Mri Every 6 Months

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Mri Every 6 Months

by Stetsonlady805 on Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have been told that I have to have an MRI every 6 months. My Mother had breast cancer and I come from an area were a lot of my neighbor's got cancer. I have had a mammogram and ultrasound were they found a lot of tumors. Because of this I had to have an MRI. I thought I was through after my first MRI. But no, after 6 months had passed I was told to see a breast specialist and have another MRI. Now I have been told that I need to see a surgeon in 6 months and have another MRI and discuss what I will do next. Is this really necessary? Having an MRI every 6 months is very expensive. My last 2 MRI's I was told that I did not have cancer. Has anyone heard of this before? And yes, I do realize that early detection is essential to survival.

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by R4sowski on Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:00 AM

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I am not sure by your message what they are seeing on the exam. I would see a Breast surgeon and get some input now. The only "true way" to rule out cancer is by tissue sampling. I personaly had a suspicious mass 2 years ago that was later said to be nothing. I am now in the midst of invasive lobular and ductal carcinoma that has extensively invaded the lymphatic system. No radiology is 100%. I hope this helps without scaring you too much but better be safe than too late. Becky

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by Janetv on Tue Sep 26, 2006 12:00 AM

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Did they find any abnormality in any of these MRI? If there is an abnormality a biopsy is the best way to go. You may find this article useful http://www.breast-cancer-blog.com/blogs/permalinks/9-2006/when-you-find-a-mammogram-abnormality.html It talks about this issue.

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by Danka_b on Sun Oct 22, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have a long history of fibrocystic disease and have had continual tests over the years including several core biopsies. In 2004 I had my first MRI that detected a suspicious mass. A surgical biopsy showed no malignancy. 3 months later a mammogram detected another problem. The mass had to be removed surgically and again was benign. My doctors tell me that mammograms, ultrasounds and MRI utilize different technology to detect cancer and can show different areas of concern. High risk patients have a need for all three. I was also told that the masses that were removed could have caused me problems in the future if left alone. I believe that you cannot be too careful. Why are you waiting to see a surgeon? These tests are used for early detection, but a biopsy is necessary to get the final answer. You have to be your own advocate and may want to tell the doctors that you are in charge. One of my male doctors, early on, told me that I was "over the top". I had to find a woman surgeon who has been extremely supportive and proactive. Good luck. Danka

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by Stetsonlady805 on Mon Oct 23, 2006 12:00 AM

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I have seen a surgeon. The surgeon stated that when my next MRI is due to be done soon we would "discuss what to do next". He has mentioned a new biopsy procedure that is done while the patient is in the MRI. Apparently I am full of tumors.

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by Danka_b on Sun Oct 29, 2006 12:00 AM

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One of the tests that was considered for me was an MRI guided biopsy. The Radiologist told me that it's extremely complicated. Because she was able to locate the problem area on the ultrasound, I underwent an ultrasound guided biopsy. It was much easier and rendered the same results. If you are "full of tumors", have you considered an elective mastectomy? It's an extremely controversial subject. One you may be offended by, if so please forgive me, no offense meant. I did a lot of research on it and had the doctors lined up. If in the future my condition progresses, I won't hesitate to have the surgery. There is not a lot of information on it out there. But there are some very fine doctors who believe in it and have a lot of experience. One of the procedures is called a DIEP Flap Mastectomy. It utilizes the fat from your belly for the reconstruction. If you're a candidate, the reconstruction is done just after the mastectomy and you wake up with natural looking breasts and relatively few scars. The doctor has to be an expert in it, someone who is experienced in microscopic connecting of the blood vessels. You don't end up with implants, so there is not risk of hardening, etc. If you want to find out more, you can get on the John Hopkins web site. They have a world famous specialist on staff. The coordinator of their program is a woman by the name of Lilly Shackley (you may want to check the spelling) who had the surgery herself. There is also a doctor in Louisiana, one in Texas, one on Long Island (NY) and another one in Miami. John Hopkins also has attornies who are experienced in "fighting" insurance companies to pay for these surgeries. There is another procedure that is called a TRAM Flap. My understanding is that it can have some side effects because it compromises your stomach muscles. I don't know if you had genetic testing. If you need information on it, there is a lab in California and Utah (I believe) called Myriad Lab. They are the pioneers in the field. If you were to be tested, and it turned out that you have the gene, then a decision to take more drastic steps would be an easier one. Good luck in whatever you decid to do. I will keep my fingers crossed. Danka

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by Stetsonlady805 on Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:00 AM

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My primary physician and I have been discussing genetic testing. My Mother worked with a nurse that elected to have a double mastectomy and reconstruction due to her having a family history of breast cancer. I believe her mother and an aunt had breast cancer. I mentioned this to my doctor. And that is when I learned about genetic testing. Most believe this approach to be extremely "radical". But after seeing what cancer did to my Mother I don't view it as so "radical". Thank you for your imput on this Danka.

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by Danka_b on Mon Oct 30, 2006 12:00 AM

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Please let me know if I can be of any help at all. I spent nights doing research and still have much of the information. I'm sure whatever you do, it will be the right decision. Danka
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