Friday, January 21, 2011
My breast mass journey summary
I first found a small lump above my left nipple about a year ago and the nipple began retracting. I kept an eye on it waiting for it to go away on its own. Finally when my sister came to visit in May of last year I had her look at it and she freaked and told me to go to a Dr. My regular Dr. was very concerned and had me go get a mammo and ultrasound. The mammo picked up nothing and the ultrasound just revealed cysts. Meanwhile I still had this hard mass above my nipple and it actually goes down and around it deep into the breast tissue. I had a small core biopsy done by guided ultrasound and that came back negative. Personally I think the Dr. took the sample from the wrong area. The surgeon I saw pretty much dismissed it saying I was too young for cancer, no family history etc. I asked him what the hard mass was and he said "I don't know but if it still bothers you come back in a couple months". I was pretty disgusted by the whole was I was blown off and ended up loosing my health insurance anyhow. Now that I have it back I went back to my PCP and she sent me to a specialist in Albany, NY. She took one look at my breast (which has a nearly full nipple retraction by now) and said "Oh my goodness". She did two needle biopsies right there and I have an MRI scheduled for this Monday (this was previously suggested by the last ultrasound reading but ignored by surgeon #1) The biopsy came back with "atypical cells". This mass fills my entire palm when I grasp it. It is about the size of a softball cut in half. Dr. is talking about doing a core biopsy after the MRI.