Post # 1
I’m currently waiting for the results from my breast biopsy that I had last Friday, after finding a lump the previous weekend. Since it was unfortunately a long weekend we just had, today is the first “working day” since I had the procedure and they say it can be about a week until I get the results… so it might not be until next week.
I am slowly losing my mind… I go from being somewhat at ease, to anxious, to completely paranoid and depressed at the thought of being sick. Waiting for the results is just torture, I feel like I’m just waiting to get some sort of death sentence or something… which I realize is probably not true, but my thoughts are totally irrational right now!
Just wondering if anyone else out there ever had a biopsy and how you dealt with waiting for the results? Any advice for how to cope with this? Everyone just keeps saying “put it out of your mind”…. ummm, easier said than done!
Post # 3
I really feel for you – I know that you won’t be able to relax until your results are in, but 8 out of 10 breast lumps turn out to be nothing.
Did you have a diagnostic mammogram? And did you have a fine needle biopsy or a core biopsy?
I have learned so much about this lately because unfortunately my sister was diagnosed with breast cancer two months ago. I don’t want to scare you, but maybe you will find this information helpful and I hope it can set your mind at ease somewhat.
My sister found a lump, went to the doctor the next day, then immediately was sent for a diagnostic mammogram. Within an hour, she was told that it was cancer, before she even had a biopsy! They performed a core biopsy and the results were back within 3 days, maybe sooner.
I was in disbelief that the radiologist told her that he knew it was cancer before her biopsy, but she explained to me that this is common with a diagnostic mammogram. And it makes sense, hence the name “diagnostic” mammogram.
Anyway, I know that lots of times the lumps are cysts or fibroids, but my sister said that he showed her the film and he explained why he knew it was cancer. She said once she knew what she was looking for, it was obvious.
This same thing happened to my friend in California – she knew it was malignant before the biopsy.
What I am trying to say is that since your mammographer didn’t say anything, (I am assuming he didn’t) it is hopefully and more than likely a cyst or fibroid.
Please keep us posted. I really hope I didn’t scare you. You will definitely be in my thoughts!
Post # 4
My mom once got one, she just took some medicine and it was gone.
Post # 5
I had a biopsy, but it wasn’t because of a breast lump or anything… so I probably wasn’t nearly as stressed out as you are. I pretty much just did things that calm me down, like eating cheesecake and playing random games with my family. Maybe you could try just treating yourself. Do something you just love to do.
Post # 6
I had a breast biopsy about six months ago, and I was sick with worry until I had confirmation that it was benign. There is no magic way to feel better about it, and I agree, putting it out of your mind is definitely easier said than done…just try to think positively as much as possible and surround yourself with the people you love. Do your favorite things, treat yourself, whatever you have to do. Sending positive thoughts your way!!!
Post # 7
Thanks for all your support! It really helps just to vent and try to get out all my anxiety. Thanks for sharing your stories and advice… it is good to hear! I know there’s no way to change whatever the outcome will be, but it’s just nice to be able to talk about it with other people.
@khf777: The radiologist didn’t say it was definitely 100% something bad… but there was something that wasn’t “normal” on the ultrasound, which is why they immediately did a mammogram and biopsy, all within an hour – the most traumatic hour ever! So something of concern… but I guess not necessarily definitive enough to say “this is something bad that needs to be treated immediately”… although I don’t know if they’d necessarily be able to say something like that without looking at the tissue sample. Who knows! I just can’t wait until this whole thing is over…
Post # 8
@ladybird: I hope you get your results soon! The waiting is definitely the worst. Please let us know how everything turns out…I am rooting for you!
Post # 9
Waiting is horrible. I hope you hear soon.
Post # 10
Thank you! It is horrible… and I didn’t get a call yet again today (even though I left a VM at my doctor’s office asking someone to call me to see if they could move things along)… So, another day down of not knowing! I am starting to get completely loony where I’m fantasizing about breaking into the lab and demanding the results, like a bank robber or something!
Post # 11
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I have a colposcopy and cervical biopsy this morning to check for cervical cancer. I won’t get the results until my next OB visit in 4 weeks. It’s definitely frightening to have to wait.
I’m an optomistic person (though not blindly), so I’m hoping I’ll handle the stress well.
Post # 12
@mrsSonthebeach: Ugh, I’m sorry, that sucks! Can they let you know before 4 weeks? That seems like a long time!
We will wait together!!
Post # 13
I heard from my doctor, they still don’t have the results but she said she should get them by end of Monday, and that I should come in Tuesday morning to go over everything. Part of me worries that she’s setting up the appointment because she does worry it’s something bad… but I realize that’s just me being paranoid and this is probably normal protocol to go over the results, good or bad. So now, to wait another 3 days!
Post # 14
@ladybird: LOL about your fantasy – I have totally done that! I had amniocentesis when I was pregnant for my son. I got a phone call – at work mind you – telling me that my results were in and I needed to come in and talk to the genetic counselor on Thursday, which was like 3 days away. I asked “well can you at least tell me if the results are normal?” and she said that she could’t over the phone, the genetic counselor would be able to see me Thursday, was that ok?
It was NOT ok. I wanted to know NOW. I left work and drove over and told them I wasn’t leaving until I got my results. The genetic counselor came out and told me “I am happy to tell you that everything is fine with your baby boy.” I wanted to hug her, then slap her.
It’s probably protocol to explain the results after a biopsy. It’s just sooo hard to wait without scary scenarios running through your mind.
Let us know as soon as you hear something!
@mrsSonthebeach: Good luck – I’ve had a colposcopy too so I can definitely relate! Hope everything turns out well!
Post # 15
@mrsSonthebeach: I had very early stage cervical cancer (in situ) about 8 years ago so if you need anyone to talk to, feel free to PM me.
@ladybird: Fingers crossed for your appointment!
Post # 16
My thoughts are with you too. I’ve seen far too many women in denial and not doing anything about lumps until it is far too late. So even in the worst case scenario (which of course stastically it probably won’t be!), at least you did something about it very early on! Breast cancer is one of those things that’s usually treatable, and there are lots of survivors out there. But of course we all hope your case is nothing. ::hugs::