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so actually I have a question for the btdt folks - so far they've only been looking at the affected breast and those lymph nodes. 

 

But what about the other side? Shouldn't I be getting an ultrasound & mammo on the contralateral side as well at some point? 

 

 

 

That's one of the things that bugged me.  They paid all this attention to my left breast, but zero attention to the right guy.  But when they did the MRI this time, it's automatically both breasts.....so they checked them both.

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I don't know if I want to share but I've already started. My mom, after mastectomy and chemo, recovered for 6 years from bc. Then she didn't.

 

Man, I've gone through too much crap already to have it come down to this. 

Yes, so I found a tiny little thing a couple of weeks ago and forgot about it...but in the meantime I was having pain elsewhere on the bookshelves. So my exam was today and the nice ladies said next week I go for the u/s and mammo. It is for the tiny little thing not the pain. 

 

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I've got my appointment for the consult for biopsy on a "nodule" found on my mammogram and ultrasound just before Thanksgiving. Seems like it never rains but it pours sort of thing. Thanks to this thread I know to ask about getting some of those ice pack thingies.  :thumbup1: Also hoping here for nothing, and for everybody else in the same boat to come back benign and nothing to worry about.

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so actually I have a question for the btdt folks - so far they've only been looking at the affected breast and those lymph nodes. 

 

But what about the other side? Shouldn't I be getting an ultrasound & mammo on the contralateral side as well at some point? 

 

 

 

I actually think it's kind of odd that they didn't do mammo on both breasts. When I went in for my lump, they did both breasts, but they only did ultrasound on the one breast. Maybe it's your age? Are you under 40? That's the only reason I can think of. Maybe insurance doesn't pay in that case?? Just a guess. I was 40 when I went through all that for the first time. 

 

Side note on second opinions: Don't hesitate to get one when you get results. I had to have a second biopsy a couple of years later for a small tumor in my other breast. The pathologist declared it benign, but recommended I have another lumpectomy for some reason. I did some research on this particular tumor and felt like surgery might not be necessary. My OB referred me to a surgeon. I chose to go back to the breast specialist who did my first lumpectomy. She agreed to send my biopsy specimens to a different pathology group at a different hospital. That pathologist determined surgery was NOT necessary and my surgeon agreed. That was huge. I avoided a second surgery. We've "kept an eye" on that tumor, and it hasn't grown or changed, so it's all good so far. 

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I actually think it's kind of odd that they didn't do mammo on both breasts. When I went in for my lump, they did both breasts, but they only did ultrasound on the one breast. Maybe it's your age? Are you under 40? That's the only reason I can think of. Maybe insurance doesn't pay in that case?? Just a guess. I was 40 when I went through all that for the first time. 

 

I'm almost  51. I will definitely put this on the list to ask the doctor about. 

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I've got my appointment for the consult for biopsy on a "nodule" found on my mammogram and ultrasound just before Thanksgiving. Seems like it never rains but it pours sort of thing. Thanks to this thread I know to ask about getting some of those ice pack thingies.  :thumbup1: Also hoping here for nothing, and for everybody else in the same boat to come back benign and nothing to worry about.

 

fwiw,  my u/s guided core biopsy was pretty easy. They gave me an ice pack to leave with and I swapped it for another one at home about an hour later and that was it.  I have a bruise but didn't really experience much pain after. 

 

Hope your radiology team has equally smooth hands & technique! 

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I hope everyone is doing ok and getting good news. 

Mine was not good. Invasive mammary cancer. I'm seeing a surgeon today. I'm so sad & scared

 

& mad! I had to withdraw from my school right before exams. 

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I hope everyone is doing ok and getting good news.

 

Mine was not good. Invasive mammary cancer. I'm seeing a surgeon today. I'm so sad & scared

 

& mad! I had to withdraw from my school right before exams.

I'm so sorry to hear this. I hope that if surgery is in your immediate future, that it goes well and they are able to get clear margins. Praying for an easy recovery and the best possible outcome. Gentle side hugs!

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Oh no.  :(

 

I'm so sorry to hear this, and sad and scared and mad for you, and with you.  

 

Sending hugs and strength.

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Hornblower--my BFF had a clear mammo and then a few months later was diagnosed with invasive cancer in one breast (many ducts affected) and a HER + lump in the other breast. Two different types of cancer in two different breasts. There was some lymph involvement. Surgery, chemo, rad.....and several years later, other than having to take daily hormone suppressors, she is fine.

 

This is hard news, especially during a time when many people are celebrating happy holidays, but there is hope.

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Sorry to hear you had to go down this rabbit trail....one thing to remember is the internet is full of statistics, quite a bit outdated and quite a bit not applicable to your specific case, so don't put a lot of time into worrying at this point.  One thing friends who have gone down this trail recommend is getting any dental work that has been delayed finished.  

 

I'm sorry you had to withdraw...wish I could go to the Dean with you and get incompletes. 

 

 

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:grouphug: I'm so sorry. Having to withdraw from school right before exams just makes it sting even more.   :grouphug:

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So sorry to hear this, hornblower. :grouphug: :grouphug: :grouphug:

 

I was in your shoes with the same sort of invasive BC diagnosis 2 1/2 years ago. I remember the shock...& the "this can't be happening to me" feeling.

 

But...I survived those months of treatment & came out the other side. Today my life is completely normal again apart from a daily hormone repressing pill and regular doctor visits. You will make it through, too!!

 

I'm still praying for you here.

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Sorry to hear you had to go down this rabbit trail....one thing to remember is the internet is full of statistics, quite a bit outdated and quite a bit not applicable to your specific case, so don't put a lot of time into worrying at this point.  One thing friends who have gone down this trail recommend is getting any dental work that has been delayed finished.  

 

I'm sorry you had to withdraw...wish I could go to the Dean with you and get incompletes. 

 

Actually just checked my school mail and got msg from one of my profs that they're working on processing them as incompletes for now. 

 

re dental stuff - I have frigging braces on. I'm about 6 months away from end of ortho treatment. So it's on my list to sort out. Might pull them off & have bonded retainers put in for a bit. I don't know. And yeah, I've heard too that chemo takes a toll on teeth so my dentist will need to be involved. 

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I'm so sorry, hornblower. Sending many good thoughts and well wishes for successful treatment and quick recovery.  :grouphug:  :grouphug:  :grouphug:

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I'm so sorry, Hornblower.

 

But I'm glad you're getting in to see a surgeon so quickly. DH was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. It completely sucks. While there's absolutely nothing good about it, it did help him (and all of us) to get the surgery scheduled and know we had a plan.

 

:grouphug:  :grouphug:  :grouphug:

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