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Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

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Shi Community Champion
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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Loube 😁❤️😁that’s wonderful news 👍thanks for letting us know. Now promise you’ll keep vigilant and check yourself and also make sure your friends and family check themselves too, then that’s more people aware and keeping safe 👍💕💕✨✨Shi xx

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Loube,

 

Yey, that's great news!

And thank you for updating us and saying thanks for the advice/support.

It's really helpful that some good news stories/updates feature on the forum to help other women who have just been referred and who are naturally rather concerned at the least!

 

All the best,

Seabreeze

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Results.....

Dear Seabreeze, Shi and all,

My appointment lasted 3 hours at the breast clinic today...examination, ultra sound and mammogram. 

I'm pleased to say that I have cysts and had some removed. 

All the worry waiting for the appointment, then in the waiting room made my anxiety sky high but I'd just like to thank you ladies for calming my nerves through messages and giving me information on here. The hugs and love sent, the positivity and calmness is amazing.

Love, hugs and glitter sparkles. 💫

Loube 💕

 

 

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Hi Loube,

 

Thank you, you are welcome, pleased to assist.

 

The standard NHS leaflet is quite brief and from recollection doesn't say much more than I said.  

 

If you would like to read advice about what to expect, this is the link to the breast cancer care, 'what to expect at a breast clinic' leaflet: 

https://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/information-support/publication/your-breast-clinic-appointment-b...

Breast cancer care are the main provider of information booklets on bc, the booklets are generally available in all hospital breast clinics and downloadable online.

 

Since there are many harmless causes of lumps I'd suggest not straying into any detail, just go through the process and see what they say. 

 

Try and relax by going for a walk, doing some gardening or anything else you enjoy and have access to.

 

Seabreeze X

Shi Community Champion
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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Loube 👭please let us know how you get on ❤️And please use the options I mentioned before if you need to, the understanding and support at bcc and breast cancer now is always here. ❤️ 💕💕✨✨Shi xx

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Dear Seabreeze,

Thank you for your message. There wasn't a leaflet in with the letter but from yours and Shi's messages, I know more of what to expect. 

I'm glad I found this site. Thank you for your help and positivity. My anxiety level has reduced slightly.

Loube 💕

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Hi Shi,

Thank you so much. The information you have given is very helpful. 

I've looked at doctor google and frightened myself 🙈 but then I found this site which is very helpful and positive.

Fingers crossed for Monday ....

Loube 💕

 

 

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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Hi Loube,

 

Usually a leaflet is included with the referral letter.

Firstly, well done for being proactive, seeing your GP and getting the referral so promptly. 

There are many causes of breast lumps, so try not to worry too much.

 

When I was referred due to finding a lump when in my early 40's,  I first saw the specialist breast surgeon who physically checked the lump and around under the armpits. Hence best to wear a separate top and skirt/trousers. If you feel more comfortable you can request a chaperone. 

I then went directly to the x-ray department where they did the mammogram.  They then did an ultrasound scan over the breasts. If they think the lump needs further investigation they do a needle biopsy of tissue from the lump area, guided by the ultra sound. During my 5 years since diagnosis and follow on checkups I can say all the staff were very nice and understanding that none of us have necessarily chosen to be there!

I was then sent back to see the specialist, who let me know what they'd seen (in very simple terms) and if they needed to do the needle biopsy they will most likely say they need the results back before they can say what the lump is.

Please be aware some non cancerous masses can look like BC on the scan, so while it is natural to worry, do try not to panic. You will then be given a date, usually in one week's time, to go back to see the specialist and get the results.

 

On the day of your referral don't use deodorant (if it contains any metal it can affect the clarity of scans etc.) and wear trousers or skirt and top. Be prepared to have to wait awhile to see the specialist and wait again for the mammo etc, and then the specialist again (assuming all clinics work the same way...there may be some variations!). 

 

Mammograms aren't the most fun....some women don't find them painful, some do. I do! So you might want to take a precautionary painkiller beforehand! If you do experience pain tell the radiographer so that they are aware.

 

If you want to take a friend you are free to do so. I went on my own and took someone along with me when my biopsy results were back a week later. You might want to take a book or practice mindfulness for distraction while waiting.

 

I hope Monday goes as well as possible for you. If you do have any further Q's or feel the need to emote please do post again. There is always lots of help and support on this forum.

 

Seabreeze X

(5 years on and doing ok)

 

Shi Community Champion
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Re: Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Hi loube 👭wear top and trousers/leggings, they will give you a gown to change into anyway but you keep trousers/leggings on. Everyone has this when having check up. It’s good your doctor is being cautious and sending you to be checked out with team 👍 you will probably have an mri scan 1st which is bit of gel on then they scan you like they do when pregnant, you’ll then probably have mammogram, they position you on the machine, all pain free 👍some units will also do a biopsy. Please use the ask the nurse facility on here and the someone like me option in here ❤️Allow for about an hour or two this can take this time depending how busy your unit is. 👍you’ve done exactly the right thing going to doctors and getting it checked out 👍please keep off doctor google, it can send you 🤯🤯🤯and at this moment in time nothing is confirmed what your lump is. 👭👭bcc and everyone on the threads are here 👭👭rooting for you ❤️Hope this helps a bit 💕💕✨✨Shi xx

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Breast clinic appointment within 2 weeks.

Hi,

i found a lump last week and went to the doctor. She has referred me to the breast clinic, the appointment is Monday.

I've had a letter today confirming the time and date but it doesn't say what they will do or how long it will take but it does say it's breast surgery clinic. 😳 

i'm very anxious as it's all unknown to me. I'm 47 and not had a mammogram before. 

Is the breast surgery clinic the right one just for tests ? Could I be there all day ? Is there anything I should wear In particular?

Sorry to be a worry guts 😕