First breast clinic visit

September 15, 2018 - 02:57

Hi to anyone who may read this Happy

I have been to my doctor last week about a mobile pea sized hard lump in my breast, that I've had for 4-5 months. I got my appointment today for the 16th of October. A longer wait than I expected but I'd say I wasn't a priority because of my age. I'm 21.

I'm just wondering about what happens at the appointment as I am clueless. My letter told me to expect to be there for 3 hours.

I am very frightened but I know from now it is all out of my control.

Hope you all are ok xx

September 15, 2018 - 03:01

Just to add, I am going to Beaumont to see Professor A. Hill

September 17, 2018 - 13:40

Hi there,

Waiting for appointments can be nerve racking. Usually anybody attending Breast Clinic will have breast imaging and maybe a biopsy as necessary to complement clinical examination.

At this clinic the women’s breast is examined by a doctor or Advance Nurse Practitioner followed by imaging (x-rays) including a mammogram or ultrasound. (The Choice between mammography and ultrasound for imaging depends largely on the women’s age, though some women have both tests. Ultrasound alone is used more often for women under 35). Sometimes it is necessary to perform a core biopsy of the lump, which removes a small piece of the lump using a slightly larger needle. Local anaesthetic is usually used for these needle tests.

If you would like to talk to a nurse on the Irish Cancer Society Nurseline call 1800 200 700 and speak to a nurse for support and information.

Kind regards,

Cancer Nurse

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