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MRI Biospy for 22 year old

By December 26, 2009 - 2:26pm
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My daughter has been diagnosed with dense breast. She went in 3 months ago for a biopsy on a cyst. It can back normal. Went for a check up last week and the radiologist wanted to do a mri on her breast because they were so dense. Got a call and said the mri showed 3 questionable areas in one breast and one in the other. They are wanting to do 3 mri biopsies on one breast and an ultrasound biopsy on the other. We are going to take her records to get a second opion but wondering what to do?

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Hi Debi - It might be beneficial for your daughter to become involved in a breast cancer information group aimed at young women. I've found that the groups for young people have a very different "flavor" than traditional groups, and are more focused on living well and being informed than on dwelling on the possible end of life aspects of a serious medical condition. In many ways these groups have a much healthier approach to dealing with the concerns you've mentioned and they use peer-to-peer language that's open and reassuring.
Take care, and please keep in touch. Pat

January 19, 2010 - 6:11pm
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Anonymous (reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you Pat. I will pass this on to my daughter. Debi

January 20, 2010 - 7:08am
HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

You're very welcome, Debi. Please know that you, and she, can get in touch with us at anytime and we wish both of you long, healthy, happy and empowered lives.

January 20, 2010 - 5:18pm

That is my thinking. I know that it was always in the back of my mine is it going to be this time.

She wants to keep on top of this. It seems like once they know you have a family history they become overly cautious. This can be good and bad. She will be getting MRI mammograms regularly and they will keep watch on the fibroadenomas.

Thank you for all of your help. Debi

January 18, 2010 - 7:51pm
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Hi Debi - I too am unclear on what you mean by your post. Are you worried that your daughter is facing a lifetime of being in these types of situations and perhaps being subjected to too many procedures?

I believe that I'm alive today because my doctors took extra precautions due to breast cancer history in my family, as well as benefiting from advances in detection and treatment. I've had to learn a lot of information to protect my health, choose the right doctors, be knowledgeable about procedures, differentiate treatment facilities, and more. It hasn't been easy at times, especially in the early days when there were far less resources available to consumers. It's been worth it though. The more a patient understands about their condition, the more they can partner with their physicians to manage the situation. Are you concerned that this is something your daughter doesn't want to do? And is there something we can do to help you?
Please let us know. Thanks, Pat

January 18, 2010 - 5:35pm

Update. My daughter's biopsy came back negative (fibroadenoma). The radiologist wanted to do 4 biopsies in all but after my daughter saw here OB-GYN and she did a breast exam and suggested we just have the one done in the right breast. She had a biopsy on the left in June and it came back fibroadenoma and the three they saw probably the same. She will be having MRI mammagrams from now on because of her dense breast and the fibroadenomas. I think that radiologists who read these and know that the mother has had breast cancer pre or postmemonpausal are more cautious and may recommend biopsy. I feel that we have opened a can of worms, when it comes to our daughters and their mammagrams who have mother's with breast cancer.

January 17, 2010 - 5:16pm
(reply to debi)

I'm glad to know your daughter's results were positive and, in a way, we have opened a can of worms. However, the process your daughter went through it very common for women who have dense breasts. My mother went through the same process your daughter went through and also had positive results. She was told that the biopsies and ultrasounds performed on women with dense breasts are very common when a cyst (benign or otherwise) is located because the results are more accurate.

Thank you for the update and I hope your daughter continues to have positive results.

January 19, 2010 - 8:35am
(reply to debi)

Can you explain more what you mean when you say "you opened a can of worms" in regards to your daughter's mammograms and her family history of breast cancer?

Are you saying that you are afraid that your daughter will be subjected to too many tests that are unnecessary, because of her family history and dense breast tissue? Has she talked with her doctor about this concern?

January 17, 2010 - 9:27pm


I'm so glad you are getting a second opinion. If that second opinion comes back saying "wait and see," I would even consider getting a third opinion. You need as much information as you can gather with a possible diagnosis like this.

That said, there is little risk involved in biopsies, and it may ease your mind to have them done and find out for sure if anything abnormal is going on.

What's important to know here is that there is no wrong answer. What you do is get all the information you can and then make the best decision you can. You put one foot in front of the other, and just go forward. If you use the wait-and-see approach, you go back in a few months to see if anything has changed. If you use the biopsy approach, you will know something right away. Either way, don't second-guess yourself. As Susan said, you're doing exactly what you should be doing.

Hang in there, and please let us know how things develop.

December 29, 2009 - 8:31am
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Anonymous (reply to Diane Porter)

Thank you Diane. We have not heard from the second opinion yet. They were saying that they may not be able to read the CD for the MRI because of software differences. Will keep you posted. Thank you.

December 30, 2009 - 7:07am
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