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Jul 27, 2019 · Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)? in Breast Cancer

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Jul 27, 2019 · Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)? in Breast Cancer

“This is not an invasive surgery and there is no need for a breathing tube unless they are doing a mastectomy.”

Jul 25, 2019 · Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)? in Breast Cancer

https://www.health.harvard.edu/medical-tests-and-procedures/excisional-biopsy-of-the-breast-a-to-z

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/cancer/in-depth/biopsy/art-20043922

https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/health/treatment-tests-and-therapies/breast-biopsy

I cannot let misinformation sit. To say that the only reason to have general anesthesia (where a breathing tube is used) is if you are having a mastectomy or have health complications is just plain false. I spent countless hours researching and reading, had 3 separate physicians recommend the same breast surgeon, had 2 consultations w/ the surgeon to discuss every single aspect of the excisional biopsy, including anesthesia and her years of surgical experience . If you read the above links you will find information that supports that excisional biopsies may require general anesthesia.

For those of you who face something similar, I had the Savi Scout inserted first thing in the morning, had the surgery around mid-day, spent time in the recovery room, then back in my out-patient room and then went home – about 12 hours in total. I have declined chemoprevention therapy, just had a clean mammogram and ultrasound, a successful visit w/ my surgeon who rightfully patted herself on the back for doing a great job concealing my 2 inch scar and I have a follow-up in the new year where I will have an MRI.

Be your own advocate. Ask questions, multiple times if you need to. Find people who will be on your side. Go with your gut and don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.

Jul 24, 2019 · Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)? in Breast Cancer

@khauff Are you a doctor, surgeon or anesthesiologist?? Actually, I’m not even going to further reply to your comment…I’m done here.

Jul 23, 2019 · Anyone dealing with Atypical Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)? in Breast Cancer

Hi jzcareformom. At 83 I can understand your mom’s concern about having surgery. It is not something to take lightly at any age, but for someone who is up in age I can understand the need for weighing the risk/benefits. It is a surgery with anesthesia and a breathing tube (and a pre-op surgical check-up and all the rest that went w/ it) and for me, at 59, I didn’t particularly find it to be a walk in the park. Her diagnostic mammogram findings should state the size of the microcalcificaitons and when she goes back for her 6 month follow-up (which she should definitely do), then they can do a comparison which might help her to come to a decision on going forward w/ the excisional biopsy. Making these decisions is difficult and lots of people (doctors included) will tell you what you should do – I know from personal experience how debilitating it all can be if you question your own judgement. Good luck to your mom and to you…

May 22, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

Update: I was originally going to ask the surgeon for the name of someone for a 2nd opinion, but held off on it because it didn’t feel like the right person to ask. Yesterday I saw my primary for an upper respiratory thing and stated my concern and he gave me a name of someone totally outside the group. Anyway, I am now in the process of getting all the pathology reports together so that the appointment can be scheduled. I might not get a different answer but I’m really going to ask the doctor to drill down the risk/benefit of taking the AI. I’ll keep you posted.

Apr 30, 2019 · Concerned about the side effects of anastrozole in Breast Cancer

@colleenyoung Well a phone call is going out first thing in the morning to ask why I haven’t heard anything yet. As far as a second opinion…I don’t think that would be very easy. This doctor comes highly recommended and while there are other oncologists, they are all part of the same breast center, so I’d have to go out of the region. And then there is the surgeon…who works with the oncologist…such a snowball effect. I am hoping to get my care on track because it’s going to be a long haul.