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posted by jelly89
25 April 2024

Waiting for Biopsy Results

Last reply: 25 April 2024 14:51

I found a breast lump a few months ago. I just assumed it was a cyst as my mother had suffered from them and the lump is very round, smooth and movable.

I finally got around to seeing my gp who advised that I shouldn't worry and was referred to a private hospital. I didn't get an appointment for 5 weeks so I assumed it was not urgent.

I had a mammogram/ ultrasound/ biopsy yesterday. The lump is over 5cm. It is not a cyst. It is solid and has vascularity. It is very round & very movable. The ultrasound tech felt that my lymph nodes were clear. They seemed interested in some small areas of calcification under and maybe in the lump. Is vascularity in a lump an indicator that it is probably malignant?

I saw the consultant afterwards and she didn't give me any indications! I'm due back to her for results in 8 days. Is this quick? I'm going crazy thinking about it and all the scenarios ahead of me.

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commented by Cancer Nurse
25 April 2024

25 April 2024 14:51

Dear Jelly89,

Thank you for contacting the Irish Cancer Society.  It is very understandable that you are finding this time difficult and are thinking of all the possible scenarios ahead. It is always a very stressful time while waiting on hospital appointments and test results.

Both malignant and non malignant breast lumps have vascularity, sending the biopsy to pathology for testing is the best way for giving a definitive diagnosis. Having a follow up appointment in 8 days time would be fairly standard, but I know it can feel like a long time.

If you would like to speak to one of our nurses, we are available on 1800 200 700 Mon-Fri 9am-5pm.

We will gladly help and support you at this time.

Kind Regards

Cancer Nurse

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