Saturday, January 23, 2010

Great Results!

I got great biopsy results back yesterday - my tumor is benign! Saunders and I were beyond relieved at yesterday's appointment. The tumor is a fibroadenoma with microcalcifications, and I may have to have it removed later, but it is not malignant - and that's what's important!  

Right now, the tumor is about the size of a golf ball, and it is pretty high on my left chest, so the doctor said it may continue to grow and become noticeable after a while.  So, I'd have to weigh the option of having a big growth poking out of my chest vs. the risks of surgery and a scar.  We'll think about that when the time comes, and for now we'll just continue to monitor everything with 3 month check-ups.  I go back again at the end of April for the next check.

Plus, in other good lump-related news, the mass on my collarbone has shrunk significantly.  It was the size of a large grape around Christmas, and now it has shrunk to the size of a green pea.  The oncologist was going to refer me to a neck specialist to get this mass cut out and biopsied, but as my breast specialist put it, "Bad tumors don't shrink."  So, since it has shrunk so significantly in the past few weeks, this lump is so close to my vein, and it would leave a noticeable scar in everyday clothes to remove it, I've just decided to leave it alone for now and see what it does.

So, I think I can put this medical drama behind and move on to more fun things!  Hooray!


Vanessa said...

What an answer to prayers! I'm so glad you got GREAT news at the doc yesterday!!

Sarah said...

Yea! I'm so glad that you got such good results! We've been worried and praying for you with the hopes that you would hear this type of news. :)

Trisha Jones said...

SO happy to know everything is okay.

Carrie Beth said...

That is great news!!!

SGiles said...

I don't know how I missed this post. Thank Goodness everyone's prayers were answered!!! I am so happy for you!!!!