Hi There, I had a screening mammogram two Saturdays ago and got called back on Wed of last week. I went in yesterday for additional views followed by an ultrasound. The mammo showed some asymmetrical density in my left breast in the outer, upper quadrant. There is no lump, no calcifications just this dense area. I should mention that have fibrocystic breasts. The radiologist said she had a very low level of concern but that a biopsy was warranted to be 100% sure it is benign. I had the biopsy the same day (the radiologist squeezed me in, I think because she treated my mom when she had breast cancer). Biopsy was physically no big deal, but now that I am waiting for the results I am a complete disaster. I am so scared I can barely function. My mom says the radiologist wouldn't have said she was not overly concerned if she thought it were cancer...that she is just being totally thorough. I am convinced I am going to find out I have breast cancer. I am supposed to get results tomorrow or Thursday but I am terrified to even pick up the phone.
Experienced radiologists have a pretty good idea when viewing Mammograms and Ultrasounds imagery.
Because you have a family history of breast cancer,the radiologist,even though she wasn't too concerned,wanted to proceed with a biopsy just to make sure.
You are receiving excellent medical care and I am glad that you had a biopsy just to put my mind at ease.
Your mom is right,the radiologist would not have even hinted " a very low level of concern"if she wasn't almost sure ,but as you well know,only a pathologist report has the final say.
Try to stay calm and please don't stress yourself by assuming that you have cancer,because you could be very wrong.Please let us know about your results. I hope it will be favorable to you.
Best wishes and good LUCK!
Thank you for your quick response. I should hear something today or tomorrow. I am still very scared...stayed up all night crying but I am prepared to deal with whatever the outcome is. It doesn't help that one of my dearest friends passed away in November from leukemia. She was 40 years old and had two boys the same age as mine. Another friend aged 44 has terminal pancreatic and liver cancer. I am totally overwhelmed.
I am SO sorry to hear that you've had so many important people's lives touched by cancer. It's easy to understand your fear, but I hope you'll try to just keep busy and not stress too much until you get your biopsy results. You can just take one step at a time, and please know that people are here to support you. I agree that the radiologist wouldn't say she thought it was benign if she didn't really believe that. It is so much better to be sure than to have that density just sitting there as an "unknown". Try to stay positive and I hope you hear good news very quickly!
The results are in and everything is normal! I burst into tears w the doctor still on the phone! I am so relieved. Thank you to everyone who replied. It helps to know you're not alone going through these things. Wow, I am just so grateful! And exhausted too. This waiting sure takes its toll. I wish there was a way to help alleviate people's anxiety. I really feel for all of us who have to go through it.
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