Surgery for Calcifications/Cancer from Calcifications

Posted by fitchick40 @fitchick40, Nov 14, 2019

I have dense breast and I'm flat chested. Mammogram and Ultrasound again found a cluster of calcifications. They've been there for years but now the radiologist recommended a biopsy. The problem is the radiologist refuses to do a needle biopsy because the Calcifications are too close to the surface. My doctor refuses to give me any information so I was sent to a breast surgeon but had no idea why until I arrived. The surgeon said the needle biopsy can be done but since the radiologist refuses they must put me under and cut me open. I refused because the surgeon said he doesn't think I have cancer and the radiologist results on the ultrasound are wrong. They sent a request to my doctor to have me get a second opinion by another radiologist/hospital but there hasn't been any contact from doctor. Has anyone had breast cancer just from calcifications? Has anyone been cut open to remove calcifications? I feel like the system is broken and I'm being treated like a guinea pig.

I am sorry you are in this situation! Is there a cancer center near you, where you can go for a second opinion? You get to choose where that happens and I always suggest outside the local network if possible. Also please go to one of the breast cancer advocacy sites and you can gain a wealth of information there. Now to your primary question, calcifications might not be cancer. Calcifications can be pre cancer, and a cluster of them certainly should be looked at closer. Better to stop it before it has a chance to get started, if it is those kinds of changes. They frequently cannot answer that until it is under a microscope. Sadly this type of lack of communication is too common, I ask doctors to be blunt, it serves us both and builds trust.
This is just one place where you can read good information on line.
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support-groups

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I am sorry you are in this situation! Is there a cancer center near you, where you can go for a second opinion? You get to choose where that happens and I always suggest outside the local network if possible. Also please go to one of the breast cancer advocacy sites and you can gain a wealth of information there. Now to your primary question, calcifications might not be cancer. Calcifications can be pre cancer, and a cluster of them certainly should be looked at closer. Better to stop it before it has a chance to get started, if it is those kinds of changes. They frequently cannot answer that until it is under a microscope. Sadly this type of lack of communication is too common, I ask doctors to be blunt, it serves us both and builds trust.
This is just one place where you can read good information on line.
https://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/breast-cancer-support-groups

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Thanks but I live in a small town where there are limited options. No help from my doctor regarding a second opinion. I know it's serious but I don't trust the doctors involved. Time to find away to get out of state.

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@fitchick40
What a predicament…. I would call the surgeon's office, explain the situation to his/her nurse navigator (they all have one under various names), and ask if the surgeon would be so kind as to refer you to another hospital's radiology department for a second opinion.

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