Just to reassure you, I believe a lot of breast cancer treatment ends with a final scan, a just-in-case which generally brings that final bit of reassurance.
Best of luck x
Awww I feel for you… SCAn anxiety is almost unbearable I’m in kinda the same area as you, I’m awaiting a back xray result, ( and all weekend I’ve felt I’m back to day one with the news of cancer!)
I requested a referral to see my spinal surgeon ( Ive had severe scoliosis/with rods and fusion since I was a teenager) so I’m always in pain, it’s nothing new… but now I’ve had aggressive breast cancer ( still in treatment. My last herceptin is Tuesday actually) the GP was ‘well check for Mets in case’… anxiety activated! I’m thankful that they’re hyper alert but I really thought I’d have a little bit of a breather so close to finishing treatment, I had a complete response to chemo with targeted therapy and masectomy with lymph’s removed and radiation now endocrine therapy… all of it. Just wanted a mental break for a bit 😏☹️
any pain here on in, is always going to be a ‘what if?’ Hey?!? 😰
Uncertainty is ever present for anyone diagnosed with breast cancer whatever the size of the tumour, the grade and number of lymph nodes involved (or not).
A lot of medics have been in their careers a long time and they know what a typical breast cancer case looks like. It might surprise you that most breast cancer deaths are in women aged 75 and over.
the latest stats indicate white ethnic groups have higher rates of breast cancer deaths. People in lower economic groups are more likely to die of breast cancer too, if I have got my facts right from the latest data on the Cancer Research UK website. Admittedly it does only go up to 2019
We all know there are outliers. But that's what they are and they don't happen very often. The chances of this being exactly what two medical professionals are thinking it is are quite high. But because they can't be certain your oncologist has decided on a scan to confirm. That is proper medical procedure and although scananxiety is so understandable it also doesn't mean anything is wrong. But if you need help coping with your fears don't hesitate to seek it. This diagnosis is life changing and there is no going back to what you were before regardless of your prognosis. We all need help and support coping with that although at different levels. If you need a little more help than what you are being given right now, ask your oncologist for it with no shame whatsoever. This fear doesn't mean you're weak. It means you're human.
I just think don't trust because when i found out i had dcis i was told very unlikely cancer.
Then it was.
Then told by all these people this week its a cyst and skin repairing then see oncologist to tell me to have another ultrasound and biopsy as might be something else its who do you bekieve.
Rant away. It’s therapeutic!
I’m not sure what you don’t believe - that it is or that it isn’t a recurrence BUT I would say stop poking and prodding. It really does make things more painful.
I would also say that professionals don’t say things to soothe you but to reassure you of the facts. So if they are all saying it’s unlikely, why not trust their judgment? They are being extremely thorough in checking, I’m impressed.
If you fear metastasis, the fact it it is more likely to occur in the liver, bones or brain, not the breast. Mine is in the medial canthus - nowhere near the breast - and I had heavy node involvement at my initial diagnosis. Obviously I can’t diagnose but I’d say trust your team and their expertise and try not to listen to your amygdala! Wishing you reassuring results and peace of mind xx
Had DCIS and 8mm cancer clear nodes.
Didn't tell me to have chemo as not sure would benefit for hormone cancer.
Team oncologist recommended paying for oncotype test which thankfully came back low score.
Only offering 1% extra to other treatment im on and low recurrence.
Had lumpectomy and 2 lymph nodes removed.
15 rounds of radiation now on letrazole for next 5 to 10 years.
Im 6 months since last op had no issues or pain.
But 6 weeks ago slight pain at night in my breast when i layed on my side just a niggle.
Few days before xmas thought slightly worse but not ouch.
Kept feeling my breast thought hard nr scar and puckering of course thinking come back.
In the last 10 days had 2 ultrasounds and mammogram all saying cyst and hardening skin healing.
Go to oncologist who said the same but sure enough shes always got a BUT now wants another ultrasound and results on that maybe a biopsy so peed off.
Breast care nurse saying in all her years never heard anyones cancer coming back so quick after only finishing radiation 3 months ago.
Im at the stage i dont believe anyway.