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Ultrasound shadowing

I had my yearly mamogram (mammogram), followed by ultrasound. I did not know that the year before they had found shadowing on my left breast at
5 o:clock. They said they wanted another look to see if it was still there, it iwas. It is the same
size, now they want to do a vaccum biopsy. The radiologist said it was most probably cancer. I am angry I was not told this last year. I don't know if I trust them, what should I do?
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I don't blame you for being angry.  If it was there last year, why wasn't something done then?  What if you had not returned for a mamo this year?  They dropped the ball.  I would find a breast expert for second opinion.
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Hi,
Sometimes benign looking lumps like cysts or fibroadenomas or other, can appear as a shadow on a mammogram and it could be that it wasn't necessary a year ago, to proceed with a biopsy, but just needed to be monitored.But I agree with you that you should have been told about this abnormality even though it didn't look alarming.I am surprised though that the  radiologist did not issue a report to you or to your doctor, mentioning this shadow in your previous mammogram.
I would ,if I were you, seek a second opinion preferably a "Breast Specialist",if you don't trust your radiologist.
You don't say what was your BI-RADS score in your previous or latest mammogram.
Even when a lump is suspicious looking to a radiologist,no one can really know for sure what it could be, until a biopsy is performed and many suspicious lumps could turn up benign.
I really don't know what to tell you,except that I hope that your biopsy will be uneventful and the results favorable.
Wishing you all the best....and good luck!
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Thank-you for all your comments, I was not even aware of a BI-RADS score. I live in a small town, so there really isn't a breast specialist. I recieved a letter from the hospital last year saying my mamo results were normal, maybe. But the ultrasound wasn't.....I am going to the imaging center Monday morning, I will ask about the BI-RADS score, and try to get the vaccum biopsy scheduled.again thank-you
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I just want emphasize that just because the radiologist said it was probably cancer doesn't mean it is. I would question that especially since it's the same size as it was last year. Ultrasound and mammograms show different things and it could very well be a benign mass like zouzi said. There are many women who are told "it's most likely cancer" who end up with benign results,so there's always reason to be hopeful. Even if the results are positive, it would be caught very early and highly treatable If it is, and it's still a big IF until the biopsy confirms what it is, I would recommend maybe traveling to a bigger city for your care if you don't really trust your imaging center.We all know how difficult it is, but try to stay positive and try not to stress too much. We'll be thinking of you and wishing you all the best. Please let us know how you're doing if you wish.
Sending you a big hug (    ),
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If this biopsy is positive I am going to go to Phoenix to cancer treatment centers of America. If I can talk them into taking my b/c b/s insurance
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My biopsy is tomorrow afternoon. Very nervious, fighting so many feelings. What if, what if. My Bi-RADS went from a 2 last year to a 4 this year. My report last year (which I picked up at the hospitlal yesterday) said I should be seen in 3-6 months. No one told me, the letter I received from the hospital said my reults were normal. Anger won't change anything. I will deal with this and then confront who dropped the ball, mainly for the next woman.
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Good luck on your biopsy tomorrow.
A BI-RADS score 4,means that the abnormality is suspicious,but nothing more than that.Keep in mind that many biopsies done on suspicious lumps return a benign finding.
You will get the results within a week,or even less and I hope that the findings will be favorable to you.
Sending you my best wishes... :)
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You are very wise not to let your anger get in the way of taking care of yourself first. There will be time for resolving the issues of not being advised of follow up after you have your biopsy and know the results. Other women who don't have to experience what you had to can have you to thank. I'm adding my best wishes to everyone else's, brandnuday! I hope you have an easy biopsy experience and benign results!
Thinking of you,
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I had my biopsy yesterday afternoon, pretty much a piece of cake physically. Just waiting for results, Let you know when I hear. hoping for the best, prepare for the worst. One thing I will tell anyone who gets a mamogram (mammogram). ask for a copy of the report. This would not have been found had I not had a ultrasound, it did not show on the mamogram (mammogram).
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Glad to hear the biopsy went well--I'm hoping the results will good news for you, too.
Your advice to ask for a copy of your mammo reports is a VERY good one---there's no chance of it "falling through the cracks" if someone sends the wrong letter or doesn't advise you on follow up. I have all my mammo, MRI and path results for just that reason. It also helps when you're sent to various specialissts to have the reports with you. They can
always get them, but it's just more efficient to have them there to copy. I'd also advise everyone that if they don't get results on any test, don't assume "no news is good news"---foloow up with your doctor. They're human, too, and sometimes things can get missed.
Good luck, brandnuday, and I'll be thinking of you.
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The waiting is is so nerve racking. A girl who does my billing in my business, just finished her last chemo, (breast cancer) the very next day her mother had a stroke and died. This is poor girl. I am so glad she had finished her chemo, still has reconstruction on her breast to go through.
Thank you for all your encouraging words I will post as soon as I hear.
Hugs to all!
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I want to let everyone know I got my results yestereday and the biopsy showed no cancer. I couldn't stop crying with relief. I almost feel guilty for all of you who are dealing with this disease. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
God Bless!!
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Hello!
These are wonderful good NEWS!!
I am really soooooo glad that you finally found relief!
Cries of joy are always welcome.
I wish you a long and healthy life, free of worries!
All the best to you brandnuday!  :)
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Thank you so much for sharing your GOOD news----I'm really HAPPY for you!!!!
I know you've learned a lot from this experience and  will take good care of yourself!
Wishing you all the very best,
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