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Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Hi Miarose....... Just wondering how you got on.....  I'm in the same position you were in July, waiting for the letter/call to go back in for results..... Soooooo scared, waiting is chronic! Xxx 

hope all going well. Xx 

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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Yes, could be benign, or DCIS which isn't bad, or if its invasive you might just have a lumpectomy which as others have said, is just day surgery and not too bad at all. By the way, if they use the word invasive don't freak out! It sounds really scary but only means it is capable of spreading and not that it has actually spread. Mine was invasive but they got it all with the lumpectomy. It's only because I also have DCIS and had it before that I'm having a mastectomy. It's because if I got it a third time I would definitely need to have one so don't want to live with that. Let us all know when you get the diagnosis, we are to support if necessary. Good luck!
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Hi Miarose. I completely agree that waiting for the diagnosis is a horrible time. It's only natural to think the worst, but many ladies are diagnosed with benign breast lumps. Fingers and everything else crossed that you get good news on the 9th xx
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We know exactly how you are feeling its horrible.I agree with the other ladies I have done a lot of waiting for results and appointments ,but the waiting in between biopsy and possible diagnosis is the worst time, truly torture.
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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Thanks Jill1998, chascat, kim68 andMollybee 4 wonderful women. Thanks for your posts they are really getting me through this awful time. I'm very grateful to you all. 😃
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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

You're not a div, I only learned some of the abbreviations from reading the messages on here! WLE is wide local excision, or lumpectomy. DCIS is ductal carcinoma in situ, or contained in the milk duct and therefore not invasive. BCN is breast cancer nurse. Unfortunately we do become familiar with all the terms because of being in our situation.
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Good luck for your mastectomy as well, I hope all goes well for you x
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Thanks Mollybee that does sound reassuring. Sorry can you tell me about the abbreviations you put in your previous post. Sorry to sound like such a div! Lol
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It won't be in your bones. Surgeon told me that can only happen when it is in your bloodstream, not from the outside of the bone. This shows how our imagination can be our worst enemy! Sorry you have even more delay, I know it is torture but hope this is a bit reassuring at least.
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Definitely the worst part and yesterday they phoned me and told me they is not enough doctors to see me on the 7th and they will now see me on the 9th! I so fed up of waiting. And yes Mollybee I keep thinking its in my bones as need to my breast bone. Thanks for your advice
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Hi - I think waiting for the results is the worst part.  When I was having the biopsy the dr remarked that my lump was very close to the rib and gave me the impression she thought it was cancer, and I then spent a week with a feeling of doom hanging over me like a black cloud.  I thought if it was close to the rib it would be in my bones.  Waiting in the hospital to see the surgeon I thought I might be sick, I just felt I knew exactly what he was going to say, and he did!  But he reassured me it does not get into the bones that way.  I had WLE a week later and tumour is all gone but have more DCIS.  I'd had DCIS a few years ago as well so this time got the choice of WLE again or mastectomy.  Once I knew what was happening I suddenly felt relieved as I knew exactly what was going to happen.  Having simple mastectomy in 3 weeks.  Nothing has ever been as bad as that week between the biopsy and the results - the imagination goes into overdrive.  You feel more in control when you know what's going to happen.  I have never had that sick feeling again since and I'm sure you will find that the uncertainty is by far the worst bit.  Best of luck for your results.

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Hi Miarose, the waiting really is the pits isn't it, I don't know how I got through it and I only had to wait 3 days for the results, it was very quick at my hospital. I was 43 when diagnosed with a four year old daughter and that was all I could think about, her growing up without me, it was truly terrifying. I went on to have surgery, chemo (recommended due to my age), radiotherapy and now on Tamoxifen, it's 3 1/2 years now since my diagnosis and although the paranoia never goes away life is much easier. There isn't a day goes by when I don't think about it to a greater or lesser degree but it's not the all consuming, hand wringing anxiety that was so prevelant a while back, life kind of gets back to normal. I continued working during my chemo whilst running the house and looking after my 4 year old, myself and my husband had no help - I even took her on days out during the big school summer holidays whilst I was undergoing radiotherapy. If it is cancer (and it may not be) don't fear the treatment, think of it as a gift from our wonderful NHS, we are so lucky. For the majority of us treatment is nowhere near as bad as we feared and as portrayed on the television. Chin up, we're all here to help. Take care CC x

