Posted by NAW on Mar 12, 2012 4:58 pm
My doctor is sending me to a surgeon at Juravinski as they suggest a biopsy be done.
My appt is next Wednesday.
Can anyone share their stories with me. My mother is a breast cancer survivor.
I just dont know what to expect from my first appointment.
Thank you all!
Posted by Joanne_53 on Mar 12, 2012 9:56 pm
Posted by copswifeoffour on Mar 11, 2013 1:49 pm
Posted by Julie_admin on Mar 11, 2013 5:52 pm
It is very normal to be scared when going through diagnostic tests. I am hoping another member who has gone through an ultrasound-guided breast biopsy can give you some information about what to expect.
Having this test may not mean that another lump was detected, however, they often use imaging to guide them to an area to ensure they are biopsying the correct tissue and include the lump (or part) in the biopsy sample that is taken.
You may be interested in reading more about diagnostic tests in our Canadian Cancer Encyclopedia. I think you want to read about the wire localization or stereotactic biopsy.
I wish you all the best.
Posted by journeys on Mar 18, 2013 7:52 pm
I also lost my mom to colon cancer about 4 months after she was diagnosed. That was in '95.
I hope they find that it is benign but if it is not, you will have lots of support out there if you reach out for it. We are here, afterall! Good luck with everything.
Posted by Harley on Apr 13, 2013 11:35 pm
Posted by Bexx on Sep 17, 2020 10:49 pm
Posted by Wendy Tea on Sep 17, 2020 11:18 pm
In non covid times, I was 2 months from a routine mammogram to surgery at a cancer center. Does this help?
Posted by Bexx on Sep 18, 2020 2:52 am
judt nit sure if I wait as expected or try to get this moving faster ?
Posted by Cherry on Sep 18, 2020 8:20 am
my mammogram n ultrasound looked normal too but my surgeon didn’t want to take a chance nor bother to call me again so he insisted on doing a biopsy the same day itself, Had a needle biopsy in his consultation room. And it all came positive.
one friend of mine was in a similar situation as yours , did not want to wait 6 months, she flew back home and got done the biopsy as well as the surgery then came back and continued the rest of the treatment. Do not delay try n push them to do it fast - cherry
Posted by Runner Girl on Sep 18, 2020 8:21 am
I am sorry you find yourself here. You are right to be concerned and asking questions. I have a couple of stories to share that might give you a little piece of mind.
I was 52 when diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018. After all my treatments at my first follow up mammogram/ultrasound I was told I had 2 lesions in my left breast that would require immediate biopsy, my cancer was on the right side. My oncologist told me that they were too small to biopsy and that he wanted me to wait 6 months and have another ultrasound to see if there had been any change. Tough 6 months to get thru. At my next ultrasound I requested to speak with the radiologist because I needed to know what they were seeing and was not willing to wait until my next doctor appointment. I was advised that there was no change, they were considered benign. I've just had another 6 month ultrasound and they are still the same so not something I need to worry about.
When I was 40 I was sent for my baseline mammogram. I was called back for a closer look. Something was amiss so I was sent for a core biopsy, they actually took 12 cores. I did not have cancer, but I did have atypical lobular hypoplasia in my left breast. If left in place it would have become breast cancer in 10-15 years so I opted to have a lumpectomy and have it removed. It is my belief that the above mentioned lesions they see in my current mammogram/ultrasound may be scar tissue from this earlier procedure.
Your timeline does not seem to be extremely elongated. In 2018 my lumps were found in March, my biopsy was near the end of April and my diagnoses confirmation was in early May, with surgery 2 weeks later. Things are taking a bit longer with Covid and I know, having been in your situation, that answers cannot come quickly enough.
Not all things they find are cancer, but it is very hard to convince our minds of that fact. What may be true for one person is not necessarily true for another. Please try to look at your situation as unique, because you are a unique individual. Go with what you know for certain and try not to let your mind wander too far to the dark side. Yes, there is a chance it might be cancer, but there is also and equal chance that it is not.
Posted by Essjay on Sep 18, 2020 8:48 am
We totally get the agonizing about what is happening when you have to wait to hear if something is or isn’t cancer. It causes a lot of anxiety, and it’s hard to think about anything else but distraction is your friend. I renovated our kitchen as I waited for my biopsy and the results. I felt a lump in early June (Age 49), saw my doc a couple of weeks later, mammogram and ultrasound the following day, core biopsy 5 weeks later, diagnosis 10 days later, surgery 11 weeks after that ( mine was aggressive Triple negative, caught at stage 1).
The thing about breast cancer is that the majority grow slowly - that’s why we only need screening mammograms every few years. An oncologist told me that most cancers grow over about ten years from a few cells to a palpable mass. So, watching and waiting and not rushing to biopsy or surgery makes sense. Watching and waiting to see if something changes, or even goes away in the case of cysts, is less invasive for us. But it doesn’t help with the anxiety.
It sounds like you are getting good care. They have followed up what is seen on your mammogram. When I was sent for a biopsy the radiologist told me he couldn’t say for definite it wasn’t cancer and that’s why he wanted it checked, but that 70% lumps are benign and he thought it was benign. The radiologist who did my biopsy also said she thought I’d probably had it for years and that it was likely benign. In my case, I turned out to be in the 30% lumps that are cancer, and in the 10-15% of women with triple negative rather than in the majority, but that doesn’t mean you will be.
I have learned to focus on what I know today through this journey.
When I went for my biopsy all I knew was that I had a lump that needed to be checked out. When my doctors office phoned to ask me to come in for the results and the same day the breast health centre phoned to arrange an appointment to see a surgeon all I knew was that my lump was something that needed to be removed. I tried not to let my mind go to the dark side...
You can check how your province is doing in terms of timelines on the CIHI.ca website if that helps you to know if your experience of waiting is normal.
You could also ask about being put on a wait list in case there’s a cancellation over the next few weeks to get a biopsy sooner.
Do stay in touch and let us know how you get on.
Best wishes, Essjay
Posted by Hazewind on Sep 18, 2020 3:55 pm
i found my lump in April 2018, I called my GP for an appt and the clinic got me in to see her within 4 days. She set up a referral to our "local cancer clinic" as she said they know what they are looking for. It was scheduled 2weeks later but i called my GP again and she had them move up the date for the following week. "The squeaky wheels get the grease". So please speak up. So in my case, the day i went to the cancer hospital, they did the mammogram, then the ultrasound. Then they asked me, if id submit for a punch biopsy there at that time or would i like to come back another day. I said " Hell no, i want it done right now if it helps get it diagnosed asap. Lets get the war against the possible cancer started asap". So they did it the same day. "Invasive Ductal carcinoma". Mine was extremely fast growing. Im glad i spoke up. Got things sorted out right away. Had my surgery 25thJuly 2018. So far so good !!!!
Posted by Bexx on Sep 18, 2020 6:32 pm
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Posted by JustJan on Sep 19, 2020 8:51 am
There is no doubt that this is extremely anxiety provoking and what you are feeling is normal. I pray for benign results, but if not, you have a place in this group where you will find good information but most of all great support.
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