LOL Funny in a way , but not funny....their simple mistakes make such a massive difference to the person at the other end of the line. I'm glad its all sorted out and your mammo was normal....SUCH a relief!
The annoying thing about recall letters, so I was told, is that the recall could be for anything....the images were no good, they want to compare another set of images from a second mammogram, there is something benign they can see (remember it is a breast clinic, not a breast cancer clinic, so they deal with all sorts of problems), there is something they'd like to biopsy 'just to be sure'. My Mum was recalled and it was a 'shadow' on the image, so they re-did the mamo to be sure. I can entirely see why you are very anxious, being recalled is a horrible place to be....you'd rather just have written in black and white why they are recalling you, otherwise your brain naturally goes into overdrive.
What numbers have you been given on the letter? A consultant's secretary ? The clinic? The reason I ask is that I its perfectly valid to ring someone for clarification on this matter, because, lets be honest you'd just rather know what is going on even if there is something suspect?!
It does seen like your local breast clinic is struggling with timescales, they must be quite busy to get a recall letter after 3 weeks, it usually should be within the first 14 days for a recall for something suspect. The fact that your appointment (for another mammogram?) is in 4 weeks, I reckon either means they are really busy with patients or they don't think it's urgent. I think you should find someone to call, explain you are so incredibly worried and 4 weeks is a long time to wait after recall.
thanks for your reply.
when I was originally referred it was under the two week rule. 18 months ago I was referred, and at that appointment I had a mammogram, and an ultrasound at that appointment. I was told at the time I had cysts. So this time I found it strange that they just wanted to have a prod about and then made me wait three months before they did a mammogram. So do they usually compare my mammogram from this time, from the previous visit 18 months ago??
Well it's good you are being properly checked out. It sounds like you were not referred under the 2 week rule, but had a non urgent or 'standard referral, hence the longer wait.
It's not unusual to get a recall letter after mammogram, especially if it's your first one, as they don't have a comparison, it just means something needs a closer look & mostly, it is Not bc.
Easier said than done, but just try to carry on as normal, avoid google & try to distract yourself.