Topic: Awaiting biopsy results for lump found 6 months after mammogram

Forum: Not Diagnosed But Worried — For those who are experiencing symptoms or received concerning test results, but haven't been diagnosed with breast cancer.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2022 07:59AM

Posted on: Apr 28, 2022 07:59AM

wolfgang wrote:

Hello - I found a lump - actually my hubby found it - I dismissed it initially but had a routine appt and pointed it out. Fast forward to a mammogram a week later. The something is concerning BIRADS 5. Awaiting biopsy results. My doc said he will be surprised if it is not cancer. Anyone have experience with aggressive tumors showing up between mammograms?

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Apr 29, 2022 01:52PM cathy67 wrote:

wolfgang,

I hope you a smooth journey. I am just reading this post, and want to share mine at the end, but got this update. Sorry for that.

Yeah, I also found a tiny lump between my routines, I am a patient with oncologist, so he scheduled earlier routine, it turned out the one I found is benigh and already there at least 2 years 9 months, but they found another one which needs biopsy, the one I cannot feel myself. My biopsy is scheduled next week. It is just 4 months from last routine, and not shown on mammogram. So whatever the result is, once find and book an appt, it is lucky finding.

Enjoy the weekend.

Cathy



Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 29, 2022 02:16PM mle42 wrote:

Wolfgang, I’m so sorry your biopsy turned out to show cancer. I also found a lump about 6 months after an “all clear” mammogram and ultrasound,which turned out to be IDC. These can be fast growing, but also mammograms aren’t perfect at finding small lumps especially with dense breasts (I.e., maybe it really wasn’t there at your last screening, or maybe it was there but too small to see). I found these message boards to be an invaluable source of info and support throughout treatment, please don’t hesitate to reach out for anything you need!

Dx 5/17/2021, IDC, Right, 3cm, Stage IIIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 10/25/2021 Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel Radiation Therapy 11/30/2021 Whole breast, Radiation boost: Right breast, Lymph nodes Hormonal Therapy 1/1/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole) Targeted Therapy 2/17/2022 Verzenio Chemotherapy AC + T (Taxol)
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Apr 29, 2022 02:56PM wondering44 wrote:

Wolfgang,

I am sorry to read your results. The hardest part is the wait, and it should get easier once you meet with the surgeon and get additional results for the hr/pr/her2 to get your plan in place.

As the others posted here, the mammograms are not full proof for finding areas of concern to address before someone finds that lump. I wish the mammograms were better. MD Anderson is currently doing a clinical trail to improve that. It sound really interesting and the results may end up giving close to the same results as an MRI.

Remember to take care of yourself right now. It is totally okay to have a freak-out moment, meltdown, talk to a therapist, etc.

I wish you the best during your treatments moving. There is a lot of great information and women on these boards to guide you throughout your plan.

Surgery 8/18/2021 Lymph node removal (Right): Sentinel; Mastectomy (Right): Nipple Sparing Dx DCIS, Right, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx DCIS, Right, 6cm+, Stage 0, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 2cm, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx IDC, Right, 6cm+, Grade 3, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 8/31/2022 Mastectomy (Left): Skin Sparing; Mastectomy (Right): Skin Sparing
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Apr 29, 2022 03:11PM alicebastable wrote:

wolfgang, it's amazing how actually knowing frequently has an almost calming effect. I think some people have a harder time with the unknown.

I kept planning fun outings all through testing, appointments, surgeries, and treatment - anything from walking through a local park to picnics to short mini-vacation s. I call them pre-planned memories. And sure enough, those are what I remember more than the dreary medical stuff from that year.

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Apr 29, 2022 03:59PM - edited Apr 29, 2022 04:04PM by sarahmaude

I wanted to post that last night I read a very interesting article that had radiology images that demonstrated some impressive differentiation between different types of BC tumors. Even to my uneducated eye, I was amazed at what can be seen in certain tumors. The photo arrays showed Mammography, ultrasound, and MRI.

I think in many BiRads 5 cases they can tell a lot more than I realized. Given that there are either 4-5 different basic molecular types of tumors and many more subtypes, they are nowhere near replacing pathology. However, it seems clear that a palpable, highly differentiated tumor is going to be distinct from a fibroid or calcification, or other benign finding. For a smaller low grade finding, there is likely a lot more uncertainty.

Here is a link to the article

https://www.webcir.org/revistavirtual/articulos/2021/5_junio/chi/molecular_subtypes_of_breast_cancer.pdf

Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 3/31/2022 Lumpectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 5/4/2022 Taxotere (docetaxel), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Dx IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy Left breast
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Apr 29, 2022 04:37PM moderators wrote:

We're so sorry to hear, wolfgang, but as alicebastable said, sometimes the knowing is better than the unknown. We know this is a lot to process and the coming days and weeks will feel very overwhelming, but we're here for you every step of the way.

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Apr 29, 2022 05:52PM sarahmaude wrote:

And wolfgang, I want to let you know that I’m sorry that you had to join our club, but I’m glad you found us. I was also BIRADS 5 and decithat the first wait for diagnosis was the worst. Knowing was a lot better than wondering.

Hormonal Therapy 2/17/2022 Arimidex (anastrozole) Surgery 3/31/2022 Lumpectomy (Left) Chemotherapy 5/4/2022 Taxotere (docetaxel), Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) Dx IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, ER+/PR-, HER2- Radiation Therapy Left breast
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Apr 29, 2022 10:57PM cathy67 wrote:

sarahmaude,

Thanks for the article, I read it through, especially part III. Yeah, BC nowadays is not emergency and treatment is much more doable than 10 years ago, what we are scared of, is actually the type. I was perfect luminal A last time, I am very scared of the type (in case it is) this time, I am taking hormone therapy all the time, I just wonder if it will be luminal A again cause hormone therapy is supposed to ban luminal A, and I cannot find any related document for this.

I read through part III, my ultrasound report does not look like TN, totally opposite to TN except for one item..I know this is not accurate, but at least give me very comfortable feeling, at this moment.

Thanks, sarahmaude.

Cathy

Oncotype 6, Dx 08/06/2019, IDC, Right, 2.1 cm, Grade2, 1/1 nodes,ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 9/10/2019 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Right); Lymph node removal Hormonal Therapy 11/20/2019 Arimidex (anastrozole) Radiation Therapy 11/27/2019 Whole breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
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Apr 29, 2022 11:49PM wolfgang wrote:

@cathy67 praying for a benign diagnosis for you

@alicebastable I love the idea of pre-planned memories

@sarahmaude thanks did sharing the article.

Already this community has been a saving grace. I am looking forward to appt Wednesday so I have a plan.

I am in Maryland btw if anyone has any good doc of hospital recom

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Apr 30, 2022 05:37AM rah2464 wrote:

Wolfgang sorry to hear of your diagnosis but at least now you know and will begin moving forward. As to finding the lump after a "clean" mammogram well that isn't unusual. All imaging has its limitations. That is why routine imagining with self exam is the best protocol, with more intensive imaging with MRI if you have dense breast tissue.

Dx 5/23/2018, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/27/2018 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant Hormonal Therapy 7/27/2018 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)

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