I turned 50 in Nov 07. I was diagnosed with BC in Dec 07. I had a needle biopsy early Dec 08. About 4 days later I received the call that it was not good news.
I do not recall it being painful or uncomfortable. I was given Liodcane prior to, several shots of it.
I had a Bi-Lateral Mastectomy in Feb 08. I had the injections to look at the Sentenial Node on each side and my cancer had not spread to either node.
It was only found in my right breast but I had both done to be sure.
I had immediate reconstruction, and I am doing well.
It is AMAZING what our mind does when we have to endure uncomfortable procedures and at least with myself, I just went to another place where nothing was wrong and it helped so much.
FYI, I had my annual Mammogram the first week of Nov 07 and the report came back approximately one week later, all clear and "see you next year". Thanksgiving night, before going to bed, I performed my own self-breast exam and found a lump at 11:00 of my nipple.
For anyone reading this, DO THOSE SELF EXAMS.....It saved my life.
Good luck and my prayers will be with you.
I don't know how old you are; I'm 56 & just had the lumpectomy to L breast with radiation soon to come (not really happy about radiation risks). Sometimes I wish I had a double Mast. with same day reconstruction to have 2 reconstructed breasts. At the time it seemed like way too much surgery. I heard the results can be really excellent, and most likely you wont need radiation treatment.. I wish there were a video to watch so I could see the actual results of both options. I was shocked to see my 4 inch scar for the the sentinel node biopsy, some people have a tiny incision. The good thing is my cancer was small/early and so is yours. Try attending a support group meeting, there are bound to be some people who have done both & it may help you to make a decision. Be strong, there are alot of us out here going through what you are going through.
I, too, just had a stero on 2 micro sites in R breast. L breast removed 17 yaers ago. I was on table for 2 hours - it was very painful especially the lidocaine which they had to give me 5 shots of I think. I am very bruised and it bled a lot. The results were DCIS and now debting between lumpectomy or mastectomy. I am not sure I can handle getting a mammo every 6 mo with the fear that breeds. It looks like even if i get radiation and lumpectomy - it will probably return b/c I have the predisposition to get b/c. Scary always - when everyone around you is fine and enjoying the summer. Friends mean well but "they don't have it" so probably relieved. It is a very isolated feeling.
I too consider myself to have a very high pain tolerance. In an attempt to perform the stereotatic bioposy on my left breast, I was squeezed and squished in the most awful way for over an hour as they tried to get the site set. All the reading I did up on this procedure beforehand did not mention how painful it can be when they have to push on your ribs. After this agonizing time, it was determined that because of the location being on/near my chest wall and the small size of my breast, that I needed to have a surgical biopsy with wire localization. I am still have pain & soreness especially on my ribs almost 2 weeks later. I have a surgical consult tomorrow. It is very scary as I have never had any surgery before. I hope your results come back okay.
Mine was not painful at all just really uncomfortable. what kind did you have?
I just had my biopsy done yesterday - wondering how you made out. Was also looking around to see if anyone else found this painful - I did and today has been too. I have a thyroid one scheduled for tomorrow and now I'm worried about that pain too. Usually I have a high treshold.
Hope your bipsy came back as negative for "C". Wishing you well. I get my results next week.
Microcalcifications can be an indication of a benign condition as well as a cancerous finding. There is no way to speculate as to which will be the case with your biopsy. You should have your results in a few days. Regards ....