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Feb 25, 2012 10:37PM
Hi, everyone. This is all very helpful.
gumshoe; bcisnofun: I think your two posts just prove that it is different for each individual, and whether or not one has dense breasts seems to be an important issue. I don't know if I have dense breasts but I assume not, since I had umpty ump biopsies prior to menopause because something always seemed to be showing up in the screening mammogram. Until this last one, the biopsy results were always benign.
Good for you, gumshoe, that you were at least aware enough to ask about the MRI. I didn't think of it, didn't even know that one used MRI's for breast screening, so when I had my mammogram and calcifications showed in the right breast and no one mentioned anything about the left I thought everything on the left was fine. Weird, because I had always thought that if I got cancer it would be in the left, since that's the one that has strange pains and sensations that no doctor has ever been able to explain.
akmom: I feel for you trying to avoid radiation. I too worried about the fact that if cancer came back I couldn't do radiation a second time. My med onc suggested that doing the radiation now was "paying forward", but the best question came from the RO who said you have been diligently getting mammograms for 30 years, and now that it shows cancer you're going to do nothing? Well, of course if you've done biopsy/lumpectomy it's not exactly nothing, but I did think he had a point since the radiation would reduce the recurrence probability considerably. Anyway, if you have dense breasts and your pathology shows a lot of stuff, it seems like it would make sense for you to have an MRI so that you have more info before committing to anything. I hope you can get what you need in the Canadian system.
Yes, you're right - I am a Brit originally, although Scottish not English. It's the "jolly good" that gives it away, right? :)
bgirl: it's got to be tough on you to wait until May for the next MRI. I'll hold you in my thoughts for patience in waiting and for a good outcome when May rolls around. Thanks too for sharing that rads are doable. I'm a bit worried about the effect on the skin, having read some horror stories on other sites, so I just love to hear that you coped.
Outfield: your point about there being no "unnecessary" biopsies does make sense. I certainly don't regret any of the many biopsies I had in my 30's and 40's although the results were all benign. This time I never thought about a further evaluation of my left breast til I started reading posts on this site, then I realized that I had taken it for granted that everything was hunky dory on the left as all the docs focused on the right. Whatever else it proves to be, this cancer diagnosis is proving a real learning experience - first lesson, never assume anything!
Blessings to all of you for taking time to share your experience and knowledge.
A woman of valor - seek her out, for she is to be valued above rubies. Proverbs 31, 10
12/27/2011, DCIS, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+