Biopsy at recall


I was recalled after my first mammogram, I’m 51. They suspected a cyst as my lump is well defined and approximately 14mm. It was found at my mammogram screening and I can’t feel it. The radiologist did an ultrasound and tried to drain it but it wouldn’t drain. She then did an ultrasound core needle biopsy and inserted a clip. After that I went for another mammogram. I’m guessing to see if it was in position. The radiologist then told me I needed another biopsy and this was done sitting using an X-ray. This one was done in another part of my breast. First one being about 3.00 o’clock and the second 12.00 o’clock left side. They inserted another clip. After, the radiologist told me in front of a nurse that she wasn’t overly concerned as it was a well defined area. She has graded my results as a 3. I’m guessing biopsies had to be done to be 100% sure. I now have the agonising wait for the results. Is the radiologist allowed to tell me that she wasn’t overly concerned and what does this mean? Is all this normal procedure? Also, would the radiologist be able to suspect cancer from my ultrasound and mammogram slides? Trying to stay positive. Thank you in advance for your help.


I would like to think that she was very confident that there is no reason to be concerned, so really hope that your results are good. Fingers crossed.

I do know that when I had a biopsy on a lump the nurse said afterwards that it was “definitely something”, not just a cyst.


Hi scientistamafier,

Thank you. I’d like to think she was right too. :pray:t2: She did tell me it wasn’t a cyst as she couldn’t drain it hence why I had biopsies. She said it was a well defined area and when we chatted afterwards she said she wasn’t overly concerned, but put the results down as a 3. I pray her experiences as a radiologist are right but I guess only the biopsies will tell for definite.


I also had a recall after a routine mammogram to be told I had a lump. After further examinations, biopsies and more scans I was informed it was probably a fibroadenoma and to ring for my results in 2 weeks. I came away fairly confident it was nothing only to get the devastating news when I rang for my results that I had breast cancer and they were also shocked with the result. One year on I’m cancer free and it all seems such a blur.
It’s hard not to worry but they need to be sure either way so having biopsies gives them the correct diagnosis.
I really hope you get good news x


Hi Pebbles51,

Thank you. Great to hear you are now cancer free. I kind of wish the radiologist hadn’t said but I will keep a very open mind.

Do you mind me asking what breast cancer you were diagnosed with please?

Waiting is awful. x

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I had Er+ & Pr+ grade 2. I had a lumpectomy and one lymph node removed which was clear thankfully.

Sometimes I feel a bit of a fraud as mine was caught early and my treatment wasn’t too invasive.

Just try to be positive and don’t spend too much time on the internet! It can send you down a rabbit hole! Just wait for your results and then you can deal with what comes next which is hopefully amazing positive news x


Thank you for your kind words. I’ll let you know how I get on. They have said approximately 3 weeks for results and that they write to you to invite you to an appointment to give you the results either way. I will try and stay positive, but with an open mind. x


Lou908 :heart: glad you’ve reached out to Breast Cancer Now, please keep off doctor google and please hold onto till a professional tells you, you have breast cancer, you do not have breast cancer. Do ring the number on here and speak to a nurse, do keep reaching out on here as much or as little as you need to while waiting for results everyone’s here :two_women_holding_hands: and everyone understands :heart::two_hearts::two_hearts::sparkles::sparkles:Shi xx


Thank you Shi,
The wait and anxiety is absolutely awful. I’m just praying that if it is breast cancer that it will have been caught very early, by my routine mammogram and be sorted. Thank goodness for screening. Trying to stay open minded and positive. 🩷 x


Hi @lou908,

Welcome to the forum, we hope you find it a helpful and supportive place. I can see that you’ve already had some great comments from others who have had similar experiences.

I can understand why you’re feeling anxious, waiting for test results is always a worrying time. While you wait please know that our nurses are here for you any time, here on the forum on the Ask our Nurses your questions or over the phone 0808 800 6000.

Sending our love and best wishes,

Alice :heart:


Thank you Alice,

I’m keeping as positive and open minded as I can. The anxiety is awful and the waiting definitely doesn’t help that. I know radiologists are very experienced and see so many different things on a daily basis. The radiologist I had was very thorough and a lovely lady. I know she said she wasn’t overly concerned and put my scans thorough as a 3, but I also know, only the biopsy results can be 100% either way. Thank goodness for breast screening because even though my lump is very small, only approx 14mm, I couldn’t feel it and I do my regular breast checks. x

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Hi @lou908

Everyone positive or negative has been where you are with the waiting - in some ways it’s the worst of it. . Try to keep busy , do things that make you happy and take one day at a time . If you feel yourself spiralling off somewhere try to bring your mind back to the present .
They can tell a lot by how lumps appear on mammograms and scans. My lump was very small but I was told at second screening that it was almost definitely cancer whereas you have been told the opposite . There are never any guarantees but it sounds hopeful .

Take care
Joanne. X

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Hi JoanneN,

Thank you and thank you for your positive energy. I have everything crossed all will be ok and I will take your good advice to deal with anxieties. Everyone on here is so lovely and it does make such a difference.

I’m sending you lots of positive vibes and love. 🩷 x

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Hi Lou908,

Like Joanne I was told by the radiologist that it was almost certainly cancer, which I’m grateful for as I was expecting the bad news when they came. So it’s a really good sign that your radiologist said he wasn’t overly concerned. I hope you get good news, but even if you don’t you seem to be in the best scenario as caught early. Mine was 2 years ago and it’s all fine now.
Bon courage,


Hi Lou908

I had a biopsy in September which did turn out to be cancer. I wasn’t given any reassurance at the time and they brought a specialist nurse in so I knew they were a bit concerned. They said 'indeterminate/slightly suspicious ', which I think was a kind way of warning me to be prepared. The fact they haven’t spoken to you in those terms is a good sign. My lump was similar size to yours so the positive thing they did say was that if it did turn out to be cancer, then it was early , small and very treatable. I really hope yours turns out to be benign which sounds most likely…but even in the worst case scenario, they will be able to fix it and make you better. Well done for being careful and getting checked…like you I couldn’t feel a lump either so feel very lucky that it was picked up on ultrasound (I am early 40s so no routine screening yet) xxx

Hi lou 908

Thank you for your post.

Waiting for results can be a difficult time.

When you attend the breast clinic the breast team do try to give you as much information as they can on the day. The radiologists, have a lot of experience of interpreting breast imaging results. Sometimes the way a breast change looks on imaging, may make the team more suspicious of cancer. If they’re not overly concerned, they will tell you this.

You say the radiologist described your results as a 3. We have more information here about how the scoring system for mammograms and ultrasounds You will see that 3 means the result is uncertain but probably benign. As you say, a biopsy is done to get more information about the cause of the lump. It’s not uncommon to have biopsies taken in different parts of the breast. As they probably explained, the metal clips were put in so the areas you had biopsied can easily be found again if further biopsies or surgery is necessary.

Some people find our online forum a way of getting more support while waiting for the results. If this is something you would be interested in, the section for those people who are waiting for results can be found here.

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