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    Old 06-11-2004, 07:16 AM   #1
    jillian357
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    Question What are the odds in your opinion?

    Hi everyone,
    I am a new poster here. I am 37 years old, and here is a brief rundown of my story:
    On My 25th at my annual exam my gyno found a mass in my right breast. He sent me for a mammo and ultrasound. It feels to be about the size of a small marble, and I didn't know it was there. The mammo didn't show anything, but the report stated my breast tissue is very dense and could easily hide a small lesion. The ultrasound did show a mass.
    I went back to the doc this past Tuesday for a recheck and to go over the test results. He wanted to see if the mass changed at all during different hormonal cycles. It's hasn't. He said the ultrasound showed it wasn't a cyst, and that it has "undefined margins". He is sending me to a surgeon, and I go next Tuesday for a consult. My doc did say not to wait on this, to NOT have a "wait and see approach".
    Should I request a total lumpectomy, or would a simply biopsy do? Which is best in your opinion?
    Needless to say I am fearing the worst. My Mom died of cancer at age 56, but it didn't originate in her breast, but in her lungs. By the time they found her cancer it was pretty much everywhere. Her sister (my Aunt) had breast cancer in both breasts back in the 70's and had a double mastectomy. She is still alive and kicking in her late 60's. I have one aunt as well as a cousin on my father's side that also have had breast cancer.
    I know no one here is a doctor, but I was wondering if anyone has any opinions on what you think the chances are that it may be cancer? I am really trying not to think the worst, but I also am preparing myself for what it may be.
    In any event, thanks for listening to my story. This has certainly shaken me up quite a bit. You ladies are truly inspiring.
    ~Jill

     
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    Old 06-11-2004, 04:26 PM   #2
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    Re: What are the odds in your opinion?

    Hi there Jillian,

    I'm a 27 yr old breast cancer survivor, diagnosed at 25. In my opinion, have the lumpectomy because a mass can be composed of several types of cells: invasive cancer, carcinoma in situ, and even benign tissue. If you opt for a core needle biopsy, what happens if the surgeon samples a part that is benign and you go home thinking there is no problem. When my tumors were biopsied they were composed of all three types of cells I listed above. I'm so glad that I had the lumpectomy b/c my surgeon was better able to treat me knowing what he was really dealing with.

    I hope your biopsies come back negative! I know it's scary, but remember, even if it does turn out to be cancer it doesn't mean you're getting a death sentence! I'm fine now, and so are millions of other women. I'll be thinking of you!

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    Old 06-12-2004, 03:10 AM   #3
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    Hi Jillian
    I know exactly how you feel as I am going through the same thing myself. I saw a breast surgeon 2 weeks ago and have to wait until Thursday of next week for scan guided needle biopsy. My mammogram said "sharply defined lesion on intra-mammary lymph node". I was totally freaked out as my 57 yr old mother had a doulbe masectomy 1 year ago and her mother died from breast cancer at 49. I am 39.
    I didn't like the sureons attitude at all and felt as though he trivialised my fears. I am not happy about having a needle biopsy, given my family history I would much rather have a lumpectomy. I also think that because I was near the end of my cycle when I saw the surgeon that the lump was less defined because my breast were very "full" and I also suffer from cysts. I can't tell you how concerned I am and I am actually thinking of going to my nearest capitol city (1300 kms away) and hving this dealt with there.
    I wish you all the best for your situation and please let us know how you go.

    Sue.

     
    Old 06-13-2004, 06:51 AM   #4
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    Jill, I am a 45 yr old woman who has had 2 lumpectomies. My 1st they tried to aspirate due to they thought it was a cyst, which they couldn't, so they sent me to a doctor specifically dealing with breast cancer. My mother has had breast cancer and is now cancer free, and this Doc is her Doc as well. I too have very dense breasts, and is very difficult to determine whats there. The surgery is really not that bad at all, and, as the previous person said, taking it all out resolves any issues. Currently I have a few cysts, which are just mointored, due to cysts are basically begnin. If you have a family history, have had numerous lumpectomies, dense breasts, issues like this, it's best to see a specialist. I have a mammogram, then 6 mos. later a ultra sound, I am examed 2x a year. I was even given the option of starting on Taxofimon (spel?) which is a anti tumor drug used for breast cancer, or as a preventive measure with people @ high risk, but I chose to have more exams, I wasn't quite sure I wanted to chance the side effects. There is a calculator, called the "Gail Monitor" that a Doctor can fiqure your odds for breast cancer on, you can even look that up on the internet...I did, after my Doc fiqured out my odds, and sure enough, my results were the same as hers Good Luck with everything!....Debi

     
    Old 06-15-2004, 11:34 AM   #5
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    Hello everyone,
    First of all I wanted to thank you all for replying to my post, as the advice and support was very much appreciated.
    I did go visit the surgeon today and he agreed the lump needs to come out. While he really doesn't suspect it to be cancerous, he said it would be better to know for sure by totally removing the mass to see what we are dealing with.
    Best of luck to everyone, and thanks again.........

     
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