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Not sure what to expect

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Charys
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Re: Not sure what to expect

Do whatever you feel 'right' about ...some people like to feel more focused and in control by being alone. In which case, IF you have any reason to need treatment,  it's a good idea to write anything down in brief whilst you are there, as the mind has a habit of going into a 'not really listening' state. I know I did, maybe it's just me ? Lol I do wish you all the best, and hope that your gut feeling is right . X

jaybee45
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Re: Not sure what to expect

Thanks for the advice. My friend did offer to come with me but think i would rather just go on my own. Thank for the positive wishes. Will keep you posted tomorrow. I have a feeling its going to be ok. Fingers crossed x
Arl
Member

Re: Not sure what to expect

Hi Jaybee,
Could I just suggest to you when you go on Thursday for your check, take someone with you for some support, I remember when I got the letter I was worried to, it's just natural. Every hospital is different, I know when I went got told in the one visit, will keep everything crossed that everything is fine for you, but please remember if it isn't please come back and ask whatever you want, no question is daft. All the best, I can't say don't worry because I know you will be, the doctors and nurses are all very nice, I could not fault them, good luck.x
Charys
Community Champion

Re: Not sure what to expect

No, I'm sure they won't ask a few questions and then get you to come back! The idea is that they move on it quite quickly to reduce stress for the patient, and make a diagnosis as soon as they can. As I say many places now do (mine did) the one stop clinic, where you have the full lot from examination to biopsy in one appointment.....if necessary. Aye, we all Google and we all advise others not to, but it doesn't stop anyone as it seems a natural response to look for answers when you have none. You are right though, it won't tell you anything, as until you have been seen by the experts it could be any number of things, many of them benign. X

jaybee45
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Re: Not sure what to expect

Thank you charys and Ann for your replies. I am worried that i they were just going to ask a few question then give me another appt to come back. The waiting is awful. Trying to keep busy. I have googled a bit about armpit lumps and wish i hadnt. Going to stop googling any more. Its making me worse x
Charys
Community Champion

Re: Not sure what to expect

Hiyer,

 

I agree with Ann's post below. The usual start is with you explaining your symptom/noticed changes, and the doctor performing a manual breast examination of both breasts, they will look at you sitting up, and maybe with your arms above your head, and lying down. If they find anything that needs further investigation then a mammogram and maybe ultrasound. If there is still further investigation needed then a biopsy. Derrrrr.....why have I basically just repeated everything Ann said. I have no idea ? ;0) The only thing I would add is that sometimes, in some areas, they don't do the 'one stop get as much done today as possible' clinic method and you have to return for the biopsy if one were to be necessary, then wait a bit longer for resultw. Hopefully you won't need to be going down this route though for a biopsy, but if you do then you will find lots of information and support on this site.  X

ann-m
Community Champion

Re: Not sure what to expect

hi jaybee,
What is done depends on what the dr thinks is necessary to get to the bottom of what is. This would usually include a breast examination & mammogram, with possibly ultrasound & biopsy. The idea is to get any initial investigations done on one appointment. If a biopsy is required then there is a further wait of one or two weeks for the results, but this may not be necessary & they might be able to give you an answer on the day.
Statistically, most results are an 'all clear,' but if further investigation is needed, then you are in the right place to get it sorted.
The waiting is always the worst, but it will get resolved.
Take care
ann x
jaybee45
Member

Not sure what to expect

Hello. This is my first time posting. I am 47 and have been referred by my doctor to breast clinic at my local hospital. I have a small lump in my armpit. My appt is on thurs at 9.20am. Just wondered if anyone knows what to expect. My letter just says to attend outpatients to see consultant at breast clinic but there isnt any mention of what they are going to do. I would have thought if I was getting mammogram or ultrasound then it would have stated in the letter! The waiting is awful and I hope I dont get there on Thurs to just have an examination and then be given another appt to come back for scan etc. I was only at docs last week so havent waited long for referall. Just wondered if anyone can give me their experience of breast clinic appt. Thank you so much ladies x