• The radiologist , said , i had carcinoma , right before Christmas , the path came back cancerous , never seen the path report,send to surg.

    Asked by hallothere on Monday, January 28, 2013

    The radiologist , said , i had carcinoma , right before Christmas , the path came back cancerous , never seen the path report,send to surg.

    had mastectomy a few days ago , I been going to the same radiology office for over 10 years , on yearly bases , how could they miss any changes until now , when they said its almost 2 cm , and i have 2 sites?????

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      First and for most lots and lots of hugs. Carcinoma is another term used for cancer. Mammographies are great for early detection, but can only go so far, and don't pick up everything, especially if you have implants or dense breast tissue. There is also a possibility that the tumors were not present before or too small to be picked up. At this time concentrate on get well and the right treatment.

      If you feel strongly about this you can get copies of your last few years of mamos and get a 2nd opinion.

      over 7 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      I had mammos annually for several years.....on year nothing, and the next year stage 2!!!! and a couple months before Dx I had annual gyn exam with clinical breast exam and nothing!!!!!
      No good answers....

      over 7 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      I had a mammo and a clinical breast exam both less than six months before I was diagnosed with Stage 3 BC. My primary tumor was 5.1 x 3.3 x 2.5cm and I had a good-sized secondary tumor in a lymph node. My cancer cells are Grade 3 which are very malignant and fast-growing. I also have dense breast tissue and even after the tumor was located (by feel) it could not be seen on mammo or ultrasound. Only visible with MRI.

      I suspect you will hear from others with a similar situation. Still, you should ask your oncologist about your situation so you can better understand what you are dealing with. Fast-growing cancer? Dense breasts? Both?

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      Cancer can grow very quickly. It is most likely that your radiologist didn't miss anything. Many more and larger tumors could have grown in a years time.

      over 7 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I went for my yearly routine mammogram. Nothing showed on the mammogram. They noted that my lymph node seemed a little generous. I had a flu shot recently so they figured that could be the cause. However they decided to do an ultrasound of the breast which showed nothing -- and a biopsy of the lymph node. Within a couple of days, I received a call that the Lymph Node contained Breast Cancer Cells. I returned to the Clinic for a 6 hour session of MRI, Ultrasounds, Biopsies, etc. The MRI showed "something" which was a 4.9 cm tumor -- my diagnosis ended up being Invasive Pleomorphic Lobular Carcinoma with 8 out of 11 positive lymph nodes. They say that Lobular Carcinoma is hard to detect on a mammo -- they refer to the line-up positioning as "marching soldiers". Also, I had dense/fibrocystic tissue which renders a mammo almost useless. I feel that people with dense/fibrocystic tissue should have a yearly MRI instead of a mammo. No one wants lymph node involvement but, in my case, thank god for the "generous" lymph node or I would have gone home for another whole year thinking everything was ok. You can ask for a copy of the Pathology Report. My Hospital/Oncologist/Surgeon have the "My Chart" where I can go online and look at all my reports (Pathology, Scans, Bloodwork, etc.) I wish you the best!

      over 7 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      This is why it is so important to stay up to date on all your cancer screenings. Cancer can grow so quickly. Because you were so diligent, your cancer was caught early (stage I). I wouldn't worry about your Dr missing anything. Chances are, it wasn't there at your last check up. Stupid Cancer!!!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • DianaL's Avatar

      Hi hallothere,
      Sorry that you having to go through this--lots of hugs and prayers. I was diagnosed on my yearly mammogram with just a denseness that was not there the year before. I had to go back for dx mammogram, and ultrasound. The radiologist was a real winner--you have a large mass in your left breast. I was really upset. Have not missed a mammogram since I turned 40. The biopsy came back with Invasive Lobular Carcinoma about 2 cm. I had a lumpectomy and they took the three sentinel nodes--two of which showed microscopice cancer cells. My PCP, my medical oncologist and surgical oncologist all told me that the cancer had probably been there for years--just too small to show up. My surgical oncologist says it takes a long time to show if you have a slow growing tumor which mine was. Get a second opinion if that will make you feel better and just get ready to fight like a girl! It is not the end of the world, even though it feels like it when you get diagnosed. Lots of hugs!!!

      over 7 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      It happens sometimes. I had annual mammograms with nothing. The a year later noticed changes in right breast. Mammogram, sonogram and biopsy revealed cancer cells. MRI showed two other areas. Biopsies of those area one cancerous, one not. I had mastectomy, reconstruction, chemo and rad. Pathology report said tumor was 7 cm!!! And this only a year after mammogram. Surgeon said it was probably slowly growing for several years. Going for implant in February. Ask your surgeon or oncologist to go over your pathology report. Best of luck in everything. God bless :)

      over 7 years ago
    • hallothere's Avatar

      Thank you , for all your answers , it was very helpful , I will see my surgeon tomorrow and will get some more answers . The most what I am scared of is that I will not be able to work and our bills will not get paid , there is no safety net in this country . I grew up in Germany and came over 25 years ago , and I loved the Universal healthcare and their paid all around sick leave , which is not available here. I still hear my mom saying , never get sick in America or you will loose everything you got!

      over 7 years ago
    • Marshah's Avatar

      Some breast cancers do not show up in mammography. My sister found a lump in her breast and when for a mammography. They marked the spot with a patch but nothing showed up. They tried it again and still nothing. They did surgery-(mastectomy) and it was cancer. While mammography is very reliable it is not foolproof. Regular breast exams by profressionals and monthly self breast exams are very inportant.

      over 7 years ago
    • nonnie917's Avatar

      I think it all depends on the facility you go to and who reads the film. My radiologist missed a cancerous spot at the 5:30 position in my breast and the other two positive spots were at 1 and 2 o'clock. I had an MRI and they found cancer clusters in the left breast. Had to have a double mastectomy. ALWAYS DEMAND a copy of your report. If you don't get it in 3 days you go in or you call every hour until you get an answer. I recently had to do that with an endoscopy report that I never got a call on or a letter. After 10 I started calling them every hour until I got an answer. Thank God it wasn't cancer. We have to take our health care into our own hands no matter what these doctors say. We are paying them, they are not paying us.

      over 7 years ago
    • Grandy's Avatar

      Same thing here... Clear mammogram yearly... Nov. there is a 5cm tumor, in at least a couple of lymph nodes, and BC in my liver!!! But I do have dense breasts!!! It's unfair isn't it?

      over 7 years ago

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