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LynR
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Re: First yearly appointment

Hi everyone hope you are all doing OK on this journey through bc!

I have recently had my 3rd annual mammo in January, thankfully all OK.  In March I was surprised to receive a letter for my regular 3 year appointment!  I was a little taken aback having so recently had my annual appointment.  I called the bc unit and asked if I needed to have another mammo so soon.  The lady on the phone was so apologetic saying "I'm sorry i see you are on annual appointments arent you, unfortunately our systems don't talk to each other and the letter you received is for the 3 year screening appointment".  I asked if I had to attend and she told me no can't be screened for at least 6 months after a follow up (unless there is a problem of course).  She then explained I should continue with my annual appointments for another 2 years (that will be my 5 altogether) and then guess what I will then be due for my next 3 year screening appointment the following year - so not 5 years annual mammos but 6!  Arent we lucky ladies.

Just wanted to put this here in case anyone else has similar thing.

I am glad I checked it out because I know now what will happen in year 6.  It caught me by surprise but its good to know they are looking out for us on this journey.

Stay well and positive everyone and this forum is a fountain of knowledge for us all in this kinda exclusive group xx

 

LynR
Member

Re: First yearly appointment

Hi  ladybowler, well im through it and with your advice i survived the first one!  I drove myself mad with anxiety but thankfully the result came back clear this time.  Thank you for your advice and support it helped a great deal xx LynR

ladybowler
Community Champion

Re: First yearly appointment

Lyn and Pippin

 

When I had mine post op, I advised the lady that I had had surgery on that side for bc and she manually adjusted the paddles, she apologised that she needed to get it as tight as possible so that they got a good image but it did help that she did it that way.  I also took paracetamol an hour before the apt xx

LynR
Member

Re: First yearly appointment

Thanks for this i have my first annual appointment next month and am anxious about it, not least because op site is often tender (being the wuss that i am im not looking forward to it for various reasons) your advice is a real help thanks. Xx
Pippinxx
Member

Re: First yearly appointment

Thank you for replying rubycat. Nice to hear something positive and thanks for the advice on taking painkillers xx

rubycat
Member

Re: First yearly appointment

Panic not Pippin!! All should be ok, take some pain killers about 20mins before you go.  All hospitals are different of course and think it depends on what you've had done. I just had WLE, & am now into my third year, so have had two mammos since.  Last year was fine, just like the mammos were prior to getting bc. First one would have been just as painfree, but I'd had a seroma drained the day before, so it did hurt, but even got through that.  YOu should find it all ok, still that horrible waiting for results though, that never goes away.  Do hope you find it bearable. Cat Happyxxx

Pippinxx
Member

First yearly appointment

Hi all I have my first yearly appointment tomorrow and feeling very anxious. Can anyone tell me what happens and what tests they may do. Thanks hope you are all doing ok x