17 answers

ThQuestionable Mamogram Results

Hi Mamas ~ I'm reaching out for a ray of light tonight.... My mom recently had a second mamogram to verify a suspicious lump. Turns out it's a small lump and another "area" in the same breast that they are looking closer at. From the results of the second mamogram, they are sure it's NOT a cyst.

In two weeks they are doing a needle biopsy (dr. is on vaca next week - worst time for us!). While I'm positive for my mom's benefit, saying it's probably not cancer, let's not worry yet....

But in the back of my mind, and in the pit of my stomach, I can't get the BREAST CANCER thought out of my head. We have no family history, so that's something....

Have you or anyone you know gone through such a biopsy and it came back NOT breast cancer?? I'm hoping so b/c I really need something to hang on to here.

Please, no horror stories, and I know breast cancer is a strong possibility here - I'm just hoping someone else had good luck so I can hope for the best for my mom.

Thanks Mamas!

What can I do next?

So What Happened?™

Thanks so much for all your support! I will let you know how it goes. Your stories have really alleviated some of my anxiety.

Update: it is cancer, but stage 1 and very treatable. Found early, thank goodness!

Featured Answers

I had a needle biopsy done and it happened to be positive. However it was caught very early and I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation. Honestly, the needle biopsy was the worst. It is rather painful. I am now cancer free The radiation was easy, no after effects...in and out in about 5 minutes or so! So tell her not to worry...that is the most difficult part...the waiting for results. After I got a positive result, I was, OK, let's get on with it and get it done!

3 moms found this helpful

A few years ago, my mother had a lump show in her mammogram, which the doctors decided to biopsy (My grandmother, her mother, died of breast cancer, so there is a family history) which came back completely clear. It was just, slightly dense, normal breast tissue. She was in her 40's at the time. When she was 24 she had a lump removed, which was also normal breast tissue, which was dense.

2 moms found this helpful

More Answers

This isn't really a horror story, as it turns out. I went through close to the same thing as your mother many years ago. I did have a little bit of very early cancer, but it was taken care of, and I have been cancer-free for over fifteen years.

Since then, I've had *many* second mammograms and an occasional needle biopsy. They've all turned out fine. I always appreciate the care these technicians take in looking for anything that MAY be wrong. I'd rather have extra attention that turns out to be a false alarm than not enough attention that misses something.

The only horror part is the way my fingernails look after I chew them off before a checkup!

If the medical people were truly worried, your mother would surely be getting a needle biopsy in less than two weeks. They'd find a non-vacationing doctor to do it. Her situation is probably a "Let's check it out and see" one, not an "Uh-oh!" one. All the same, I'm saying a prayer for her.

5 moms found this helpful

I had a needle biopsy done and it happened to be positive. However it was caught very early and I had a lumpectomy followed by radiation. Honestly, the needle biopsy was the worst. It is rather painful. I am now cancer free The radiation was easy, no after effects...in and out in about 5 minutes or so! So tell her not to worry...that is the most difficult part...the waiting for results. After I got a positive result, I was, OK, let's get on with it and get it done!

3 moms found this helpful

My mother had a biopsy eons ago in the early 80s to remove and test a lump in her breast -and it was benign. Many breast lumps are! Of course some are not, and it's good this has been found and will be tested, but just because there's a lump, it doesn't automatically mean cancer.

3 moms found this helpful

It's probably one of the scariest times when you go through the biopsy. I had a mammogram, had to come back for a needle biopsy and even though it came out negative the doctor still wanted to do a full biopsy. I was pretty much paralyzed with fear and worry until I had the results. It turned out to be an infection. I read that there are many inconclusive mammograms. Hang in there, it is quite possible that it is nothing.

2 moms found this helpful

A few years ago, my mother had a lump show in her mammogram, which the doctors decided to biopsy (My grandmother, her mother, died of breast cancer, so there is a family history) which came back completely clear. It was just, slightly dense, normal breast tissue. She was in her 40's at the time. When she was 24 she had a lump removed, which was also normal breast tissue, which was dense.

2 moms found this helpful

My mom had the exact same thing when she was younger (in her 60's)...it was NOT cancer. She had another one when she was in her late 70's...NOT cancer.

Statistically speaking, most biopsies are negative for cancer.

2 moms found this helpful

I know 5 people who had surgery to check suspicious lumps including my mother and grandmother and all were non cancerous:) I believe the majority of lumps are non cancerous. Good luck!

Edit- for what Internet facts are worth... 80-85%of breast lumps are benign /non canerous:).

2 moms found this helpful

There are plenty of women who have benign tumors. THAT'S a strong possibility, and not the same as a cyst.

Hugs to you and your mom,
D.

2 moms found this helpful

1 / 3
Required Fields

Our records show that we already have a Mamapedia or Mamasource account created for you under the email address you entered.

Please enter your Mamapedia or Mamasource password to continue signing in.

Required Fields

, you’re almost done...

Since this is the first time you are logging in to Mamapedia with Facebook Connect, please provide the following information so you can participate in the Mamapedia community.

As a member, you’ll receive optional email newsletters and community updates sent to you from Mamapedia, and your email address will never be shared with third parties.

By clicking "Continue to Mamapedia", I agree to the Mamapedia Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.