I have just been diagnosed with breast cancer from some clacifications in my left breast. I don't have any more specifics yet, but am wondering if there are any current readers who have gone through this and what suggestions and advice they have for what to ask doctors. I have no clue what to expect in terms of procedures, time off work and medications. As a single mom, one big concern is how to manage all that is to come while minimizing the trauma on my 11 year old daughter. Any thoughts? Thank you.
Dear singlemom26, Microcalcifications or calcifications are actually very fine specks of calcium that light up on a mammogram. Sometimes they can be an indication of cancer or precancer. Based on their pattern on the mammogram it gives the radiologist clues as to their cause. For instance microcalcifications that are more scattered are probably due to benign (non-cancerous) causes (such as normal wear and tear on the tissue), a “cluster” of microcalcifications may increase concern that there may be an underlying tumor. Not until these "calcifications" are further evaluated can we for sure say what this is. The next step is likely to be referral to a breast specialist who may recommend a biopsy.
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