Advice please on scans

Hi was wondering do you have mri or ct scans before surgery. I was diagnosed 2 weeks ago and starting to think how does the drs know if this primary or secondary. Do I have cancer anywhere else? Probably stupid questions. I’ve been great this last 2 weeks but my mind has started to wonder today xxx

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Dear Pollyanna,

I can see this message is for the nurses, feel sure will come back to you very soon but I just would like you to know from my experience I had MRI and a scan before my surgery.

Wishing you well going forward please let us know how you do

Lots of love Tili​:pray::rainbow::pray::rainbow:

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Thank you so much xx

Hi pollyanna1

Thanks for posting. This sounds like a difficult time for you and it’s understandable you have some concerns. They are not stupid questions.

There is a lot to take in when you have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Current guidance suggests that it isn’t usually necessary to have an MRI or CT scan prior to surgery unless the extent of the cancer is not clear from other investigations including ultrasound and mammogram, or you have symptoms that your treatment team would like to assess. If your team were worried about your situation, they would suggest additional investigations. Although @Tili has said she did have scans before surgery it’s not clear what her situation was. Everyone is different and what is recommended for one person isn’t necessarily appropriate for someone else.

The doctors will know that you have primary breast cancer from looking at the pathology results of your biopsy. These results include the size, type, grade of your cancer. Treatment recommendations will be based on these, and other features of your breast cancer which are explained in the link.

If you haven’t already it would be a good idea to speak to your breast care nurse about the worries you are having. They are there to provide information and support following your diagnosis and throughout your treatment and can explain why scans are not recommended for you before your surgery.

We offer a range of free supportive services for anyone who has had a diagnosis of breast cancer which you may be interested in. They include face to face and online courses and events.

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