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Topic: Biopsy on Wednesday.. First time and extremely worried..

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Posted on: Sep 17, 2021 04:08PM

AnxiousAlways11 wrote:

Hi I’m a 36 year old.I have very dense breasts. No breast cancer in my family. Went for a mammogram and sono and they found a 0.6 cm oval hypoechoic mass with indistinct margins in the left breast. Has anyone have something like this! Is it always cancer or can it be something else?? Please someone give me some insight. I’m driving myself crazy..

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Sep 17, 2021 04:16PM moth wrote:

Hi AnxiousAlways, sorry you find yourself here. Imaging is very imperfect and they often cannot tell what they're looking at, hence the need for futher investigation.

What BIRADS score did they give it on your radiology report?

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Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Sep 17, 2021 04:21PM AnxiousAlways11 wrote:

hi thank you for responding! They gave it a 4. I have mammograms every year. And a breast exam from my dr a couple of months ago.

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Sep 17, 2021 04:45PM moth wrote:

so BIRADS 4 is benign about 70% of the time. This is the category they give to things that look a odd but they just can't tell what it is.

don't try to read meaning into what they wrote in the report - those terms are descriptive, not diagnostic. It's just radiologists speaking to each other & saying " I saw this and it looked like this" We can't tell from those words what the lesion is - hence the need for a biopsy.

The biopsy will be ok. If it's a regular ultrasound guided core biopsy , they will just inject some freezing. That should the only little pinch of pain you feel - just like dental anesthesia if you've had that. After that you won't feel pain but might feel pressure. The tool that takes the sample makes kind of a loud noise like a stapler so they sometimes count down when they're going to do it just so you aren't surprised by the noise and don't flinch. You can keep your eyes closed the whole time and just pretend you're not there. After you get a bandaid and some places give you an icepack to tuck into your bra. I went grocery shopping on the way home after one of my biopsies if that helps put it in perspective :)

you can read more about biopsies here https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/testing/type...

try to relax & not get head of yourself with worry. One step at a time. Best wishes

I take weekends off

Initial dx at 50. Seriously?? “Sometimes the future changes quickly and completely and we’re left with only the choice of what to do next." blog: Never Tell Me the Odds

Dx 12/2017, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/13/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast Dx 2/2020, IDC, Stage IV, metastasized to liver/lungs, Grade 3, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 3/18/2020 Taxol (paclitaxel) Immunotherapy 3/18/2020 Tecentriq (atezolizumab) Chemotherapy 11/25/2020 Abraxane (albumin-bound or nab-paclitaxel) Radiation Therapy 12/8/2020 External Dx 12/9/2020, IDC, Right, Stage IV, metastasized to lungs, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- (IHC) Hormonal Therapy 12/15/2020 Femara (letrozole) Dx 1/28/2021, IDC, Left, Stage IV, metastasized to bone Radiation Therapy 3/2/2021 External: Bone
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Sep 17, 2021 04:52PM - edited Sep 17, 2021 05:15PM by AnxiousAlways11

One more thing….they couldn't really see it on the sono and the sonographer said it was blending in .. could that be a good sign. Maybe it was always there and couldn’t see it until now

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Sep 18, 2021 07:34AM LivinLife wrote:

Welcome Anxious! Different imaging tests pick up or don't pick up different things which is why they use mammo, ultrasound and MRI (not meaning they always use all 3) depending on concern, what/if things show or not, etc. Hold onto what moth said about BIRADS 4. I've had a few of those and lower, several call backs over the years, 3 biopsies and all came back benign until it didn't. The "didn't" turned about to be DCIS which is still a pre-cancer/pre-invasive cancer.... Hoping one of these will be true for you as well! Please let us know once you hear something. And yes on the ice after biopsy!!! It will help soooo much to ice the rest of that day on and off consistently and maybe even a little the next morning...

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/31/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Sep 24, 2021 05:34PM AnxiousAlways11 wrote:

Got my results today! Benign!! Fibromyalgia…. Thank you all for listening and helping me through it!

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Sep 24, 2021 07:23PM MinusTwo wrote:

Good news Anxious.

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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Sep 25, 2021 10:43AM LivinLife wrote:

Super news! Sooo happy for you!!!

with expansive comedo necrosis & weak ER/PR Dx 7/2020, DCIS, Left, 2cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+ Surgery 8/31/2020 Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right
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Sep 25, 2021 12:14PM Messenger77 wrote:

Wonderful news!

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