Microcalcifications

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Microcalcifications

by Kelly4 on Wed Sep 30, 2009 12:00 AM

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Hello.  During a recent mammogram my doctor told me that I have microcalcifications of the left breast.  He told me to come back in six months for another mammogram.  That second mammogram showed no changes in the microcalcifications.  So now I'm supposed to go back in one year to have them checked again. I'm wondering if these calcifications could be related to some carcinoid tumors (neuroendocrine tumors) that were found in my stomach, and to the elevated calcium and gastrin levels that were found during recent bloodwork.  My doctor doesn't think that they're related but I'm not so sure.  Does anyone have experience with microcalcifications and elevated calcium levels?  Thank you, and best of luck to you all.  Kelly

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by dee2255 on Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:00 AM

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I don't have any elevated calcium BUT like you I was monitored for microcalcifications.  They were found in June 08, monitoroed in Dec 08 with all "appearing to show no change".  In May of 09 a halo showed on the mammogram and the radiologist appeared distressed by this, having a very hard time trying to explain this to me.  I went to a breast center on my own, and they found 2 masses, 1 Invasive with the other 1 DCIS hiding behind it.  PLEASE, demand a biopsy.  Mine were not particularly clustered during the "monitoring".  They look for the clustering. 

I don't understand why the monitoring.  Were you told you have the option of getting a biopsy?  If not, I wonder why not.  I wasn't given this option, though I tried to ask all the right questions.  My chemo oncologist said it was a warning sign that something was brewing when the microcalcificatins were found, my radiation oncologist said if he had found the microcalcifications, he would have ordered a biopsy immediately. 

I just finished my last of 4 rounds of chemo on Sept 14, and begin the 1st of 33 rounds of radiation on Oct. 5th.  I intent to kick cancers butt.

I wish you all the best of luck.  PLEASE, get a biopsy.  DON'T WAIT. 

I was "monitored" right into breast cancer, I hope you aren't.

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by mriphysician on Mon Oct 05, 2009 12:00 AM

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If you have elevated serum calcium (sometimes due to hyperparthyroidism) it is possible to get calcifications in your breast but I agree with your doctor that the microcalcifications are likely to be related to other breast disease.  When we do mammograms we look for masses, increasing density or microcalcifications.  In general most experienced radiologists can tell when microcalcifications are suspicious.  No change after 6 months is a good outcome.  However no one finding is 100% specific or sensitive for cancer.  So I advise you follow your own breast self exam carefully and if you have any questions you can sometimes ask your own radiology provider to have a second reader look at your mammogram.  IN MANY cases this might be at no charge to you.  So more eyees are often better. Ask your provider if hge can get yoru mammogram reviewed at no charge.  It is always better to be dilient in following any abnormal finding.  If the radiologist is unsure they can do a 3T Breast MRI for further evaluation or a sonogram.  Both of these tests do not use additional radiation.

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by Cancercured on Thu Oct 08, 2009 12:00 AM

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I had a small tubular carcinoma removed by partial mast. 8/15/08. The had prone radiation to wb (left) Feb.- March/09 (long story about delay)  (accelerated 16 days- no boost). In June I had both breasts mammogrammed again finding "expected changes in LB from radiation and microcalcifications in rgt.- probably benign...My RO at first said I would have a yearly MRI but then said I will have mam. of LB only in 6 months. Is this the right protocal? Would you recommend anything else?

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by rose2617 on Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:37 PM

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My microcalcifications were followed every 6 mo for 3 years and then I told them I wanted a biopsy. Early Stage 1 ductal carcinoma. I wonder how long they would of kept stating probably benign on my report?

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