Topic: Biopsy next week

Forum: Waiting for Test Results — We know, waiting is VERY difficult but we're here for you.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021 04:30PM

Posted on: Nov 24, 2021 04:30PM

East1234 wrote:

hi everyone. I recently just got called back after my first mammogram for a follow up mammogram and ultrasound because of focal asymmetry. I’ve heard this was common, so I wasn’t panicked until the radiologist told me she found something that is “probably” benign. She gave me a choice of a follow up ultrasound in 6 months or a biopsy. The report said there was a hypoechoic circumscribed parallel mass measuring .6 x .4 x .7 cm. She said low suspicion of malignancy, but the report said BIRAD 4. I’ve been on the crap end of statistics before, so I am pretty terrified that this is cancer. My biopsy is next week. Anyone have a similar report? I guess I just wanted to type this outloud to people who would understand. Thank you for sharing your stories <3

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Nov 24, 2021 04:39PM beaverntx wrote:

East1234, It is my understanding that a Birads 4 rating is necessary for insurance to cover the biopsy and most Birads 4 turn out benign. That said, not all are benign, of course. In your shoes, I would have opted for a biopsy now rather than waiting and wondering for six months. Hang in there, do something fun between now and next week. Here's a hug ( ) and wishes for a benign outcome. If this does not work out that way, then you have found a wonderful resource of folks who have been there, done that and are willing to share as we keep on keeping on!

Diagnosed at age 77-- Oncotype 17, dealing with this bump in the road of life!!🎆 Dx 1/24/2018, IDC, Right, 2cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 0/9 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 1/30/2018, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0 Surgery 1/30/2018 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal; Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 3/11/2018 Whole breast: Breast Surgery 6/15/2018 Hormonal Therapy 6/19/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
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Nov 24, 2021 05:04PM East1234 wrote:

thank you so much! Smile

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Nov 24, 2021 05:44PM salamandra wrote:

It's birads 4 because you told her you wanted a biopsy. If you'd told her you wanted to wait, it would've been birads 3. She has to code it birads 4 for the insurance to cover a biopsy.

Try to hang on to that "probably benign"! It's probably benign :)

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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Nov 24, 2021 05:54PM East1234 wrote:

thank you! I’m just learning that it’s coded BIRAD 4 for insurance purposes. Which is silly that insurance won’t cover biopsies for things that have a low chance of being cancer…. Because there is always a chance! How was the biopsy for you? I’m so nervous about the result that I haven’t thought about the actual procedure.

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Nov 25, 2021 11:52AM salamandra wrote:

Which is silly that insurance won't cover biopsies for things that have a low chance of being cancer

Birads 4 is a pretty low chance - I think as low as 3%.

How was the biopsy for you? I'm so nervous about the result that I haven't thought about the actual procedure.

For me it was fine. The team was supportive, explained everything, someone held my hand, it didn't take long. I wore a comfortable bra and they gave me an icepack to put in it after.

I think biopsies can be harder for someone having multiple masses done at the same time, or if it's in a particularly tricky location in the breast, or if someone in general has a hard time with medical procedures. But if none of that applies to you, I'd say it was really almost a non-event. Comparable or less annoying than a sore shoulder after a flu shot. They did tell me not to bicycle home and I had to take it easy on that side for 48 hours or something.

Good luck and let us know how it turns out!



Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)
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Nov 25, 2021 09:06PM East1234 wrote:

thank you for your comforting words. Biopsy is on Monday. I’ve had 2 c-sections, so I’m hoping the anticipation (and the wait after) is worse than the actual procedure

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Nov 25, 2021 10:53PM clematisgal wrote:

Hi everyone. I am Sandy and I am having a right breast core biopsy in five days. I have a 4mm mass in my right breast above my nipple. I am trying to stay calm. My mother died from breast cancer at the age of 57 year old. She lived only one year after being diagnosed. I am now 64 years old. Hoping for the best outcome for both of us, East 1234. We can get through this..together. I will be in touch here. Thank you all. Sandy

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Nov 25, 2021 11:08PM East1234 wrote:

hi sandy. I’m sorry to hear about your mom. If you happen to get worst case scenario news, try to remember that there have been SO many advancements in treatments. What else did your report say? My mass is 7mm, found in my first routine mamo, I turned 40 a few months ago.

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Nov 25, 2021 11:25PM East1234 wrote:

and I forgot to add, good luck with your biopsy. Sending you all of the positive thoughts

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Nov 26, 2021 01:04PM salamandra wrote:

Hi Sandy,

My mother also died from breast cancer in her mid-50s. I miss her every day. I think there is a whole other layer for those of us going through this after and without our mothers. I actually bought the plot next to hers in that week and a half wait between my malignant biopsy and my first appointment with my surgeon.

I figured I'd need it eventually anyway!

But I was lucky and my cancer is treated and hopefully will not be back anytime soon and it's looking like eventually could be a good long time :)

Wishing good news and strength to all!

Dx at 39. 1.8cm. Oncotype 9. Dx 9/19/2018, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/18/2018 Lumpectomy; Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/1/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Radiation Therapy 12/3/2018 Whole breast: Breast Hormonal Therapy 12/19/2019 Fareston (toremifene)

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