awaiting results from core biopsy

Hi everyone, i have been reading the posts on this site and i was wondering if i could ask a question. I have been attending the breast clinic for 3 years now, my sister developed BC at the age of 38, i was due to go a few weeks ago and the night before the appointment i checked my breasts whilst in the bath, i found a lump. At the clinic they said it was a thickening and nothing to worry about but they sent me for a mammogram anyway. At the mammogram they did a magnification of the lump. I got a call from the breast care nurse to ask me to go in for a core biopsy, the surgeon told me it looks like cancer and during the ultrasound they found the lump was 7mm and they drained a cyst also. I have to go for my results on Tuesday next week which seems like a lifetime away. Is it possible that the surgeon could be wrong and the biopsy shows a benign condition or am i just clutching at straws? Thanks for any help

Hi Powerjen,

I’m new to the site as well since I found a lump last week. I went to the GP who referred me to a breast consultant - and thinking it was nothing (I’m due to have a baby next Tuesday and am aware of changes in the breast), was really shocked when they had to take a core biopsy and told it was totally unrelated to the pregnancy.

Anyway, my appointment for the results is today. It’s a very difficult week - I’ve been crying constantly and a bit mean to my kids! I’ve scoured this site which is very helpful. I have seen that people were told they had a suspicious lump which was thought to be cancer and then told it was benign. I believe the core biopsy is the only way of knowing.

Good luck for Tuesday. Will let you know about today,

Hi Powerjen

So sorry you are having to attend the clinic - and also that your sister developed bc at such a young age. I would advise not to worry too much at this stage - easier said than done I know. Wait for the results before you start to panic. I think sometimes docotrs give you the ‘it looks suspicious’ line just to cover their backs.

Dandush - good luck for today’s results, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you. Let us know how you get on.

Hi everyone,

Just to let you know that I got the all clear today (I’ve also mentioned on my other thread) - I have 2 “lactating adenomas” which is just a huge relief! As the consultant said - you can never be sure until the core biopsies are done. They had told me during the ultrasound that the lumps were not related to the pregnancy which had worried me, but clearly they were.

Powerjen - wishing you lots of best wishes - try to keep as busy as possible during this time - I know it’s difficult. I was in tears 5 minutes before seeing the consultant today.

Hi Dandush and Lilacblushes, Thanks for the reply. That is fabulous news for you Dandush, you can now look forward to the arrival of your baby, hope it all goes well when the big day arrives. I agree with you Lilacblushes you can scare yourself silly by looking at the internet, i just wish Tuesday was here at least then i will know for sure
thanks again for your help

Hi powerjen,

I was dx on 18 June after core biopsy and although not the result I wanted I felt better for knowing. I felt the worst time was waiting for the biopsy results - I just felt in total limbo, so can totally sympathise with what you’re going through. Not long now till Tuesday and I’ll be thinking of you - please come back and let us know how you get on.

There are certainly lots of things that are benign - I was told that mine might be a sclerosing lesion but that if it was they would probably do WLE anyway (just to make absolutely sure). I had a hunch that they throught it probably was cancer by the way that I was treated (with kid gloves!) after the biopsies - or maybe that was just me being hyper-sensitive. That was my worst moment - by the time I got the results I had been through every possible scenario (!) so was more prepared.

Will you take someone with you? It is a good idea because my brain went to mush - but there again its a bit mushy anyway at the moment!!

Great to hear your good news Dandush - and my very best wishes for your new arrival!

Hi Powerjen

Like everyone else has said, it may not be cancer. However, it may be and I guess you have been considering that possibility since seeing the specialist. OK. Let’s say it is. Most of us on this forum have been in that situation. It seems surreal, but then reality kicks in. Don’t panic. If it is, chances are you have caught it early on and as you know from your sister’s treatment, it isn’t necessarily the worst. I was absolutely devasted when i found I had breast cancer, but then the surgeon said my prognosis was excellent I went from feeling the worst to happy in a few seconds.

Hi everyone, Thanks for your posts. Yes it is BC, invasive ductal, oestrogen receptive. I go for pre op next week then surgery the following week, i am sure this site will be invaluable. The surgeon has not had the grading back yet does that happen once lump is removed?
Thanks x

Hi Powerjen

I am sorry to read about your diagnosis, I am sure you will continue to receive support and information from your fellow uers. In addition, Breast Cancer Care have written a ‘Resources Pack’ for anyone newly diagnosed with breast cancer which you may find helpful to read, it is filled with information to help you better understand your diagnosis, test results and the various treatments available. You can order a free copy from the following link or you can ask for a copy to be sent to you via our helpline:

There is information in the pack about our other support services, including our helpline which is on 0808 800 6000, you may find this useful to use at some point if you need to talk anything through, or just need someone to lend an understanding ear. Alternatively, if you prefer you can use email: <script type=“text/javascript”>eval(unescape(‘%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%69%6e%66%6f%40%62%72%65%61%73%74%63%61%6e%63%65%72%63%61%72%65%2e%6f%72%67%2e%75%6b%22%3e%69%6e%66%6f%40%62%72%65%61%73%74%63%61%6e%63%65%72%63%61%72%65%2e%6f%72%67%2e%75%6b%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b’))</script>

Best wishes

Hi Powerjen

Sorry to hear your news, well your on that journey no one chooses to take but I can assure you there are many ‘voices’ of support and some very knowledgeable ladies (and gents) who will help answer your questions. Others like me can perhaps share experiences. My grading and staging came after the removal of the cancer. It helped determine the next set of treatment.

My advice is take one day at a time, don’t read too much you may scare yourself. A good read is Coping with Breast Cancer by Dr T Priestley, good simple language that has practical and realistic views EXCELLENT at this stage.

Good Luck

Thanks Carol and Lucy, Still a bit shell shocked, i am going to try to return to work tomorrow , i suppose i should join the newly diagnosed club!