Annual Checkup Tests

Posted by mjay @mjay, Dec 8, 2020

I had an estrogen receptor breast tumor removed last year followed by radiation. I am on an aromatase inhibitor for a little over a year now. My six month checkup found a questionable lump which, after biopsy, was found to be scar tissue. My annual checkup was just completed and consisted of MRI and mammogram, which were clear, but I had no ultrasound, which I've always had prior to cancer diagnosis due to dense breasts. They said the U/S is more if they found something on MRI or mammo, but I thought I read all three tests (MRI/Mammo/US) can reveal different things so I question why an U/S wouldn't be done given my history. Secondly, I had an annual physical with my GP who did a complete blood panel, but I've never had my hormone levels checked, yet I'm on an AI and had an estrogen based tumor. Is this consistent with others' experience? TIA.

@jeaniebean

I had my annual yesterday and it was not clear. I have to go back for an ultrasound…. scared, but hoping for scar tissue. I cant do this all again.

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@jeaniebean
I sympathize with you, Jeanie. I have numerous benign calcifications which the radiologists watch like a hawk, and I often get called back for ultrasounds. On the one hand, it's anxiety-producing. On the other hand, I'm grateful that they are doing their best to detect something early.

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@jeaniebean

I had my annual yesterday and it was not clear. I have to go back for an ultrasound…. scared, but hoping for scar tissue. I cant do this all again.

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@jeaniebean When I had my ultrasound recently they came back in and asked if I was having any pain. They did the ultrasound on one breast again and determined it was scar tissue. I know how you feel I was nervous until I was given the all clear. Sending positive thoughts to you that it's just something similar.

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@sparklegram

THANK YOU, TRIXIE!!!!

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So, I went for the further imaging and sonogram on Thursday, and now I have to go back on February 1st for a biopsy. Still nervous!

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@sparklegram
Ugh….nothing like having to wait a couple of weeks. Here's hoping it's all good news ahead.

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@trixie1313

@sparklegram
Ugh….nothing like having to wait a couple of weeks. Here's hoping it's all good news ahead.

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Thanks Trixie. I know Kaiser is very thorough in their testing, and I appreciate that.

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@sparklegram

So, I went for the further imaging and sonogram on Thursday, and now I have to go back on February 1st for a biopsy. Still nervous!

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My sister has had many biopsy due to similar findings and all have been calcification stay strong

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@sparklegram

So, I went for the further imaging and sonogram on Thursday, and now I have to go back on February 1st for a biopsy. Still nervous!

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I went through a similar situation at my first 6-month post-surgery checkup. It was a nightmare for about a month. I know it's so nerve-wracking waiting when you want an answer yesterday. What brought me peace was just remembering that no amount of worrying will change what is, and what it is is very likely scar tissue. Sending you good vibes and will keep you in my prayers. Stay positive and busy!

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@wyngnit

My sister has had many biopsy due to similar findings and all have been calcification stay strong

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Thank you, @wyngnit!

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@mjay

I went through a similar situation at my first 6-month post-surgery checkup. It was a nightmare for about a month. I know it's so nerve-wracking waiting when you want an answer yesterday. What brought me peace was just remembering that no amount of worrying will change what is, and what it is is very likely scar tissue. Sending you good vibes and will keep you in my prayers. Stay positive and busy!

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I appreciate your response, @mjay!

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@sparklegram

So, I went for the further imaging and sonogram on Thursday, and now I have to go back on February 1st for a biopsy. Still nervous!

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@sparklegram I'm sorry to hear that. I know how nerve-wracking that can be to wait for a biopsy… no fun at all. I go in on the 20th for a mammogram and ultrasound and am dreading not so much the visit as what I may be told afterward. Let us keep the faith and marshal our spirits!

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@elizm

@sparklegram I'm sorry to hear that. I know how nerve-wracking that can be to wait for a biopsy… no fun at all. I go in on the 20th for a mammogram and ultrasound and am dreading not so much the visit as what I may be told afterward. Let us keep the faith and marshal our spirits!

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@elizm I will be thinking of you on the 20th. Yes, marshal our spirits, and let us know how your appointment goes. I'm so grateful to all the people in this forum for bringing not only information but comfort during difficult times.

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Sit quietly and have compassion for yourself for what u are going through. I have my first check up this week.

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