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Cancer: Breast board


I was diagnosed with dcis almost 5 years ago. I had lumpectomy, radiation, and am still taking tamoxifen. I had a mammogram done yesterday, there was a suspicious spot, and now my Dr. wants me to get an MRI. I was told that I had hardly any chance of recurrence on the same side. My mom died of breast cancer in 1980; she put off getting a lump checked out because my dad had had a heart attack. By the time she was diagnosed, it was already in her lungs. I am really scared. Has anyone else had to have the MRI under similiar circumstances that turned out to be negative?
[QUOTE=brwe;2873017]I was diagnosed with dcis almost 5 years ago. I had lumpectomy, radiation, and am still taking tamoxifen. I had a mammogram done yesterday, there was a suspicious spot, and now my Dr. wants me to get an MRI. I was told that I had hardly any chance of recurrence on the same side. My mom died of breast cancer in 1980; she put off getting a lump checked out because my dad had had a heart attack. By the time she was diagnosed, it was already in her lungs. I am really scared. Has anyone else had to have the MRI under similiar circumstances that turned out to be negative?
I had breast cancer treated by lumpectomy, chemo and radiation on the left side in 1990, 16 years ago. I found a large lump under my right arm 7 months ago and had a needle biopsy, which came back positive for cancer. It had been so many years since my first cancer that I thought I was home free. I've had an MRI, bone scan, all the tests which show that my new cancer has not spread past my lymph nodes on the right side. I've had a double mastectomy and I'm on chemo now. My case is unusual, as my tumor came back in the left breast-the original site, by-passed the right breast and spread only to the lymph nodes on the right side. If I had followed my doctors advice and had my regular follow-up exams, this might not have happened. As it is, I'm very lucky that my new cancer has not spread farther.
I would advise you to have the MRI. Don't wait. You already have a history and it's always better to know for sure.
Thanks for your response. I did schedule the MRI for next week. So far, I have been diligent with my checkups and mammograms, but haven't had a pap smear in at least two years. I believe that tamoxifen increases the chance of cervical cancer, so I will definitely get that done as well. I wish you all the best.