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? Breast cancer after a reduction

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YNWA
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Hi Sue and Ruby, thanks so much for your information and also very sorry that you both were diagnosed with breast cancer not long afterwards.
You would just assume that all tissue removed would be sent for histology wouldn't you? It must have been a dreadful shock and a bitter blow that your new breasts needed further surgery/removal.
I'll post an update tomorrow after my appointment, when I know what the outcome is.
Keep strong, love Cathy xx
Ruby1
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Hi YNWA
I had a breast reduction in 2006 and was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007. No tests were done on what was taken away and to this day my consultant who treated me for breast cancer (and he's very professional) is in despair at the fact no checks were carried out, particularly as I had the reduction at a specialist cancer and reconstruction/plastic surgery hospital! But there is no point looking back and thinking what if/why - it's all in hindsight and I'm looking to the future now. I don't think that tissue testing is compulsory but if anybody knows differently please do tell me.
When I was diagnosed I found a lump in my armpit and my GP found the original in my breast when I went to see her and it went from there. It was a 5cm lump, with lymph node involvement and HER2+.
xxx

sue66
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Hello ynwa, I had a breast reduction and uplift a year ago, I was called for a routine mamagramme in may (I wasn't going to go because I had not long had surgery but I went) the short story I had a 5 cm tumour and another one behind the nipple in one breast and a small mass on the other, neither showed on the mam magramme only MRI scan, I have had a masectomy and am currently having chemo which isn't going to well. I am having a second mastectomy in January , I was never offered a am magramme before my reduction even though I was 49 and apparently the tissues that was removed was not tested. Hope this helps I have been reading all the posts for months but have never written before.

Kind regards
sue
YNWA
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Thanks so much Barb. It's nice to know that there are kind people out there.
I'm trying to keep busy until Thursday morning and I'm just going to tidy my wardrobe, which is long overdue! xx
nannabarb
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Hi Cathy,
Sorry you are finding yourself this side of the fence, hopefully it is nothing to worry about, but if it is BC, we are all here to offer support and lots of virtual hugs
Best wishes
Barb
YNWA
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

Thank you June, I've just spoken to someone on the helpline. It seems strange to be on the other side, so to speak, asking for help, when I've only ever been the one providing it!
June_BCC
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Re: ? Breast cancer after a reduction

HelloYNWA


Welcome to the forums, I’m sure the users of the site will be along to support you soon.


Whilst waiting for replies maybe you would like to talk things through with a member of our helpline staff who are there to offer emotional support as well as practical information. The free phone number is 0808 800 6000 and the lines are open Monday to Friday 9.00 to 5.00 and Saturday 10.00 to 2.00.


Best wishes


June, moderator


YNWA
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? Breast cancer after a reduction

Hi to all of you
I did a search in the search box on the forum for anyone who's been diagnosed after a reduction. Unfortunately, it was no help.
I'm really worried and I'm not usually like this, but let me explain. I had a breast reduction ( not just to reduce the size, but also because one was significantly larger than the other) three years ago. I have a lot of professional knowledge, but believe me, when it's yourself, it's no help at all.
I've been retired just over a year, having been a nurse for 40 years and a Macmillan Breast Specialist nurse for 20 of them.
My GP wouldn't prescribe any more HRT recently, without giving me an examination and found two lumps. I had been aware of a painful feeling, where one of them are,when giving someone a hug, but had dismissed it as nothing.
My elder sister was diagnosed 5 years ago, after feeling the same thing and is currently having chemo for a recurrence.
My appointment is at 9am on Thursday 8th November and I was just wondering if there's anyone out there who has either been diagnosed in a similar position to me, or anyone who went to clinic and found it was something to do with the previous surgery?
Thanks on advance for any help, Cathy x