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About 3 months ago my baby daughter knocked my chest and I noticed a sharp pain in my left breast. I hadn’t noticed it before and over the space of a few weeks I kept my eye on it. I eventually made a doctors appointment to get the pain checked, but because I couldn’t feel any lumps and my breasts didn’t look different I didn’t worry too much. The doctor didn’t seem worried and said to wait another 2-4 wks and see if it eases. It didn’t and when my breast was pressed on, the pain was still there..
fast forward to last week and I finally had an appointment at the breast clinic. Again the consulatant couldn’t feel any lumps and didn’t seem worried but she said she would send me for a scan to ‘put my mind at rest’.
This is when I started to panic.. the lady scanning me came across a 1cm lump in my left breast! This hadn’t been felt by myself and 2 doctors.. she said it wasn’t a cyst as it was a solid lump and she did say she thinks it could be benign. She took some biopsies and I was made an appointment for next week to get my results! Basically I am going out of my mind with worry and just wanted to know whether they can tell the difference between cancer and a benign lump? Surely she wouldn’t of said anything about it being benign if she wasn’t pretty certain? I suffer with anxiety and cannot sleep or function properly waiting for these results.
Would the sonography team have said the word benign if they wasn’t pretty sure?
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It’s understandable why you’re feeling anxious. Getting results at a breast clinic can cause this to happen.
However, it’s not uncommon for doctors to still want to do a biopsy even if they think a lump looks benign on a scan. They are not doing it because they think this is a cancer it’s so they can rule it out. This is called triple assessment.
The sonographer would not have said that this was likely to be benign if she didn’t think that was the case. However, she is right to do a biopsy so that her diagnosis can be confirmed.
Waiting for tests and results can be an anxious time and if you already suffer with anxiety this will no doubt be causing you to feel more stressed. If you feel that things are getting out of your control we would suggest that you talk to your GP and get support.
We understand that the only thing that will help you to manage the anxiety will be to get your results but you might find these helpful tips can be helpful to try whilst you’re waiting.
Best wishes and take care.
Ellen-Macmillan Online Digital Nurse Specialist.
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