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Posted on: Nov 29, 2012 07:08PM

KSTeacher wrote:

My MRI showed masses on both my breast. This surprised me, because I never felt anything in my left breast only might right. I am now going for a bilateral mammogram and biopsy on Monday. What is a bilateral mammogram? How long does it take to get results for a biopsy?

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Nov 29, 2012 07:42PM profbee wrote:

Hello, Teach!  Bilateral just means both sides.  So, they'll mammogram both sides.  Will it be a needle biopsy?  In that case, they just go in with a needle--even if it's a core needle biopsy--nothing a band aid can't cover.  The doc will tell you how long...at least a few days.  But she/he may set up an appt with you to give you the results. 

Keep in mind that MRIs are VERY sensitive.  Just because it's a mass doesn't mean it's cancer.  It's so great that you're getting it all checked out, but don't worry too much about not feeling anything and having something show up on MRI. 

Best of luck!

Dx 3/2011 at 38 yrs old. 16 weeks of Taxol/Lapatinib 4/2011-8/2011, BMX with TEs 8/23/2011, 4 rounds of AC ended 11/10/11, Tamoxifin started 11/25/11, Herceptin starting 11/28/11, exchange surgery on 12/19/11. Dx 3/1/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 29, 2012 08:12PM KSTeacher wrote:

Not sure what kind of biopsy. I have already had a mammogram for both breasts and ultrasound which showed nothing. Not sure why they want another one then. Thanks for your reply.

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Nov 29, 2012 11:42PM DC197 wrote:

Hi KansasTeacher,

The original mammogram that you had was a screening mammogram.  Now that there is something suspicious,you will receive a diagnostic mammogram, which is a little different and will focus on the areas that are suspicious.  That will help them when they do the biopsy.  If they think the mass might be a cyst, they will do a fine needle biopsy, and the cyst will disolve.  If the mass is hard, they will do a core needle biopsy, which extracts a sample to be sent to pathology.  Neither biopsy is painful; they will numb the area first.  You may be a little sore afterwards, but they will probably give you an ice pack.  Hope this helps.  Good luck.

(((hugs)))

Diane

Ob-La -Di, Ob-La-Da ... life goes on ... Dx 9/20/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 12/25 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 10:15AM momof3boys wrote:

Are you having a bilateral mammogram or a bilateral MRI ?

BMX w TE reconstruction 11/11/11, 4 TC, 3/12, 25 Rads 5/12 Tamoxifin 6/12, Prophalactic hysterectomy 12/18/12, Oncotype 16 Dx 10/14/2011, ILC, 4cm, Stage IIa, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Nov 30, 2012 06:04PM KSTeacher wrote:

Its a bilateral mammogram.

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Nov 30, 2012 07:00PM sewingnut wrote:

The biopsy results usually take a couple of days. If you are having a diagnostic mammo you should know something before you leave. The radiologist talked to me before I left.

Dx 12/2010, IDC, 5cm, Stage IIIa, Grade 3, 1/7 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2+
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Nov 30, 2012 07:08PM KSTeacher wrote:

DC197, do you think they will do a biopsy then, if the mammogram shows something?

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Nov 30, 2012 10:22PM ShelMel wrote:

Hi KansasTeacher - If you're scheduled for a biopsy after the diagnostic mammo, then yes, you'll have the biopsy if they find anything suspicious.It sounds like they've already found something suspicious, so this mammo is for diagnostic purposes only, to do the biopsy.

Some places will be able to give you some preliminary results immediately. Some places don't. You can most definitely request it and see what they say.

More than 80% of findings wind up being benign. I'll be praying that yours falls in the 80% category.

Sending you hugs & prayers,

::::Life, Love, Hope, LIVE :::: mets to lungs, chest wall, sternum, liver, spleen, L5 spine Dx 10/30/2012, IDC, Stage IV, mets, ER+/PR-, HER2- Dx 9/27/2010, IDC, 1cm, Stage I, Grade 2, 0/5 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- Surgery 09/27/2010 Lumpectomy (Right) Chemotherapy 12/02/2010 Cytoxan, Taxotere Radiation Therapy 03/10/2011 External Hormonal Therapy 05/01/2011 Tamoxifen Surgery 08/24/2012 Prophylactic Ovary Removal (Right) Hormonal Therapy 12/18/2012 Arimidex Chemotherapy 01/04/2013 Adriamycin, Cytoxan, fluorouracil Chemotherapy 05/15/2013 carboplatin, Taxol Chemotherapy 07/16/2013 Halaven
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Dec 1, 2012 02:10AM DC197 wrote:

@ Kansas Teacher,

As Shelmel has said, they will probably order a biopsy.  In my case, the biopsy had to be scheduled for another day, but perhaps some places do it on the same day.  Good luck and hoping for a B9 result.

