Hello, thanks for your message. I have a date for a second biopsy - next Monday. So at least I can relax (a bit) until then. X
I am so sorry you are having to have more biopsies. I suppose the comfort is that they are being very thorough.
Hello, just to update if anyone reads this post. The biopsy was inconclusive and only showed normal breast tissue which means every one of the 4 samples they took missed the lump. I now have another 2 weeks to wait for an appointment for a 2nd biopsy and then another week for those results. I'm going to have to find something to take my mind off it all.
I was told 2nd biopsies are fairly common with hard edged lumps because the needle rebounds off the edges. When I asked if I should be worried I was also told that I wasn't "out of the woods yet".
So back to square one with the whole process now.
Thank you so much for your response and I'm so sorry you had to go through all this too. I guess you are right that it's better to have a sonographer who notices the tiny things than a quick rushing one.
My head swings back and forth between "everything is fine, there were more positives than negatives" to "how am I going to find the strength to get through this because I know it's bad news".
I keep thinking about the group of 3 calcifications that were in the lump (I was watching as she was scanning me) and surely that can only be bad.
I have been silly and have googled things because I can't cope with the not knowing. Although I know google isn't a doctor or specialist and so can't tell me anything. Again this is my head thinking rationally one minute and not at all the next.
My breast is still sore from the biopsy and so bruised so any moments where I am able to forget about anything I can still feel pain and so that jolts my mind back into remembering.
My husband is being so supportive and my little boy is perfect so I am trying to concentrate on my "little team" to see me through to the next stage. I am exhausted from the worry.
It’s pointless telling you not to be scared, This is one of most women’s worst nightmares. I remember when I had a 5cm fibroadenoma (how did we miss it!!) in my early 30s I was absolutely terrified.
This is the very early stages for you and one thing I learned during the early weeks of my breast cancer last year is that opinions can vary from person to person. When I asked why I’d had a clear mammogram, I was told that results are very much reliant on the interpretation by the radiographer, sonographer etc. Frightening though these days of waiting are, I personally would rather have an over-zealous sonographer than a lazy one. Once several experts have analysed the findings, at least you’ll know one way or the other, rather than something being missed and only discovered at a much later and more serious stage.
Because the symptom I presented with (two tiny pale bumps on my areola) was unusual, my breast specialist (a private hospital) was very reassuring and said he didn't think there was much to worry about. Fortunately he did biopsies just in case. I’d had an ultrasound that was so gentle and cosy I actually thanked the radiologist. He found nothing. When I confidently returned for the results, I was told I had breast cancer! A different radiologist who was not gentle or cosy found two lumps deep down, both malignant, and an infected sentinel node. It got worse from there. My point is, the first radiologist didn't expect to find anything so he didn’t (I got a refund on his fee - I think they were relieved I didn’t put in a complaint!).
You would have to be superhuman not to get emotional about this. If you have some help at home with your little one, arrange to make some time for yourself regularly throughout the day (3 times minimum) and plug your headphones into a YouTube video by Progressive Hypnosis called Manifest Healing. That and Michael Sealey videos saw me through the whole experience and, though I doubt there’s any hypnosis, they definitely switch your mind off for a bit and relax you. The other essential thing is not to google anything. Not types of breast lumps, incidences of breast cancer among 32 year olds. Not anything. That way lies terror and almost everyone on these forums would agree.
I hope you get your results quickly, even if the wait feels interminable, and I hope it’s a fibroadenoma. If it is, it’s possible they’ll want to remove it but it’s simple half-day surgery and best to be on the safe side. All the best xx
Hello, I'm new here.
I had an appointment at the breast clinic 5 days ago (Thursday 4th) and had ultrasound (I'm 32) and biopsy where 4 samples were taken. I have a small (8mm) lump in my right breast that moves a lot (so much so that it was hard to get samples) and assumed they would tell me it's a fibroadenoma but apparently the sonographer's report was the edges were a bit fuzzier than she'd have like to have seen so can't diagnose fibroadenoma. She checked my armpit and saw lymph nodes which looked normal. I was told to not go away and diagnose myself with the worst but of course that's what I'm doing. I have a 2 yo little boy and I just can't stop worrying or getting emotional. I suffer with anxiety and panic attacks set off by health concerns so this is my worst nightmare. I don't really know what I want from posting this I just need to write down my concerns and I am praying all is fine. I am so so scared.