Topic: Calcifications in Left breast

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: Jun 4, 2022 06:35PM - edited Jun 6, 2022 12:07PM by msozrn

Posted on: Jun 4, 2022 06:35PM - edited Jun 6, 2022 12:07PM by msozrn

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Jun 4, 2022 09:07PM parakeetsrule wrote:

Waiting to find out what something is is the worst! When do they want to do the biopsy? Hopefully you don't have to wait too long.
Stage 2 at 37, Stage 4 at 41. Cancer is dumb. Cookies are good. Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/15/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 12/13/2021 Piqray (alpelisib) Dx IDC, Other, Stage IV, ER+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy Whole breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 4, 2022 11:12PM buzzbomb wrote:

this has happened to me twice. The first cluster of calcifications was found to be benign after biopsy. A few years later I had more calcifications in a different area of the same breast (left) and this time DCIS was found after biopsy. Lumpectomy was then required and after analysis a small micro invasion was found so I went back for a sentinel node biopsy. All went well with that and now I wait (and wait and wait) for radiation and they also want me to go on Tamoxifen for five years (still not sure about that). All in all there is really nothing to worry about. Worry does not change things. Stay strong and move forward with knowledge and strength

Dx 12/5/2021, translation missing: en.models.diagnosis.shorthand.type.i/translation missing: en.models.diagnosis.shorthand.type.d/translation missing: en.models.diagnosis.shorthand.type.c/IDC/DCIS, Left, Stage 0, Grade 2, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 3/9/2022 Lumpectomy; Lumpectomy (Left) Dx DCIS/IDC, Left, <1, Stage 0, ER+/PR+, HER2- Radiation Therapy
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Jun 5, 2022 08:37AM rrobin0200 wrote:

same thing here. Calcifications in left breast which turned out to be DCIS. When is your biopsy? I’m sorry you are having to deal with this. Waiting and wondering are the worst. Feel free to PM me.

Dx 3/6/2017, DCIS, Left, 1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/4 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 3/31/2017 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Prophylactic mastectomy; Prophylactic mastectomy (Right); Reconstruction (Left): Silicone implant; Reconstruction (Right): Silicone implant
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Jun 5, 2022 10:50AM - edited Jun 6, 2022 12:08PM by msozrn

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Jun 5, 2022 11:46AM parakeetsrule wrote:

I wouldn't read too much into how the team was behaving, yet. They should absolutely try to treat everyone the best they can, but sometimes bad things happen and it's a struggle. Remember that there was just a mass shooting in a medical office this week so that's probably weighing heavily on everyone's minds. If it becomes a pattern I'd definitely speak up or switch offices though.
Stage 2 at 37, Stage 4 at 41. Cancer is dumb. Cookies are good. Dx 3/21/2017, IDC, Left, Grade 2, ER+/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 5/15/2017 AC + T (Taxol) Hormonal Therapy 12/8/2021 Faslodex (fulvestrant) Targeted Therapy 12/13/2021 Piqray (alpelisib) Dx IDC, Other, Stage IV, ER+, HER2- Hormonal Therapy Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery Lymph node removal (Left); Mastectomy (Left) Radiation Therapy Whole breast: Lymph nodes, Chest wall
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Jun 5, 2022 11:57AM - edited Jun 6, 2022 12:11PM by msozrn

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Jun 5, 2022 01:58PM luckynumber47 wrote:

There is a standard of care when the radiologist reviews your mammogram and ultrasound. They assign a BIRADS number. BIRADS 3 means slightly suspicious - review again in 6 months, BIRADS 4 is a little more suspicious, requires a biopsy, 80% chance benign. BIRADS 5 is highly suspicious, 90% (or is it 95%?) cancerous.

If it does turn out to be dcis they will most likely recommend a lumpectomy and radiation. If they find some invasive cancer with the dcis then other treatment options will be recommended based on size and aggressiveness of the tumor.

You should be able to call and get your BIRADS number. That will give you an early indication of what they’re thinking.


My avatar is a Blue Footed Boobie. Cracked me up. Dx 2/15/2016, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/1 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Dx 3/16/2016, DCIS, Right, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 3, 0/1 nodes, ER-/PR- Surgery 4/6/2016 Mastectomy; Mastectomy (Left); Mastectomy (Right) Hormonal Therapy 5/16/2016 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 5, 2022 02:16PM - edited Jun 6, 2022 12:09PM by msozrn

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Jun 6, 2022 12:01AM alicebastable wrote:

Also keep in mind that most medical facilities are short staffed these days, and any doom or gloom you THOUGHT you saw would have most likely been a reflection of their work situation. I've been here for four years and not once have I seen somebody post " "The tech was so cheerful and sunny so I know there's nothing wrong!" It's always imaged gloom and doom. The mammographers, ultrasound techs, CT techs, radiologists I've encountered over the years have always been pleasant and even cheerful. But I still had a couple of cancers. 😆

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