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by nic72806 on Sun Dec 06, 2009 03:33 AM
Hello, I am a 26 year old female, and I am waiting for a breast biopsy. I had an ultrasound yesterday, and the Dr. found 3 solid masses (all in the same breast and area), and scheduled me for a biopsy. I was told that they are very backed up right now, and the earliest appointment I can have is Jan 11th. From what I have read i understand that these are most likely not cancerous, because 4 out of 5 breast biopsies come back benign; also because of my age. Unfortunately I have very limited knowledge of any possible family history. I am still extreemely nervous at this point, and not looking forward to the next 5+ weeks of stress.
Sorry if I was babbling. My question is if this is a normal amount of time to have to wait for a biopsy. Should I be concerned that this office is not scheduling me sooner and look for a second opinion? Also, after having the biopsy, what is the average wait time before receiving the results?
Thank you so much for your time and opinions.
by MEEMERZ on Sun Dec 06, 2009 05:21 AM
I am so sorry that you have to go through this stress and wait - especially at such a young age. I am shocked that you have to wait so long. Of course, my husband's diagnosis was head and neck but we went to the Dr. on Tuesday, by Friday we had biopsy results and by the next Tuesday we knew that it was not contained (it had spread). His Drs. were very aggressive from the very beginning and still are very proactive. Please do not worry; pray for your Lord's guidance. This is a wonderful forum - so much support - I do, however, would love to see you seek a second opinion. If you live in the Oklahoma City area, I have names of wonderful Doctors. Good luck and God Bless You.
Cheryl Oklahoma City
by mebenz31 on Sun Dec 06, 2009 07:19 AM
Hello nic72806, Are they kidding? 5 weeks? Thats horrible! would they make their mother,sister,or daughter wait that long? PLEASE find someone who takes their job seriously. My dad died of pancreatic cancer in november and 5 weeks would have offered him a cure. That was the difference between operable and inoperable! Time is valuable when you are talking about cancer dont be foolish and put it off not even 1 day! GOD bless.
by kayatlanta on Mon Dec 07, 2009 04:01 AM
I am 57 and had a r simple mastectomy in 03/08 for a large lump which had three little cancerous areas. I had no insurance so went to a public clinic, but they were excellent. Do you have insurance? Get a second opinion, even if you have to pay extra money out of pocket. My surgery was done immediately because they were so sure it was cancer but I had to wait a couple of weeks for determination if it was estrogen +/-, progesterone+/-, herp+/-. Hopefully( and the chances are good that you won't have to worry about those things) you will be able to go in sooner. If you can't, however, realize breast cancer is relatively slow growing. Compared with pancreatic cancer which is a whole other story since pancreatic cancer is a rapidly growing (sometimes), very deadly cancer.I used to think pancreatic cancer was a death sentence but there are cases where it can be caught early.
You are perfectly safe waiting a few weeks for a tumor which might have been growing for years.There are exceptions and that is why a 2nd opinion is so important both for your piece of mind and the earlier they catch the cancer the better.
I am an RN which in some ways was good but in other ways bad. I'm not going to tell you to relax but some web searching might help you. Talking to a nurse or support group might help.
Good luck and let us know what happens.
by mebenz31 on Mon Dec 07, 2009 04:36 AM
HI again, I am sorry I over reacted, its just so soon after my dad's death,and I dont want anyone else to suffer the way my family did. I agree with kay, you cant compare pc and bc,but,I would still seek a second opinion asap. My dads pc was caught so early they told him he would be the poster child for pc and he did not even need to finish his chemo. Few people live to tell the tale about surviving pc. I wish you well and again I hope I didnt worry you.
by meganshair on Thu Dec 17, 2009 08:30 AM
Hello, I am a 30 year old breast cancer patient. It is not unheard of to wait this length of time, but don't let them play the age card with you. They did with me over and over and I ended up having cancer and it was brushed under the rug a few times because they thouhgt the chance was so low. I would force my way into an earlier appnt. But if it is impossible, don't worry too much because cancer isn't known to grow or spread that quickly. But, again, I would get in ASAP just to be safe. Good luck.
by nic72806 on Thu Dec 17, 2009 10:52 PM
Thanks so much for the reply. The day after I posted my OBGYN actually called me and told me she would like for me to have the masses removed, and they will biopsy them after removal. I told her I am very anxious, and she told me she would get me in as fast as possible. I have a lumpectomy scheduled for the day after Christmas. Hopefully all goes well from there. The waiting is horrible though, and I am not looking forward to surgery.
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