I well remember the blue dye, and the injection of the isotope before sentinal node biopsy. I had mine at the same time as my mastectomy, so no smurf boob for me. But I had blue wee for a couple of days. Wishing you well, and hope your treatment plan doesn't need to change.
Had my results yesterday - not the news I was hoping for but not as bad as it could have been (apparently) - grade 2 infiltrating duct carcinoma / oetrogen and progesterone positive - the Her2 result will follow. Surrounding tisue is also showing signs of being pre-cancerous
Can't fault Worcester Hospital, consultant was very good and my partner was fantastic; taking control of the situation as I was a bit shell-shocked to be honest. He asked about clinical trials / statistics / prognosis etc and referred to various publications - it was reassuring that he has read upon the subject.
Anyhoo, pre-op on Monday, in on Wednesday for some radioactive stuff (technical term!) to be injected and the operation on Thursday - i will have a wire inserted in the morning (to help find the lump?) and the operation in the afternoon to remove the lump and appropriate lymph node. Radiotherapy to follow and 5+ years of tamoxifen - no doubt similiar/familiar to many on here. I had to laugh at the blue dye that gives you a temporay smurf-look. The consultant has said that there a number of trials ongoing regarding the radiotherapy but I expect it will depend on what they remove next week
many thanks for your kind words, it's reassuring to know that there is this great support network. I hope that we all receive the news we are hoping for. My partner is being as supportive as he can, but we all have different coping strategies; I know that I am very lucky to have him in my life.
We have been on a similar path over the xmas break and I completely understand how you feel.
I didn't tell my husband as we had separated but when I did, he colapsed too, offered all the support in the world and then went funny on me by withdrawing agian. I wound up with severe depression and he has now moved back in and is being very supportive. It just took him some time to get to where I was but you are right you have to look after yourself and your own feelings first.
I went through everything you have described, ups and downs etc. also had lumps that were FNAd and came back fine but they found something else which I am waiting on the results for and have been since two days before Christmas. In the meantime, I have also had a brain and cervix MRI for which I have yet more waiting (the lump was supposed to be a minor inconvenience compared to what else they think is wrong with me).
Waiting is so hard. So hard and when you are also having to deal with others emotions too it is just not healthy for us. Give your partner time to do whatever he needs to and focus on yourself.
This website is brilliant for emotional support. There are some amazing people who will no doubt be along with invaluable advice for you. I have been told time and time again that most findings are benign and I have had to keep reminding myself of this until I know otherwise.
Take care and keep us posted.
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Hi all - newbie here looking for support.
At the start of December my partner found a lump in my breast. I can't fault my GP who having advised me to return to her in a fortnight if it hadn't gone referred mt to the breast clinic immediately. I had the ultrasound and mammogram just before Christmas and on the day was told that it was normal beat tissue and that as I'm in my early forties, my breasts are starting to change (heading southwards :-(). They gave me a FNA as a matter of course and to confirm that all is well , but this has come back with atypical cells - rated a '4' - which I know is better than a '5' but nevertheless has scared me.
I had my core biopsy on New Years eve (and addittional mammogram) and get my results tomorrow and to be quite frank I'm really scared about what they are going to say. My partner is a scientist and does cancer research so he is a wreck - he's trying to be supportive but I feel like I am wasting energy worrying about him when I should be concentrating on myself - I know that sounds selfish, but I'm really scared and don't want the extra stress of worrying about him as well as me. I seem to veer between panic and calm and i'm trying to keep up the facade of normality at work when in reality I look around at all the other women going about their daily routine without a care in the world and yet here I am, my life could change for ever tomorrow.
has anyone got a similar story that make me feel a bit better about tomorrow?