First, thank you all for sharing your stories. I have been a mess and the posts from the members of this community have been about the only thing that have kept me from falling over the edge after a BIRADS 5 mammo/ultrasound.
I had a 3D screening mammo October 30, 2020. All clear, but I have heterogeneously dense breasts, so maybe missed?
Had a fairly large lumpy area to the armpit side of my right nipple that concerned me AND I had been having some unusual centralized chest tightness and discomfort, so I went to my general doc on August 6, 2021. She did an EKG and a few other things to check my heart (all normal) and also told me that she felt the lump could be my normal, "lumpy" breast tissue, but ordered a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound to be certain. First appointment available was September 2.
Had DX Mammo and Ultrasound. Knew something was wrong when the radiologist came in to do some ultrasound measurements herself. After discussion, she told me she had found three masses in my right breast and one in my left breast. She told me she suspected cancer and she wanted me to have core needle biopsies on all four. She was concerned that it would be too many for me to do in one day, but I have chosen to have them all done ASAP.
12-1:00 o'clock-4 mm, hypoechoic round mass, irregular margins, no vascularity
10:00 o'clock-9 mm irregular mass with indistinct, somewhat angular margins and internal vascularity;
12:00 o'clock-10 mm complex cystic and solid mass with no vascularity;
8:00 o'clock-7 mm irregular mass with indistinct margins and internal vascularity with an adjacent hard to measure area extending to 9:00 that is concerning for disease involvement.
Biopsy appointment is September 16 (as you know, waiting has been hell) with same radiologist AND ultrasound tech who did initial exam (which I'm told is ideal bc they are familiar with my findings). Radiologist will be doing this at my local hospital, but the breast care department is part of the University of Ky Markey Cancer Center which is a large, teaching and research facility, so I feel confident with the care and can easily transition to treatment there if needed.
I am terrified, of course, and very concerned about the data regarding interval cancers and new data regarding multifocal cancers often being more aggressive types. I now have a tender flattish lump over a rib on my left side, above my left breast, a couple of inches from my sternum that sometimes seems to shoot a quick pain through toward my back. I still have intermittent central chest tightness and discomfort, but have been treating it for GERD and it does seem to be getting better. Of course, in the midst of all this emotion and BIRADS 5 finding, I cannot help but worry about de novo Mets. One minute I am certain that it must be stage IV and the next, I am admonishing myself for getting ahead of things.
Have any of you had multiple core needle biopsies at the same time? Multifocal masses? I am just trying to process and prepare, so I am looking for similar experiences or just general insight. Thank you all again for your candor, your strength, and your unrelenting support of everyone else on this journey; it is truly a lifeline for so many of us
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