Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Six Month Follow-up Mammogram

For those who have been following along since this post about my stereotactic breast biopsy, you will be happy to know that today's 6-month follow-up mammogram came up clean. Yay! They just said, "See you in six months at your routine annual mammogram."

Just about the best news I've heard all week.


Laurie in CA said...

Woot woot!!!


Deb Schiff said...

Thanks, Laurie. It was a big relief!

M. Therese said...

Hi -
Am just freaking out about this stereotactic biopsy -
scheduled to happen on Thursday a.m. 3/19 to check on microcalcifications. Getting home after initial mammogram when they said this would need to be next step and reading the 1 1/2 page hand-out with so little clear explanation of the procedure. Found your blog and am so grateful for your detailed info. Why, oh why is this info. not given by the nurses, practitioners?
If I had walked in to see the machine without having seen a picture of it, I would have run the other way. What a crazy looking contraption! Am still anxious and have more questions, but this was a huge help.
Thank you! Have you had any problems with the clips they left in you? They say there is no scarring?
That your experience? Thanks for any more "after the fact" info. And hope you've had good news since on mammograms!

Deb Schiff said...

Hi M. Therese,
Thank you for your comment. I'm glad you found my posts helpful. In fact, I have heard from nurses who refer their patients to my pages to help them understand the experience.

I have not had any problems with the markers. They are tiny, although they did come up on airport screeners in Newark right after I'd had the procedure, but not any more.

The scars are tiny (not even 1/8 of an inch). If you didn't know what they were, you wouldn't notice at all.

My mammograms since have been clear, thankfully.

Best of luck -- and try to remember that you don't have to worry today. Try to put it aside until there is something to worry about. I know, easier said than done, but it does help to ease the anxiety.

Please let me know how it goes and your results. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Anonymous said...

Great information. My appointment is tomorrow. I am terrified of the results. They are not sure if what they see on ultrasound is same as mammogram hence the biopsy. Pray its good news. Thanks. Kim-

Deb Schiff said...

Hey Kim,

Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. Try not to let the fear take over. You have no control over the results, and there's no use worrying when you don't know if there's anything to worry about yet.

Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.