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Unread 11-20-2003, 11:28 AM
Breast mass!?!?!?

The tech doing my mammogram yesterday said she felt a large hard mass in one of my breasts. Should I be worried? Terrified? Should she have said anything? She told me I would receive the results in 10 days. That seems like a long time to be in limbo. I looked breast lumps up on the internet and feel even worse. Although most aren't cancer, mammogram sometimes rules out cancer when it really is. One site said any hard lump can't be ruled non cancerous with a mammogram even if shows it's benign. What???? Why have these done if they don't know anyway? Anyone else had this experience? How did you cope with the fear? I know I'm probably overreacting and she told me not to worry until I get the results but that's easier said than done!
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Unread 11-20-2003, 07:28 PM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Dear ((Mrs. C))

I am sure it must be frightening to have a small bit of information with no confirmation one way or the other.

I recently had an abnormal mammogram and had to go back today for the "special" mammogram and the sonogram. I have so much going on right now (both medical and everyday life) that I had no time to focus on the possibilities and just told myself, worrying won't help and I don't have the time or energy to spend on it either... so I just hoped the odds were in my favor and got on with things.

Mine turned out to be OK with the test today.

I can tell you that everyone I know personally who ended up having breast cancer was expedited through the process almost immediately after the radiologist read the films.... so hopefully if there is an issue they will call immediately when/if the radiologist finds a problem. I don't know if this is the norm everywhere, but the center I went to today lets you know immediately if there is an issue when you have been called back for a re-check....

I do hope everything is OK for you. Please let us know.

Unread 11-20-2003, 09:27 PM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Sarah, Thanks for the reply. The clinic I go to will give immediate results if I have to go back for a re-check. My last mammogram was 6 years ago (stupid me for waiting so long) and they called me in to re-check a lump with a rating of probable. They gave me the all clear that day before I left so I'm sure it's still the same. For some reason this time I'm more worried. I think the fact that I can feel it makes it more real. I know the odds are in my favor but I'm a control freak and it seems like I have no control over this. I guess no news is good news. I'll keep you posted since the only ones I've told are my "sisters"! I couldn't have made it through this year without them.
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Unread 11-21-2003, 08:46 AM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Mrs. C,
I've had a few abnormal mammograms and my experience is that they usually follow up quickly. My most recent mammo in Sept was I will for good results for you.
Unread 11-21-2003, 10:28 AM
Hi there

Mrs. C, I, too was told a large mass was in my breast after my very first mammo in 1998. My doctor actually called me at work and said there was a large mass and I needed to have the "special" mammo done right away.

Needless to say I was terrified and actually had to go home for the day I was so upset! The place I had the "special" mammo done was wonderful and I was putting my shirt back on and the radiologist came in and told me everything was fine. She said that sometimes a bunch of cells just bunch up and it looks like a mass, but it's just a group of cells socializing.

So maybe that's what it is! I'm sorry you have to wait 10 days...we'll be here for you!

Unread 11-21-2003, 09:21 PM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Thanks Kim and Sheila. I appreciate the concern. One good thing about this, I'm trying to stay too busy to think so my Christmas shopping will be done early!
Unread 11-22-2003, 09:02 AM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Dear (((((Mrs. C)))))) I can only imagine how concerned you must be right now

While I've never had this experience myself, my MIL did a few years ago. In her case, she'd been ignoring a very large mass for 2 years. She only went for the mammogram when she received the invitation to do so for the second time. DH urged her to go, reminding her that her sister had had breast cancer only a few years before.

In her case, the mass turned out to be malignant. He're's what happened: while she was told that she'd have the results in 10 days, the hospital called her back a week later. She was told to come in, that day, for an ultrasound and she had a biopsy the next day. Right then and there, the technician went to get a surgeon who explained her options, but she had to wait another week, for the results of the biopsy, before the malignancy was confirmed. She had a radical mastectomy the next week and was very lucky: her kind of cancer was one of the most agressive!!! However, the sac was intact and the lymph nodes weren't affected. She did go through chemo, because there was 50/50 risk of recurrance. That was in 1998 and she's still cancer free.

All that said, this is just to show just how fast the wheels get moving when there is even a risk of malignancy. And this is to show that, when acted upon, the survival rate is very high: over 50% for breast cancer and that's with a 15 year period before declaring a woman cured.

However, I also wanted to say that I've also often heard where masses were investigated and turned out to be benign. As far as I know, mammograms will show masses and will show density and shape, which will be a clue to specialists as to whether or not they are dealing with malignancy (I know this, because, unfortunately, there is a very high rate of cancer in my area and know not only family members, but also friends and acquaintances who have delt or are dealing with this terrible disease). However, other tools, such as ultrasounds and biopsies, need to be used to confirm whether or not you're dealing with a malignant or benign mass.

Hang in there ((((sweetie)))): we're here for you and are ing with you. Hopefully, you are dealing with the same, non-malignant mass as you were dealing with before.
Unread 12-03-2003, 04:18 PM
Ultrasound gives all clear!

After several days in limbo I was called in for an ultrasound and now have the all clear! Couldn't wait to get home and spread the good news. I don't need anything else for Christmas now since I just got the best one ever! Thanks so much ladies, you saved my sanity again!
Unread 12-03-2003, 05:15 PM
Breast mass!?!?!?

Dear Mrs. C.

So glad to hear that you had the all clear!! That is fantastic news and one less thing to worry about over the holidays.

Unread 12-04-2003, 07:29 AM
Breast mass!?!?!?

YAY! I know the feeling! What a relief!

Enjoy your holidays!!

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