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Thanks kim68, my date for results is 7th July. The hospital said that the surgeons would discuss results on the 6th. I'm 40. Couldn't feel the lump standing up and had some chest pains so when I laid down found a very large hard lump. Also found another small lump in other Breast when doing the ultrasound. Biopsied that as well.
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No of course I don't mind you asking, I've been quite fortunate that although they did diagnose me with cancer it wasn't anything to do with the lump I went for and just an accidental finding whilst they were doing a biopsy on another area, it all happens quite quick once you have a diagnosis, i had a lumpectomy two weeks later which isn't a bad op at all and you are out the same day , I had full results 2 weeks after that which were the same as my biopsy so no more nasty surprises, also they test a couple nodes to check and mine were clear so I was given 3 weeks af radiotheraphy which started about 6 weeks post op as things have to heal, I finished this almost 3 weeks ago and felt fine through out it , I'm also on Tamoxifen tablets as mine was eastrogen positive so this is the only treatment I'm having now and an annual check up and mammogram.
Try not to let your mind run away with you if possible as you could still get a clear result, but even if not its not as horrendous as you would imagine and as Jill rightly says treatment has come a long was over the years and there is so much they can offer you now that we all hope to be here for many years yet! You will find so much support on this site and there isn't a question you could ask that one of us would be able to answer I'm sure, do you have a date for your results and do you mind me asking how old you are? I'm 47 xx
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Hi MiaRose you will find lots of people on this forum who totally understand how you are feeling,it is such a shock and hard to cope with day to day things amongst all of this.You cant help be totally overwhelmed by it.If you do unfortunately get a diagnosis come and join us on the just diagnosed and wanting to talk to people who understand threat in the just diagnosed section and you will get a lot of support.Hopefully you will get good news,but if you don't try and remember as a lady said to me when I made my first post a month ago ,breast cancer treatment has come a long way in the last 10 years and the vast majority of us will survive this,it is scary but you can and will get through it.There are lady's with young children talking on some other threads and the Forum recommends a book to use with young children to help them understand I'm sure they will offer support if you should get bad news.Good luck try and keep busy,always someone on here to talk to .
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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Hi Miarose and welcome to the BCC forums, I am sorry to read that you have this worry

Along with the support here please feel free to call our helpliners to share your concerns, our team are on hand for you today 10-2 and weekdays 9-5 on 0808 800 6000

Take care
Lucy BCC

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Re: Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Thanks kim68,
What happened after you found out? What procedures did you go through if you don't mind me asking.
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Hiya, I was there back in March and it's an awful feeling, you are going to be in a state while you wait but try not to dwell on what you were told as they don't know for sure until they get the results, I was told the opposite to you but mine came back as cancer so they don't always get it right, i got some diazipan from my Dr to help see me through the waiting and they really did help but until I knew for sure I was in panic mode regardless, it's a natural reaction as plenty of the lovely ladies on here will come along and tell you, just try and see each day as one closer to finding out for sure I know it's a brutal couple of weeks but you do get through it and now 4 months on I'm out the other side and life is returning to normal 😊 Xxx
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Newbie waiting for biopsy results, how to cope

Hi everyone,
Had mammogram, ultrasound and core biopsy done on Wednesday. Said it looked suspicious of cancer!!!!! So matter of fact, I was so shocked. How do you wait for results without melting down. I can't stop thinking the worst. I have a five year old daughter who needs me. The mornings and the evenings are the worst. Any suggestions really appreciated. Thank you