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Old 02-18-2008, 06:48 PM
 
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Has anyone had a lump in their breast removed? I'm going in for surgery on the 27th to have a large lump removed. The first biopsy showed it to be fibro something which is benign. But the tissue around it showed to be atypical and my new doctor wants to remove the lump and do more testings on it. I hate surgeries.
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:19 PM
 
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Roma, I am so sorry to hear that you are facing surgery..But it is very necessary just to be on the 100% safe side..Keep us informed, friend
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Old 02-18-2008, 07:28 PM
 
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I haven't had a lump removed, but I may need to do so in the future, so I've been researching it. From what I understand, they usually do twilight anesthesia or general anesthesia, but without intubation. I have read of some of them that can be done with just local, but I guess it depends on the size of the lump. I'm sure it's an outpatient procedure where you could go home soon after you're out of recovery.

I, too, was diagnosed with fibroadenomas--three weeks ago, actually. My gyn found a small lump during my annual exam a month ago. I never felt it, and I still can't feel it. I was sent for an ultrasound which revealed a fibroadenoma, and one in the other breast as well that's too small to be felt. I was advised to wait 6 months and get another ultrasound to see if they have grown, and if they have, to do the biopsy. From what the radiologist told me, they don't use any local anesthesia for the biopsy. It sounded from your accounts of your biopsy that it was a pretty invasive procedure. Did you get local anesthesia? Was yours a core needle biopsy? That's what I would need.

Anyhow, I hope your surgery goes smoothly.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:43 PM
 
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I have had two lumps removed. The first one was just done with local anesthesia and the second time I had the twilight sleep. Both times I had no problems and healed up pretty quickly. The worst part about it all was the stress of worrying!!! Both times I was lucky and it was just a benign lump. I had the lump in the same general area so they made an incision of about 2 inches each time. It has faded and is not noticable at all.
Do you have confidence in your doctor? I would go with a specialist only and possibly get a second opinion. I am sorry you are going through this, it's no fun. I am going to keep you in my thoughts and hope you have a good outcome!
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:32 AM
 
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My biopsy was a core biopsy. He injected me with local anesthesia first.

For the removal of the large lump (plus I have smaller ones too) my new doctor who is almost 2 hours away in Dallas and is an expert on Breast Cancer (Baylor Hospital) will do the removal.

He said that I will have some kind of thing placed in my lump first then go into surgery. I will be put under but will go home about 2 hours or so after I wake up that day.

I also have Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia Florid. Precursor to breast cancer. They later found that out in my second reading of the biopsy. The lump is fibro but the cells around it are the other. I also have dense breast tissue so my risk is now elevated.

My new doctor is suppose to be the best in the metroplex. My first doctor was a local doctor in a small town where I live and he suggested a mastectomy!!! My new doctor couldn't believe it.

My new doctor (which was my second opinion doctor) wants to do more testing so that is why we are removing the lump (plus my one lump is very large).

This has put the fire under us to sell our home when before we couldn't make up our minds on a state to move to. Now we know we need to be closer and more in a populated area with major facilities. Not far away from them.
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Old 02-19-2008, 07:57 AM
 
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My biopsy was a core biopsy. He injected me with local anesthesia first.

For the removal of the large lump (plus I have smaller ones too) my new doctor who is almost 2 hours away in Dallas and is an expert on Breast Cancer (Baylor Hospital) will do the removal.

He said that I will have some kind of thing placed in my lump first then go into surgery. I will be put under but will go home about 2 hours or so after I wake up that day.

I also have Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia Florid. Precursor to breast cancer. They later found that out in my second reading of the biopsy. The lump is fibro but the cells around it are the other. I also have dense breast tissue so my risk is now elevated.

My new doctor is suppose to be the best in the metroplex. My first doctor was a local doctor in a small town where I live and he suggested a mastectomy!!! My new doctor couldn't believe it.

My new doctor (which was my second opinion doctor) wants to do more testing so that is why we are removing the lump (plus my one lump is very large).

This has put the fire under us to sell our home when before we couldn't make up our minds on a state to move to. Now we know we need to be closer and more in a populated area with major facilities. Not far away from them.
I am glad you have a good doctor!!! I can't believe the local doctor suggested a mastectomy! S/He must be insane....
Have your read Dr. Susan Love's breast book? It is very thorough and informative. She has a website for her foundation, also

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

this is on her website about atypical ductal hyperplasia
Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation | Breast Cancer - Your Questions


Will be thinking of you and best of luck to you!
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Old 02-19-2008, 08:18 AM
 
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katzenfreund, Thanks for that great link. That is what I have and Tamoxifen was discussed.

When I went for my second opinion, I brought the slides I got from the lab but they were so little that more testings need to be down after this removal.

I have learned so much regarding all of this. I hope it's somehow a blessing in disguise. That is how I am looking at this. Life seems to work that way with me.
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:37 PM
 
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Sorry to hear all you've been going through Roma.

I hadn't come to this Health and Wellness section in a while. Wonder what made me come now.

So you will be having a lumpectomy? And they'll be doing a frozen section? That will tell them what the next step should be. Will you be consenting to more invasive surgery before the lumpectomy (depending on the results of the frozen section)?

Under what scenario was Tamoxifen discussed?
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Old 02-19-2008, 12:43 PM
 
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No advice here. Just wanted to wish you well. I am glad your going out of town to a specialist. Take care.
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Old 02-19-2008, 01:23 PM
 
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Sorry to hear all you've been going through Roma.

I hadn't come to this Health and Wellness section in a while. Wonder what made me come now.

So you will be having a lumpectomy? And they'll be doing a frozen section? That will tell them what the next step should be. Will you be consenting to more invasive surgery before the lumpectomy (depending on the results of the frozen section)?

Under what scenario was Tamoxifen discussed?
Hi vpcats,

What the doctor said was that a wire was going to be placed in my lump before surgery (I go to another building there for that) then he was going to remove the lump in surgery and do more testing. He wants to dissect the lump himself and do his own testing on the surrounding tissue (the lab will, they have there own lab there). It's quite a set up compared to this little towns hospital.

I don't know anything about the frozen section, that was never mentioned to me. Then once all the results are in, we will further discuss options.
Tamoxifen was discussed earlier as a possibility and was somewhat explained to me but not in great detail, as it can cut the risk of breast cancer by almost 50% but he wants to do all the testings after the surgery before we go any further with what we will do next. Now if he does find cancer then that's a whole new ballgame and I hope it's not.

I hate operations and needles and this whole thing came so fast. Wire in my breast, needles in my hand for surgery and cutting me open. Plus I always get sick after operations from the anesthesia (always). Oh and I can't eat anything that day before the surgery. I hope I make it!!!!
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