I had the same process. The mamogram did not show tumors. My symptom was a bleeding nipple.The Dr. had a gut feeling that there was something going on. They did the MRI, showed areas of concern. They then proceeded with the biopsy. Showed no cancer. The surgeon encouraged me strongly to have a lumpectomy, as again, he had that gut feeling. He performed that lumpectomy and he found 5 tumors, 2 large in my breast. He saved my life. No real answer as to why my tumors did not show. I hope your results are different, but I will be forever grateful my surgeon was persistent.2
I had a mammogram then ultrasound. Came back BI_RAD 5. I had a great radiologist! Biopsy (malignant)then they had me do MRI w/contrast.2days later,another ultrasound.then wanted me to have MRI guided biopsy. I opted out cuz I'm getting a bilateral masectomy but I honestly hope your dr is just being cautious!! Some dr are hard to convince w tests.:-) also MRI picked up R sided masses that mammo&U.S missed. Good luck2
Yes, I have a friend who breast cancer can only be detected by MRI. She catches it very early, has had it 3 times, and is healthy as can be and has no cancer now. So go get the MRI it will be definitive. And if you need the biopsy, they will know where to take it out.1
That was my exact procedure in jan. they want to look at the area much better to locate wxactly where for the biopsy! There is just so much to read & think about!! All the beat to you & your family! Be string1
I went through the mammogram, ultra sound, then and MRI. the biopsy came after the biopsy. If you do have a biopsy, you will most likely have another mammogram so they can keep track of the "marker" they put in during the biopsy.1
I have very dense breasts and have been having regular mamograms for years. Twice had to have a sonogram also. I have very dense breasts. My sister was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Her doctor recommended I come in for an appt....I went today. She is having me get a regular mamogram and MRI. The mamogram doesn't pick up the kind of cancer my sister had....it isn't pea shaped instead it looks like shreads of paper. My sister had 2 mamograms and all looked fine. In reality her doctors told her that the cancer was likely present for at least 18 months to 2 years. The MRI is much better for this kind of cancer and for dense breasts. If there is anything that shows up on the MRI then the doctor will do a biopsy. She did tell me there are sometimes false positives with the MRI especially when you have the first one done. Good luck with everything.1
Each diagnostic test (mammogram, sonogram, MRI) detects abnormalities in different ways. I learned this recently as well. I was scheduled for a lumpectomy on 10-29-12 to remove two malignant lumps from the same breast. My surgeon ordered a pre-surgery MRI of both breasts to make sure there weren't any surprises and the lumpectomy was still a good option. Well.....surprise! My MRI revealed THREE additional abnormalities that were not on the mammogram, two in the already affected breast and one in the other.
Needless to say, my surgery has been rescheduled to a later date because the three new areas of concern must be biopsied to see if my lumpectomy has to morph into a bi-lateral mastectomy. The biopsy is two days after the originally scheduled lumpectomy. I'm an emotional wreck occasionally because now there's all the uncertainty again but I'm glad the MRI was ordered. I'd hate to have a lumpectomy with subsequent treatment only to find out 6 or 12 months down the road that there was more cancer and end up with a mastecomy after all.
Your doctor is just trying to cover all the bases. If the MRI reveals additional abnormalities that need biopsy, you may only have to go through one biopsy procedure instead of two like me.1
There is some cancer that doesn't present itself as a tumor. It sounds like you have a cautious doctor.1
Did your Mammo and sono find anything? I had a negative mammo, negative sono, but did have enlarged lymph node. MRI was done, it too is negative, but the node was positive for breast cancer. Go figure. I am in the process of further testing then will start treatment. I have what is called occult breast cancer. Which means they cannot find the primary, but do have breast cancer in lymph node. Fortunately bone scan and whole body CT were both negative, except for node. Good luck on your test but have the MRI. Cancer can be a sneaky little devil. Chase it down and kick it's flank.1
Thanks so much everyone! Your information and sharing your story to help me learn and get through this means a lot to me.0
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