Was your breast cancer misdiagnosed by a radiologist?

Posted by sandyjr @sandyjr, Nov 2, 2020

I am just curious. How many of you have been misdiagnosed by a radiologist. Was it on your mamo or an MRI…or something else? How many were told you did not have breast cancer when you did?

@elizm – I also had no family history of breast cancer- or any cancer. I was also physically fit, had a good diet. Only risk factors I can think of was living close to a golf course in the 70s- while they still used dangerous toxins on the grass. Many women living in same area developed breast cancer and men other cancers. It was still not thought to be a hot spot. I also worked many years in a building where same happened. I worked there when I was diagnosed. Department of Health investigated- nothing.

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@elizm – I also had no family history of breast cancer- or any cancer. I was also physically fit, had a good diet. Only risk factors I can think of was living close to a golf course in the 70s- while they still used dangerous toxins on the grass. Many women living in same area developed breast cancer and men other cancers. It was still not thought to be a hot spot. I also worked many years in a building where same happened. I worked there when I was diagnosed. Department of Health investigated- nothing.

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@ astaingegerdm
Today, researchers know that environmental factors are a HUGE cause of cancers… but too late for many of us living among/with them for years. I despair of the Feds cutting back on clean air and water standards, and on the pesticides and other toxins which eventually seep into our water tables and wells. The U.S. has poisoned its nest, I fear.

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@elizm – You are right about the water. We never thought of risks drinking groundwater then. We stopped at once and never drink tap water.

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Yes…I had a 3D mammogram and 2 months later I felt a lump that was a 2CM adeno squamous metaplastic carcinoma. Apparently this cancer is difficult to read.

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I was misdiagnosed by radiologist and gyn. Gyn said on two separate visits, nine months apart that my breast was grainy and just changing with age as is normal. No lump felt first time, second time absolutely felt lump. Gyn said no lump just aging. I insisted on mam. ,which led to immediate ultrasound . Radiologist said I had a rather large fibro abnoma, never cancer. I was told to just get my yearly mam and do monthly checks and come back in a year. I went for second opinion in larger well known hospital where doctor almost did not do check up because of confidence of radiologist sent me to breast cancer surgeon. Had MRI and ultra sound and Biopsy, stage 2 b breast cancer, mastectomy which lab found a second cancer in other breast stage 1, it was never picked up and I could not feel a lump. Not a spread just bi-lateral breast cancer. Thank God for second opinions. I wish I had gone sooner. Neither doctors or technology is perfect so be your own advocate. Surgeon said if I had listened to the other doctors I would not have survived but had 2 lymph nodes and my tumor was 4cm so there is always a risk of recurrence.

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I was misdiagnosed by radiologist and gyn. Gyn said on two separate visits, nine months apart that my breast was grainy and just changing with age as is normal. No lump felt first time, second time absolutely felt lump. Gyn said no lump just aging. I insisted on mam. which led to immediate ultrasound . Radiologist said I had a rather large fibro abnoma, never cancer. No problem. Nothing to worry sbout. I was told to just get my yearly mam and do monthly checks and come back in a year. I went for second opinion in larger well known hospital where doctor almost did not do check up because of confidence of radiologist but after feeling my breast he sent me to breast cancer surgeon. Had MRI and ultra sound and Biopsy, stage 2 b breast cancer, mastectomy which lab found a second cancer in other breast stage 1, it was never picked up in any of the screenings and I could not feel a lump. Not a spread just bi-lateral breast cancer. Thank God for second opinions. I wish I had gone sooner. Oncologist said it had probably been there for 10 years growing.
I never missed a check up or mammogram with same doctor and radiologist. Each time I voiced my concern they blew me off with a lot of technical jargon which turned out to be inaccurate. Neitherr doctors or technology is perfect so be your own advocate. Surgeon and oncologist said if I had listened to the other doctors and not gotten second opinion I would not have survived but as time delay causes it had 2 lymph nodes and my tumor was 4cm so there is always a risk of recurrence.

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@cathyhand – Great that you got a second opinion!
I tell people all the time to get a second opinion if the answer you get doesn’t synchronize with what one feels. Even 3rd opinions.

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