breast clinic

hi all was just wondering if any one could give me some advise on what to aspect when i go the breast clinic xtashax

They are all slightly different I think, but you could do well to read the leaflet in the Publications section. (I’m being lazy - someone will be along shortly with a link, maybe one of the lovely mods…?)

Sorry - sent that twice and had to cancel one.
K

Tasha, as chocciemuffin says, all clinics do things a bit differently.
A doctor will probably examine you first and then get a mammogram done. That’s always the first step. If they aren’t sure about what they see they might do a needle biopsy - a bit uncomfortable but it helps to get a clearer picture of what is there.
You should have someone with you because you will be anxious and you need someone to sit with you and be there for you. You also need someone else to listen to everything you are told - you won’t take it all in because like the rest of us you will be too worried to think straight.
You may not get your results for a few days and that’s not easy. Everyone here will tell you that waiting is the hard part of all this.
We are all hoping that you won’t be needing our advice for much longer.
All the best.
Love and hugs,
Kathleen

It depends I think how you’ve been referred. I was recalled after a routine mammogram, for some reason. They had spotted something. My referral was then to a one stop shop - i had a further mammogram of the suspicious area, and the was told something had been spotted and they would have a more detailed look. I then had to wait for around 45 minutes until the radiographer could explain what they’d seen, which was a large cyst…so after maybe 2 hours I was given the all clear.
If there had been something that needed further investigation they may have done the tests then, but I wouldn’t have had the results for a while.

I think it’s best to bring someone with you, because whatever the outcome it is a very stressful time altogether

Hello mummytash

Here is a link to the publication that ChoccieMuffin referred to

www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/worried-about-breast-cancer/referral-breast-clinic-bcc70

best wishes
June, moderator

Hi Mummytash

I hope that your local breast clinic is as lovely as mine at the West Suffolk Hospital in Bury St Edmunds. They are waiting to have the consultants clinics and the ultrasound/mammograms in the same unit but until then you are always escorted from one to the other with a volunteer so you are never left wandering around the hospital by yourself. The breast clinic unit itself is very calm, relaxing and staffed by lovely people who are there to help you through the whole experience and you are treated with the utmost dignity and care so please don’t be afraid. Try and take somebody with you if you can as 2 pairs of ears are always better than 1.

I hope you find it as pleasant an experience as possible, given the fact that you really don’t want to be there in the first place.

As Katyb61 says, you may not be given your diagnosis on this visit though as very often they wait until the results of the biopsy confirms what the mammogram/ultrasound seems to reveal so don’t be surprised if you have to play the ‘waiting game’ for another couple of weeks after your visit. Try not to worry too much in the meantime - easier said than done I know, but you need to be given the correct diagnosis and treatment and this can take time to determine.

Do let us know how you get on.

Mazzalou xxx

thank you all very much for your replys ladies im sure i will be bk on here with more questions soon as got so much going through my at the moment x