I'm new here. I don't even know that i should be posting here as i have not been diagnosed with breast cancer. However, i'm not sure where to turn at this point. I found a lump in my left breast back in September. I'm only 34 and i know the statistics and chances are low that it's cancer. I also stopped nursing my son about 6 months ago. I wasn't really worried at first, but finally at the end of november i made an appt. with my doctor and he felt the lump as well. I had the ultrasound done last Friday (Dec. 7) and the sonographer told me to expect to have results in a week. It's funny because i was perfectly calm about all of this until the u/s and now i feel like a nervous wreck. I did see a few things on the u/s, but of course i don't have a trained eye. I keep thinking that the u/s tech, that while she can't diagnose anything, is probably able to recognize when there's a problem and if she were concerned she would red flag it for the radiologist. So, the fact that i haven't heard anything is probably a good thing...but the anxiety is getting the better of me.
So i was interested in knowing from others how long after the u/s that you got the results. Wouldn't I have heard by now if it was something to be concerned about? Sorry...this is just my anxious rambling.View Thread
I posted about a month ago regarding an ultrasound done on my left breast and I was nervous about the results...by the way, thank you a lll for the support. Anyway, i didn't hear anything from the doctor...assumed it was nothing and was prepared to let it go. However, something got the better of me and i made an appt, which i had today.
It was a bit of a surprise. 1st surprise - there is actually an additional lump that i didn't even know was there. The one that i could feel was at the 1 o'clock position and according to the u/s, it measures .6x.5. The other one is at the 11 o'clock position about 2 cm from the nipple and it was described as a semi-discrete isoechoic nodule (still trying to figure out what that means).
The other surprise was that I have a BI RADS score of 3 and i'm to have a follow up u/s in 6 months. I know statistically, a BIRADS of 3 is good, however i'm surprised that my doctor didn't call me either way...seeing as i need a follow up. He told me with the holidays he has been busy, but he also doesn't seem that concerned about it.
Unfortunately for me, i spend way to much time on google and while i left my doctor's office feeling pretty good, i keep reading all these stories of women who have a BIRADS of 3 or so and end up having cancer. Conversely, i did read some stories of women who had a score of 5 and it ended up being benign. Anyway, it might be a long 6 months. Would anyone recommend that i take my u/s results to a breast surgeon to review if i want more piece of mind. Thanks again for the support and sorry for my ramblings.View Thread
I'm sorry that you are going through this. I'm afraid that I can't offer much advice, however in reading what you just wrote, sounds like you've already gone through quite a bit. So, when you feel like you can't handle any more, remind yourself of everything that you've already overcome. You're probably much more resilient than you give yourself credit for. I haven't been around this board long, but everyone seems so supportive and always willing to lend a listening ear, so you've come to the right place. Vent anytime you need to.
Have you seen your doctor regarding this new lump yet? Hoping that everything turns out ok.View Thread
Thanks for the advice and positive thoughts. Waiting in limbo is definitely not my strongest area either. I will see if i can get a second opinion before 6 months. In doing some research for breast care centers in the Toronto area where i live, most breast care (if not all of them) require a referral from a physician. The doctor that i've been seeing about this is not likely to give me a referral...just because he will say that he has already given me his opinion (agrees with the radiologist that it's best to wait 6 months). However, I can still ask. I may be looking for a new family doctor though We will see...
Thanks again Rachael and Judy...I will do my best to get a second opinion sooner rather than later. Even though i suspect that the two lumps are not malignant, i would like to know for sure so i can try and put this to rest.View Thread
Thanks for clarifying what isoechoic means for me. I asked my doctor yesterday and he told me not to worry about it now and we will discuss in 6 months...not really the answer i was looking for.
Well, the good news I guess is that I have 6 months to look for a decent radiology centre. The place where my family doctor is based is a large medical clinic that has x-ray and u/s on site...i just had it done there. I will probably seek a referral to reputable breast centre.
I am 34 years old...i'm not sure how that factors into the decisions that were made. I know breast tissue changes with age, so i don't know if my age would be more of a concern or not. Also, i know statistically, my chances of something being malignant are lower because of my age.
I also don't know my family history as i was adopted at birth, but to my knowledge there is no family history of breast cancer. I have copies of my u/s report, so i will see what i can do about a referral to a specialist. Normally, my doctor is very good about calling with any type of results...positive or negative, so i'm not exactly sure what happened this time. The fact that he doesn't seem concerned at all reassures me a little bit. On the other hand, i really don't like a birads score of 3...it just seems like such a "grey area." "Probably benign" is reassuring, but doesn't quite cut it for me...it drives me batty.
Anyway, thanks for the advice...in the meantime, i'm going to try to educate myself as much as possible regarding my personal risk, etc and try not to stress about it too much.