I was experiencing some pain in my breasts and, after a little delay, I finally made an appointment to get myself checked out. I went to my GP who sent me for a mammo at the end of Dec. The mammo came back clear. However, I was still having pain in my breasts and discovered a mass in the left. It is a thin elongated mass, feels hard to me, and also doesn't feel mobile to me although no doctor has told me that in fact. I saw the GYN on Mon, who also felt the mass in the breast. It is at 1:00, so near the armpit.
I was sent for an u/s today. The radiologist said that it did not look concerning. He said it appears to be a lymph node and, the way it lights up on the sonogram, it does not appear unhealthy (low concern is what he said). He said the ones that are troubling to them show up dark.
My GYN had already scheduled an appointment for me with a breast surgeon. I also went today. He gave me a breast exam and told me it could be a lymph node but there is no way of knowing definitively about the identity and safety of the mass without a biopsy. He recommends a lumpectomy, which I have agreed to. I want the thing out.
This is the thing....they don't have an opening until Jan 31, so about 2 weeks. I am in agony with worry. I try to keep my mind in a healthy place, but I have an 8 year old and a 6 year old and my mind of course races with the what-ifs. Is this too long to wait? Is it normal to wait this long for a biopsy?
The other thing that is sending me off the deep end is that the surgeon noticed my left nipple is inverted. He asked me about it, of course. This is not something that's new. I had the flattest of the flat nipples prior to having my first son. Through breastfeeding, they eventually came out, but one has always been shyer than the other. I know this isn't a new thing and one of them has always retracted, but my mind is now telling me that maybe my memory is wrong or this is new and I have inflammatory breast cancer. UGH.
How do I control these anxieties, and does anyone know how the inflammatory cancer is diagnosed? Now, I feel like I should be pursuing this as a possibility as well.View Thread
You are right, Roberta and Judy. I am trying to take your words to heart, although the human mind is something, isn't it?
And, you're right, Judy. I should have called this a biopsy- insensitive of me, I am sorry. I am surprised to learn that it takes that long to get a surgery scheduled after a cancer diagnosis. I guess I can't balk at 2 weeks, then. I am just anxious for this to be over and to move on with whatever the answer is....
I'll be back to report my news, and thanks for taking the time to respond.View Thread
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