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I'm so pleased for you. This website and forum have given me the strength to fight my cancer. Whether you end up having cancer or not, this site is invaluable. Thank you for donating to the charity.

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I got my result and it is the news I hoped for......the changes in the calcifications were benign changes and I don't need to go back to the hospital.    Thanks girls for all your support these past 4 months.    I don't know what I would have done without you.    Good luck in your results, treatment etc.   You will all be in my prayers.  Take care.

 

I am away to donate because without Breast Cancer Care Forum I would have been more depressed than I ended up being.

 

Thank you ALL.

 

Linda (Hotlips50) X

 

P.S.  Although I am OK....I will still pop on from time to time to support others in my position.

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Good luck. I've been following this conversation and you are in my prayers. x

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Today's the day of the meeting at hospital.....hopefully the waiting game is almost over for me anyway x

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Sounds like a protracted business, Linda.  You certainly deserve a holiday and, whatever the results of the biopsy, I hope you book something and have a lovely time.

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Hey Skinnyminx....I have read with interest all that u write. From chatting to hospital they have a meeting every Monday to discuss the Pathology Reports and decide what action if any is necessary. I will eventually receive a letter with the result. If I am called back my hubbie will come in with me. He has been to all my appointments. This has been ongoing since Sept 2013.....6 months later and I still dont know whether I have good cells or bad cells. Hopefully within next 2 weeks we should know. I will thereafter be able to nook a holiday hopefully....you just never know. Watch this space and thanks again for ur support. Linda x

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I think they do not give out some information unless asked because some patients simply do not want to know and that is entirely their perogative.  This was the case with my mother-in-law who remained blissfully ignorant throughout. 

 

When I was diagnosed, I wanted to know lots but did not want to know their estimation of how long the cancer had been present or percentage survival rates of a person with my specific diagnosis - therefore I did not ask these things and was not told and that's just how I like it. 

 

You are not being "forward" by asking for information pertaining to your case.  Please ask as many questions as you need to get the picture that you want - it's your body, your health, your future.  

 

Have you been taking anyone with you to appointments?  I just wondered as another set of ears is always handy especially as you mentioned your hearing isn't so good.  Prior to each appointment my husband and I typed up a list of the questions to which we wanted answers.  We printed off two copies.  I used one to refer to during the consultation and I asked the questions; my husband wrote down the answers so that we could refer to them later if required.  There is no reason why a friend or relative cannot be present at all types of appointments, although because of radiation risk he/she wouldn't be allowed into the room when/if you have mammogram, CT or radiotherapy or any other radiation-related procedures.  I had someone in the same room with me throughout: consultant appointments, ultrasound, biopsies, MRI, chemo suite, waiting rooms for mammography, radiotherapy and CT.

 

Wishing you all the best. 

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Thanks girls I really appreciate it. I just dont like to be too forward in asking for something no one has asked for before. Just like I have never been shown the clusters they are testing although I did ask the radiographer what they looked like and also why they instructed a biopsy. Really....they tell you nothing....hence why I ask questions. My hearing isnt great and it would help me to understand what they were testing and why. Its been 12 days since my 2nd biopsy and still no result. I called today but did not get a call back.

 

Linda (Hotlips50) x

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Thanks Magical moon here's the link to the publication you mentioned to Linda:

https://www2.breastcancercare.org.uk/publications/diagnosed-breast-cancer/understanding-your-patholo...

Best wishes
Lucy BCC

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Hello Linda,
YES. I asked my breast surgeon for a copy of my pathology report on the day I went to see her to discuss my results after my WLE/SNB operation. She gave a copy to me straight away. However, I have heard that some ladies have found it more difficult to obtain from their hospitals.
I needed to see the details of my pathology report in black and white. It is just how I am. I wanted to do as much research on my type of cancer as I could and having the report enabled me to do this. More importantly, it helped me to come to terms with my diagnosis and treatment plan.
Some ladies do not wish to know the details because it frightens them too much. For this reason, I can appreciate why Doctors do not hand out pathology reports as a matter of course. We are all different.
I know that I would not have been happy without my pathology report. Reading the details enabled me to ask my breast surgeon and oncologist more precise questions to put my mind at rest. I am so grateful my breast surgeon, oncologist and radiologist were so helpful.
BCC also have a booklet on Understanding Your Pathology Report.
M x

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Absolutely you can get a copy of your pathology report.  I asked my BCN and she printed it off for me and handed it over.  Your consultant should explain as much detail as you want to know so ask plenty of questions if you want the detail.  Likewise you should have copies of any letters between the hopsital and your GP if you want them. 

 

All the best.

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I am expecting the result of my second biopsy this week. Can I ask for a copy of the Pathology Report? Has anyone asked for this or did your doc just say benign or malignant?  I would appreciate your comments.

 

Thanks

 

Linda (Hotlips50)