrote:

I don't know either... Same question as MinusTwo - when do you talk with the doc next? Try to stay away from Google and Bing - sounds like I'm too late : ) If you need to do more "research" stick with this site. It may be out of context b/c you don't know your situation yet though the information will likely be more accurate....?

Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/30/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right

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