(((hugs)))

Diane

Ob-La -Di, Ob-La-Da ... life goes on ... Dx 9/20/2010, IDC, 2cm, Stage IV, Grade 2, 12/25 nodes, mets, ER+/PR+, HER2-
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Dec 1, 2012 08:48AM KSTeacher wrote:

Thank you all for your help. I recently lost a friend to bc amd am praying that mine will be b9. I will update as soon as I know anything.

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Dec 1, 2012 08:59AM auntienance wrote:

My biopsy was done the same day. The radiologist told me that the spot was suspicious but the results took a few days. Over an agonizing weekend of course. It seems like they always do.

Nancy: Oncotype score 26 Dx 6/9/2011, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ia, Grade 1, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 06/22/2011 Lumpectomy (Left); Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Radiation Therapy 07/25/2011 Internal Chemotherapy 10/03/2011 Cytoxan, Taxotere Hormonal Therapy 01/11/2012 Femara
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Dec 1, 2012 09:09AM schoolmom wrote:

I had my core needle biopsy on Tuesday and cancer diagnosis on Wednesday and saw surgeon and oncologist on Thursday.  All very fast.  Biopsy was pain free and easy for me....

Good luck with tests.

saved my hair with cold caps with oncotype 21 Dx 9/12/2012, IDC, 1cm, Stage Ib, Grade 3, 1/3 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 09/28/2012 Lumpectomy (Left) Surgery 09/28/2012 Lymph Node Removal: Sentinel Lymph Node Dissection (Left) Chemotherapy 11/05/2012 Cytoxan, Taxotere Chemotherapy 11/26/2012 Cytoxan, Taxotere Chemotherapy 12/17/2012 Cytoxan, Taxotere Radiation Therapy 01/28/2013 External, 3-D conformal external beam radiation Hormonal Therapy 03/21/2013 Arimidex Chemotherapy 01/07/2014 Cytoxan, Taxotere
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Dec 3, 2012 05:29PM profbee wrote:

Hey, Teach!  How did today go???

 Fingers are crossed for you.

Dx 3/2011 at 38 yrs old. 16 weeks of Taxol/Lapatinib 4/2011-8/2011, BMX with TEs 8/23/2011, 4 rounds of AC ended 11/10/11, Tamoxifin started 11/25/11, Herceptin starting 11/28/11, exchange surgery on 12/19/11. Dx 3/1/2011, IDC, 2cm, Stage II, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2+
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Dec 3, 2012 06:45PM , edited Dec 3, 2012 06:47PM by KSTeacher

Surgeon

The mammogram showed nothing, but the ultrasound found all the masses that the MRI found. Radiologist did not see blood flow. The lumps ranged from 5-8mm. Waiting to see if my breast cancer wants to do. Radiologist said it would be up to my dr if she wants a.biopsy. I'm thinking if there is no sign of blood flow I might wait and see. Let me know your thoughts.

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Dec 3, 2012 07:03PM marie5890 wrote:

No blood flow is a good thing Kansas Teacher. This is one of the times you are going have make a decision that is based on what is good for you, and only you can really decide that....

Some women would still want to have it biopsied. For me, also having had an MRI pre-biopsy, I had one just to determine exactly "what" it was because that was unclear. But my breast surgeon told me right of the bat that he wasnt overly concerned about it since there was no blood flow. But he, too, wanted to know "what" it was...

For me it turned out to be something called PASH. Completely B9. And normally PASH is an incidental finding, but for me it was it's own lesion. 

But at this point, since there is no blood flow, you can take a sincere deep breath and breath easier. From there, consult with your Dr, and make a desicion on what is best for you.

DO NOT READ ANYTHING INTO THE TECH'S EXPRESSION OR WHAT THE TECH SAYS. Jan '11 Biopsy Dx-ed a PASH tumor (rare, but benign tumor)....All I ask is for peace and serenity to the depths of my soul. Makes the rest of life more live-able.