Breast cancer for the under-50s

Breast cancer is far less common in the under-50s, but this can leave younger people with a diagnosis feeling isolated. This group is a place for them to come together, share experiences and support each other.

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Nina99
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I found a lump in my breast about 5 weeks ago. Saw the doctor who referred me to a one stop shop clinic. They did a mammogram, ultrasound and then took several biopsies of my breast and underarm lymph nodes. I also had a blood test and chest x-ray. Tomorrow I have a bone scan and CT. I’m pretty sure I have BC and am prepared for this though doesn’t stop the sleepless nights of worry, particularly as I have young children. My breast is pretty sore and very bruised and one place they took the biopsy is still bleeding. The biopsy was taken on Tuesday - should it still be bleeding? I removed the plaster after 24 hours and the steri strip came off with it. I bought more today after speaking to a nurse friend as it was bleeding though the plasters I had bought. Should I get it checked when I go to the hospital tomorrow? I know it’s probably a silly thing to ask when others are going through it tougher than me at the moment but I think I’ve just resigned myself to the fact I have BC. No family history and I’m 39 but I’m the sort of person that prepares for the worst while hoping for the best...usually. Ive cried, I’ve got frustrated, not slept and am now just too tired to think so I feel like I’m now in a bit of a daze and thinking practically. Thank you for reading this

Cheeboe
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Hi Nina, I'm about the same stage waiting for scans and results. It's so scary but I've had some lovely messages from people on here which helps. Regarding your biopsy site you might need more steristrips. My advice sheet said not to remove the dressing for 4 days so maybe that's whi its oozing. Try putting pressure on it for 10 minutes then redo dressing. (Again from advice sheet). Absolutely worth getting checked tomorrow . Take care, here if you need to chat xxxx

Cheeboe
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Hi Nina, I'm about the same stage waiting for scans and results. It's so scary but I've had some lovely messages from people on here which helps. Regarding your biopsy site you might need more steristrips. My advice sheet said not to remove the dressing for 4 days so maybe that's whi its oozing. Try putting pressure on it for 10 minutes then redo dressing. (Again from advice sheet). Absolutely worth getting checked tomorrow . Take care, here if you need to chat xxxx

Nina99
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Thank you for replying Cheeboe. Yes it’s a scary time - it’s more the waiting as your mind goes into overdrive doesn’t it? They said I can remove them after 24 hours and I had no advice sheet given to me otherwise I would have left it. Although I bled through the plaster they had put on so it needed changing. I bought some steri strips today and put one on but will suggest what you say. And hopefully show them tomorrow too. When do you get your results? Keep my fingers crossed for you. X

Cheeboe
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Lots of people have commented that the waiting really is the worst bit, even if it's bad news then at least things start happening and you can plan. It's being in limbo so hard, I'm like you cant stop my mind ticking over. I'm hoping for some results end of week and have MRI scan tomorrow so might have to wait longer for those. Hope the oozing settles down overnight. Will keep my fingers crossed for you too xxx

Nic8
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Hi. I’m waiting on an mri after positive biopsies. I’m terrified and my anxiety is at an all time high. I’d get them to check the dressing/wound tomorrow. Hopefully it just needs patched up for a few days and the oozing will stop. Xx

Cheeboe
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Hi nic8.

I had my MRI today and the test itself is not too bad. I found it Less stressful to listen to the beeps rather than the music as they are more like loud white noise. I found it better lying face down, not as claustrophobic. 

I'm still waiting on the results of my biopsies but sent for MRI as not clear irregular margins on the lump. I agree it so hard to control the anxiety. Sending you a virtual hug, there is a lot of support on the page. Take care xxx

TheScriptFan
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Hiya &

The waiting is most definitely the worst part, the best advice i was given was to take each step at a time. So get diagnosis done, then move onto the next step. Try not to worry too much about stuff you don't know yet, you could be worrying about something you don't need to worry about.

Use this place to ask lots of questions and get lots of support it definitely helped me more than i ever imagined it would.

Good Luck ladies and please shout if there is anything i can do to help xx

 It's gonna make us who we are, it's written in the scars  "The Script"

Nic8
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Thank you. I’m trying to take it a step at a time but mind races away with myself. It’s really hard isn’t it? Xx

TheScriptFan
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It is exceptional hard but one thing i did learn throughout my treatment was that most of the things i worried about turned out not to be as bad as i thought it would be. But thats easy for me to say, i'm out the other side now. 

Its not easy but it is doable i had more good days than bad, so try to keep positive xxx 

 It's gonna make us who we are, it's written in the scars  "The Script"

Nina99
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Thank you Nic8. I didn’t get a chance to show them as both the bone scan and ct were at different hospitals and both times were all male staff...didn’t fancy whipping my boobs out to them  I’ll wait until Thursday when I get my full results now and just change the dressing myself. 
I have also suffered from anxiety in the past so completely understand how you feel. Try not to worry...I say that having sleepless nights too. But I’m not worried I just need to know so can plan things going forward. Right now I don’t know if I’ll be doing my job meeting clients next week or not...I’m such an organised person and anything so unplanned just throws me and gets my anxiety going too. So the way I look at it now is I can’t change anything and I will deal with it good or bad and move forward. When do you get your results?