When I read your post it really sounded like my story. I had just turned 50, and had my first mammogram shortly after, in february. When I got the message that they wanted some more photos I was surprised, but not really scared. I thought, because of my dense breast-tissue, that the first photos wasn’t clear enough, and for sure nothing was wrong. It said that 3 of 100 women were recalled after a mammogram, and then again 1 of 5 of them had a malign situasjon. Low chances were my thougts.
But I was wrong. I went to the diagnostic clinic in the beginning of march for some more photos, and the doctor also did an ultrasound. She was particullary interested in my right breast, and then she looked me in my eyes and said «we found something here that looks like cancer and needs to be treated». I felt it in my stumach, and asked her what treatment?
We need to remove the lump and then you need radiation, she said. And we need to do a biopsy, to verify and see what kind this lump is. But you are lucky, you did the mammogram and we cought this early. We will have this under control. Shit, I said.
Then I had to wait a week for the results, and it was a difficult week (this everybody knows who have gone through the same).
A week later, on 10th of March, I got the results. It was invasive ductal carcinoma ER+ PR+ Her2-.
I got my lumpectomy on 23th of March, and they also took out 3 sentinel lymph nodes (the lymph nodes that were coloured from the blue dye injections). The lump was small, 9mm I found out later. The operation went well, I had only some serom in my armpits but it went away after 2 weeks.
After the operation I had to wait more then 4 long weeks for the pathological report about the tumour. It showed clear margins in the tissue they removed, and clear lymph nodes. My tumour was a slow grower with low aggression. I didn’t need either chemo or hormon-treatment.
I also participated in a study where they look at the genetic property in the tumour, and that also confirmed the low aggression.
In may I started the radiation, 15 treatments for 3 weeks.
Now I am finished with treatment, I will have a yearly mammogram for 10 years.
I know I am very lucky, and I ache for all the women in a worse situation. I tell all my friends now to check their boobs regulary, and take mammogram earlyer then from 50 years of age (in my country the screening starts at 50).
All good thougts to you, and good luck with the operation and treatment ahead of you. You can send me a pm if you feel like it