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Breast clinic questions

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TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 20:39:15

Saw GP 1 for breast examination.
Saw GP 2 for breast examination as issues not cyclical.
Saw hospital doctor and expected an ultrasound (as per letter).
He said he wanted me to have an ultrasound and a mammogram and to see him in 6 weeks after I had had them.
He asked if any questions, I said only that I was expecting to have the ultrasound today. He said he was sorry but it wasn't a one stop shop. I didn't think of any more questions until it was too late and tbh I doubt he could have answered anyway. I now have to wait and hope the receptionist passes on the message as she wrote M (mammogram) and O (ultrasound confused).

Not sure what I am asking really. Just came away feeling tearful and sick as it felt more real all of a sudden.

hellymelly Thu 14-Jul-11 20:44:54

So did they schedule you in for an ultrasound shortly? I'm surprised they called you in but didn't do anything,did the hosp doc examine you? I think clinics do vary.I was referred to one where they do whatever needs doing there and then and its all in the same unit-although I paid to have the ultrasound earlier ,with the same consultant,as i didn't want the few weeks wait. I had a milk cyst and was pretty sure all was fine,but still,the waiting is hard so I feel for you. Although on the upside your GP can't be terribly worried or he/she would have fast-tracked you.

pinkstarlight Thu 14-Jul-11 20:48:39

6 weeks is far to long to be worrying,go back to your gp he should be able to get you seen before.your normally seen at breast clinic within 2 weeks and given a mammogram and ultra sound then and there.sounds like you was refered as non urgent by your gp.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 20:48:45

Today's appointment was very fast after the GP appointment. I have to wait to get a letter in the post for my appointment.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 20:49:26

The thing was the GP asked for me to have an ultrasound but the doctor today wants me to have a mammogram as well.

hellymelly Thu 14-Jul-11 20:53:09

I only had an ultrasound as I am breastfeeding. Does that apply to you?

TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 21:00:01

No, not pregnant or anything.

I don't really think I have breast cancer but I am scared.

Winetimeisfinetime Thu 14-Jul-11 21:01:41

How old are you Fab ? The tend to do mammograms when you are older and the breast tissue is less dense and so easier to image, so the dr wanting to do a mammogram may be age related.

When I went to the breast clinic ( in my late 40s ) they did a mammogram first and then an ultrasound on the area they were concerned about.

I agree with helly that 6 weeks is too long to wait - can you phone the breast cinic and ask if you can get an earlier appointment ? I would give them a ring, if you are worried, before even waiting for the letter to arrive tbh.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 21:05:35

I am 39.

The 6 weeks is when I would be seeing the doctor again, having had the too procedures.

TBH DS2 is ill, DS1 was in hospital yesterday, I have to chase up documents from A & E to get GP appointments, I have been ill for a few weeks so I need a few days to get my head around it all and also give them a chance to send a letter.

I just wasn't expecting this today.

Winetimeisfinetime Thu 14-Jul-11 21:28:01

Sounds like you have plenty of stress already, without this Fab. I would take heart that if the dr had concerns that there was anything sinister then he would have speeded the process up.

I know how scary it is as I have had a couple of breast problems - a lump years ago and then more recently persistant breast pain and although you try not to worry you can't really relax until you know what's what.

catsareevil Thu 14-Jul-11 21:34:48

If they see anything concerning on the scans they should speed up you appointment.

TheOriginalFAB Thu 14-Jul-11 21:35:51

I suppose I am a bit worried that I am not worried. I have thought I have had things wrong before and didn't, always right about the kids, so this time I don't think I have anything bad, what if I do?

TheOriginalFAB Tue 19-Jul-11 16:02:41

I have got my appointments through for the mammogram and ultrasound and they are 5 minutes apart. Is that right?

mollymawk Tue 19-Jul-11 22:14:56

Yes, this is probably right if they are close together in the hospital and the mammogram is first. A mammogram only takes about 5 mins. Ultrasound would be longer. You should be able to get results/see doctor again within about 2 weeks of these if they do a biopsy or even if less if they don't.

TheOriginalFAB Wed 20-Jul-11 09:36:26

Thank you. I have had more pain but that is meant to be good as if it is cancer there is no pain, I have been told.

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 20-Jul-11 10:39:02

hope everything goes well for you fab - even if there is something wrong,remember that the whole system after diagnosis is amazingly good and efficient. Hop over to the tamoxifen thread for hand holding and reassurance !

TheOriginalFAB Wed 20-Jul-11 10:42:46

Am I right that having pain means it can't be cancer?

Thank you for the invite and reassurance.

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 20-Jul-11 10:58:34

I'm afraid it can't be ruled out but generally pain isn't associated with breast cancer. You are more than welcome -everyone on the thread will understand how you are feeling smile

TheOriginalFAB Wed 20-Jul-11 11:07:06

Thank you.

smee Wed 20-Jul-11 12:13:29

FAB when you have the ultrasound you might find out a bit more - I know when I had mine the specialist doing the ultrasound told me exactly what she could see and talked me through it. Am not sure if that's common practice or not though. Definitely push for an earlier appointment. Even if it's not a one stop clinic, making you wait five weeks is mean when you're worried.

TheOriginalFAB Wed 20-Jul-11 14:23:20

I have my appointments and they are for 4 weeks time. I am not unduly worried which makes me wonder if I should be confused.

smee Wed 20-Jul-11 14:33:42

If the appointments are that far away, then I think you're right not to be worried. ime breast cancer's treated fast and furiously, so the four week time lag implies it's nothing v.much to worry about. I'm sure they'll call you in pronto if they think otherwise. smile

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 20-Jul-11 14:34:15

I don't think it has any bearing on what the outcome will be - despite past feelings about whether something is going to be bad or not -it's a very emotionally charged time -the waiting bit-anyway. And you do sound a bit stressed anyway,which isn't helping.

MaryAnnSingleton Wed 20-Jul-11 14:35:20

and yes,smee is right -if they were concerned particularly you'd've been passed through the system much faster,so take some comfort in that

TheOriginalFAB Wed 20-Jul-11 16:03:12

TBh the hospital doctor did less checking than the GP's. I am a bit curious as to why I am having new problems with my breasts that I have never had before.

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