• Fibroadenomas or Hamartomas turning to Breast Cancer

    Asked by Chincoteague13 on Sunday, December 29, 2013

    Fibroadenomas or Hamartomas turning to Breast Cancer

    The local Breast Center where I live diagnosed my palpable lump as a Fibroadenoma or a Hamartoma in 1994. It measured 7 mm in 1994. On September 26, 2013, it measured 1.4 cm. It was removed on October 15, 2013. I want to know what the diagnosis is. I asked the surgeon and the pathologist what the diagnosis is and they will not tell me. The only diagnosis on the pathology report is the DCIS and the Invasive Ductal Carcinoma. I suspect the palpable lump was discarded and never diagnosed. On October 15, 2013, I also had removed DCIS and Invasive Ductal Carcinoma.

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    • lilymadeline's Avatar
      lilymadeline

      I am shocked beyond words that they won't give you a diagnosis! Those [email redacted] First thing you need to do is get copies of whatever you can and run to a cancer center far away from that lousy Breast Center, do you research and get an appointment with the best oncologist you can! It sounds like you should be in treatment but you definitely need a second opinion! Second thing you need to do is see a good attorney that only handles or at least specializes in medical malpractice lawsuits because it also sounds like you might have a lawsuit and it would serve them right to be sued! Good luck and best wishes and please don't give up! I also don't understand why they left a lump discovered in 1994 there until 2013! That doesn't make sense to me either. So sorry that you had to go through this but hopefully you will have better medical care in the near future!

      over 7 years ago
    • Samcharlie's Avatar
      Samcharlie

      I agree with lilymadeline - get to an attorney and a second opinion. You need records to assist the doctor for the second opinion. (When an attorney requests records everyone starts paying attention to your case.) Doctors must give you a diagnosis of all biopsies. Hopefully, a major medical center/university hospital is close to you and can give you an appointment soon. Good luck and let us know how you make out.

      over 7 years ago
    • sueoop's Avatar
      sueoop

      In 2012, I had a biopsy done, it came back as a Fibroadenoma as well. My breast surgeon was still suspicious based on the mammogram and recommended a lumpectomy to remove it. It came back as Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. During the original biopsy, several samples were taken from different parts of the mass, they all came back clean.
      Best of luck to you.

      over 7 years ago
    • ld_105's Avatar
      ld_105

      What are you doing now for follow up care after surgery? What about follow up appointments with the surgeon? You did not see an oncologist? To get your paper work and films, dvd,'s reports, etc it will take a week or so to organize everything. Start calling to get this information.
      Move forward. I had many many calcified deposits in my breasts which is why I had mammograms almost every year and 5 surgical biopsies. When they found the IDC it was was 1cm. This is what I did when I found the 1st hospital that did the stereotactic biopsy lacking:
      Got the pathology report, went to my PCP, discussed the best cancer centers for me, had them fax reports to 2 cancer centers, followed up with phone calls, went to pickup old films, dvds, etc. Then personally delivered copies of these items when they said they didn't receive them, 3 times. Got to know the surgeon's nurse until she wondered why I showed up so frequently. Don't wait. My surgeon gave me the DX right after surgery and sent me to an oncologist. Good luck.

      over 7 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar
      Nonnie917

      You have a right to know what those tests showed and they have an obligation to tell you. If they don't, go to their superiors until you get an answer. DCIS is cancer because I had localized DCIS at stage 0. I had both breasts removed because the MRI showed clusters in the left breast that were negative so I didn't have to do any treatment of any kind. Just the breast removal and reconstruction. Get on their backs until you get an answer and request copies of all your tests. You have a right to those as well. Don't give in to them and just forget it. Push them until you get an answer. Good luck. I hope you get your answer soon.

      over 7 years ago
    • StamPurr's Avatar
      StamPurr

      I have always had lumpy, bumpy, dense breast tissue. I had my first mammo before I was about 27. I had first biopsy before I was 30 and have had several since then. March 2013, age 52, was the first time any of them came back as more than a cyst or fibroid (not sure I spelled that right). My fibroids and cysts were not something that could turn into cancer. This time the mammogram and ultrasound both showed cancer and I was told even before the biopsy that they were sure it was cancer. Only one of the lumps biopsied was fibroid and not cancer. You should DEMAND a copy of the pathology report and then take that to another physician (an oncologist)

      over 7 years ago

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