• I for sure have (had) 2 cancers in the left breast...they were so small they came out w/ the excisional biopsy. They were cancer! MRI says..

    Asked by HearMeRoar on Saturday, January 19, 2013

    I for sure have (had) 2 cancers in the left breast...they were so small they came out w/ the excisional biopsy. They were cancer! MRI says..

    I have two additional spots in that breast (left) and two other spots in the right breast. On the MRI all of the other spots look to be between 5 and 7 mm but they are calling them suspicious. Are they calling them that just because I had almost non suspicious spots that turned out to be cancer?

    I don't want to OWN that I have bilateral breast cancer because we won't know until those are biopsied but I am very scared! Right now, for now, I am clinically stage 1c.

    I have spent this whole week thinking the WORST and dreading telling my 8 and 10 year old boys.

    7 Answers from the Community

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      You have only one cancer with multiple tumors. The MRI did not say they were cancer, the biopsy pathology report did. All tumors are labeled suspicious until they are determined to be otherwise.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Hugs, hang in there. Nancy is right about "medical speak", which can scare the daylights out of us laypeople. One report said my spleen was "grossly normal" I saw the word grossly and freaked until I saw normal. Speak with you oncology team and start mapping out a treatment plan. Once you get proactive and know what you are dealing with, it does calm you down. Waiting for the test results is the worse part.

      It's ok to frightened and angry we've all been there. sending you virtual hugs and a hand to hold

      almost 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      It is possible that you have more than one cancer.... That does happen. You won't know until you see results from the biopsies. Suspicious spots look suspicious based on various characteristics... like shape of calcifications and changes from previous tests and so on.... One friend of mine had two tumors with different cancer characteristics, leading to the diagnosis of two different primary cancers. On the one hand, this meant that neither had spread... but on the other hand, she had two cancers. Another friend of mine has what's called multi-focal tumors... which means same cancer in several places.

      And I hear you. I don't want to own that I ever had cancer. I didn't want to own that I was going to have to do chemo. I didn't want any of it. It all SUCKS!!!!!! It's such a scary time, when you are in the middle of the "figuring it all out" stage. So very very scary.

      My child was nine when I got my diagnosis, and so I understand that dread as well. In Minneapolis, we have an organization called the Angel Foundation (not linked with any religious group). That group specifically works with with families with an adult facing a cancer diagnosis. We did a six week program during which the adults had a support group while the kids did kid-specific and age appropriate programming. It was AMAZING and really helped us talk to him appropriately about our diagnosis. We also were able to connect with other parents of younger children... and talk about what issues we faced simply as parents but also as parents dealing with a cancer diagnosis. We also have a day-long winter retreat... a summer camp for the kids... and more. I highly recommend groups like this, if you can find one in your area. A good way to find out about such resources is to talk to a social worker who works specifically with cancer resources. At the breast center where I received treatment and so on, we have such a social worker. Also, the cancer center had brochures and so on for local resources. Lastly, the ACS has a tremendous database of cancer resources.

      I hope this helps. It's hard to get this diagnosis.... and I think harder when we have younger children.

      Best wishes.

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      MRI is just an image. It can't identify cancer or not cancer. It's limited to identifying things that may be cancer ("suspicious".) Until biopsies of the suspicious areas are done, no one can say if they are cancer or not.

      So, unfortunately, what you OWN is a difficult situation of not knowing all the answers, or even all the questions, right now. It's the most difficult place to be, no doubt. I have an 11yo son and 16yo daughter so I can also relate to your added anxiety about your children.

      By the way, I had a known (biopsy-proven) cancerous tumor when an MRI identified two other suspicious areas. The two new areas were then biopsied and they were found to be benign. The MRI showed the original tumor to be much larger than originally thought. Additional biopsies of the original tumor proved this.

      almost 4 years ago
    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      Thank you all so much! My known spots are .5 and 1.5 cm. The other spots all seen to be 5 to 7 mm. I had a blessed day today. A beautiful outdoor adventure with my family! So happy and grateful! My first thought wastto do double mastectomy just to get them off. Now I think I may want to know what I am in for first and do biopsies...have not met my oncologist yet.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      My right breast was full of cancer and so were the lymph nodes....but my left breast..all the spots lit up on the MRI were benign.....SO...just because you lit up on the MRI doesn't mean cancer till its biopsied....it is nerve wracking and stressful, but dont' say anything to your children till you have all teh information....btw....at the time of my dignosis, my youngest DD was turning 8.....and I'll be 7 years from Dx in 2 weeks....

      almost 4 years ago
    • pressinfwd's Avatar

      Four years ago I had a ex
      excisional biopsy to remove calcification from my left breast. The results were benign and the oncologist told me that although they were benign, I would probably get cancer. Now, four years later (Nov 2012), I was diagnosed with breast cancer in the same breast. It's been a real emotional roller coaster for me, but my faith in God and the support of family and friends has helped me.

      I chose to have a second opinion by another doctor in a different network. At my consultation with the breast surgeon, I was told that the mass was 1cm and she recommend a lumpectomy with radiation to follow.

      I had an MRI last month that showed a second tumor smaller than the first and the biopsy confirmed they both were malignant. This changed the treatment to a mastectomy. I have chosen to have a bilateral and immediate reconstructive surgery in a few weeks.

      I am a single mother of two (21 and 15) and I have shared with them both my decision, which I believe is best. At this point I'm ready to have this surgery and put this all behind me. Yes, I am still a little scared. I trust God will see me through this.

      I wish you the best

      almost 4 years ago

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