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OK,so has anyone experience of 'excision biopsy'? Wondering just how horrible this is going to be...

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Day unit, general anaesthetic (and going to my mum's overnight for recovery and pampering) - but how long will my poor abused tit hurt for, and will I have to stop work (ie no lifting and lugging things) for more than a couple of days?

Lonecatwithkitten Wed 20-Feb-13 08:38:22

Just wanted to give you an idea SGB as to how long you will be sore and brusied for. I had core biopsies two weeks ago tomorrow, my consultant does not believe you need a GA for them so they were done under local anaesthetic in my lunch hour!
So my Boob still has fresh bruising arriving on the surface two weeks later and is still sore when I do something a bit strenuous. The steristrip stitches came off on Saturday - I am a vet so I was allowed to do them myself.
I have told only 3 people in RL and my DD doesn't even know I have been to the doctors. I was told if it was all okay I would get a phone call at 7 days and if it wasn't I would get the plan at the 3 week clinic appointment - I guess I am getting a plan. The waiting is the worst bit for me I can cope with anything once I have a plan.

Oh Lonecat, poor you. I know exactly what you mean about having a plan. Once you know what's going on, you can adapt to it, but when you don't know, you get kind of frozen in place. On the one hand it's like, oh forget it, won't be anything to worry about, big fuss about nothing, and then you spin back to, what's going to happen if I'm really ill, who will look after DC, is this my last spring?

Mind you, I think your HCPs are a bit unfeeling to tell you that if you haven't heard in 7 days then you should basically take that as bad news!

Oh SGB, how scary. You too, Lonecat. I'll be thinking of you. It is indeed the not knowing that is so awful.

I'm back for another whine. This is an extra whine and of course I'm being silly, only no one's saying don't be silly. Basically, tits is one thing but I also have a Wierd Lump on my hand. And when I went to the GP practice nurse to have the biopsy dressing removed and the cut inspected etc, I asked about the lump on my hand, and she prodded it a bit and said that actually the doctor should see it. And I said to her that Google was a terrible frightener and I was sure it wasn't anything and all that but, erm, sarcomas, and she didn't say don't be so silly. And it's not a zit and it's not a pluke and it's not a chilblain and it's not a callous, and it's a thing and it makes my whole hand hurt and it's growing, and I already have a suspiciosly lumpy tit.
ANd I'm going to fucking die, aren't I?

SOrry sorry sorry, just ranting after some booze.

IamtheZombie Sun 24-Feb-13 12:23:39

Oh, SGB. (((((Hugs)))))

Deep breath. One step at a time. Do you have an appointment with the GP? If it's growing quickly, it is far more likely to be a cyst of some kind.

I really do understand how hard it is not to worry, but please try. When you are under investigation or treatment for breast cancer you suddenly become hyper-aware of absolutely everything about your body.

Just keep holding my hand.

sgb do you want to nip over to the tamoxifen thread for some more handholding ? you'd be be very welcome (waves to lonecat)

Feeling less paranoid this morning as there's only 4 more days to wait for results. And I will be seeing the GP on the 8th about the finger-lump.
MaryAnnS, thanks for the invite, I've been sort of thinking I'd wait till I know before joining the thread IYSWIM.

whenever you feel the need sgb -we have several people waiting for results and whatnot smile

Update: All clear, it was a cyst of some kind and harmless, and has been completely removed. Immense relief and going to have a stiff drink later. Thanks everyone for support and good wishes.

Flisspaps Thu 28-Feb-13 16:57:01

Really pleased to hear that SGB wine

CoteDAzur Thu 28-Feb-13 16:58:06

Really pleased for you, SGB. Here, have a wine

yay !!!!!!

lougle Thu 28-Feb-13 17:33:31

Well if you're going to have a suspisciously lumpy boob, that's the best lumpy bit to have grin

Congratulations, SGB.

Woo hoo!!

IamtheZombie Thu 28-Feb-13 21:15:32

That's great news, SGB. I'm really pleased for you.

BewitchedBotheredandBewildered Mon 04-Mar-13 01:26:26

Oh, fantastic news!
Sorry a bit late blush

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