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#1 Gosh

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:14 PM

Hi Every one,

Here’s my story –I am 36 and I am married with 1 child. I recently had the morning after pill after an accident J . After two weeks my breasts were really sore and tender. Hence I went to the GP and she did an exam and said that I had lumpy breasts esp in the outer left breast. She sent me off to an ultrasound and that is what scared me . The radiologist discovered 7 lesions on my left breast and 3 lesions in my right breast. The radiologist was kind enough to let me know that she thinks its fibroadenomas but the GP will let me know in more detail. She also mentioned in today’s world nobody likes litigations so they may want to refer me to a breast surgeon and get a fine needle aspiration done.

This is the time it scared me completely.
The ultrasound report said Lesions most likely due to mutilple fibroadenomas.
The GP told me that the chances of this being malignant is nil but she would want me to go to the breast surgeon and get them checked as they are mutilple lumps.

I have my breast clinic appointment in 2 weeks . I am really worried.....
I moved to Australia a year back and hardly know the health care system here.


Has anybody been in a  similar situation with multiple lumps that may be potential fibroadenomas. Any information about why a fine needle aspiration is needed will help. Is it common practice?

Extremely worried :)

Thanks guys

#2 Paddlepop

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:29 PM

I have a fibroadenoma in one of my breasts. I had it checked out when I was about 19yo.

I had an ultrasound done, then a fine needle biopsy to check whether it was cancerous or suspicious. I was able to get these done on the one day at the breast clinic that I went to. The biopsy results were clear.

The biopsy is needed to eliminate the likelihood that it is cancer.

I also had a lot of general breast pain. I was recommended to take large doses of a particular B vitamin and evening primrose oil for a few months, and it resolved the pain.

#3 Cardio Carrie

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:32 PM

I only had one lump, not multiple, and it was a fibroadenoma. I had fine needle aspiration biopsy as well as core needle biopsies done.

I got a referral to a breast surgeon but before my first appointment I had fallen pregnant. They wouldn't remove it whilst I was pregnant but had to have additional monitoring during my pregnancy.

Due to pregnancy hormones, it grew so I had ultrasounds and core biopsies every 3 months. I finally had it removed when my baby was 2 months old.

#4 Mrs Bouquet

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:34 PM

Hi OP. I will start by saying that I do not have experience with multiple lumps, but I found a single lump many years ago when I was in my early 20s. I had an ultrasound done and they were fairly confident that it was a fibroadenoma (it was a movable lump). Despite this I also had to have a biopsy done just to be 100% sure. It was Ok and nothing further needed doing.

It is easier said than done, but try not to worry too much and all the best.

#5 Soontobegran

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:35 PM

I have had generalised fibroadenoma since my early 20's.
I have had needle biopsies, regular ultrasounds and yearly Mammograms.
I am now in my late 50's and had a Mammogram 2 weeks ago which once again told me that although there were less I still had fibroadenoma but otherwise perfectly normal breasts (for an old lady) :smile:
In those 30+ years I have never been lump free and have successfully breast fed 5 children, it is very rare for fibroadenoma to be anything but benign.

It is good to keep an eye on your breasts into the future but these are extremely common, please do not panic.
Good luck.

#6 Ally'smum

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:43 PM

I will hopefully make you feel better by letting you know that I have five on one side and seven on the other. I haven't had them all aspirated and am currently pregnant so won't do anything until I finish breast feeding.

I was told that fibroadenoma does not increase your chance of developing breast cancer, but makes malignant lumps harder to spot.

If your results come back negative they will probably just want to ultrasound every couple of years, make sure you keep your films so they  can compare them later on.

#7 Gosh

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:52 PM

Thanks Allys mum for getting back. This was my first ultrasound and scared the sh*t out of me. I hope my resulats are negative.the ultrasound report made me feel that they will be. I wish u well with your pregnancy. Any reason u did not do a fine needle aspiration.


 Ally, on 30 September 2013 - 05:43 PM, said:

I will hopefully make you feel better by letting you know that I have five on one side and seven on the other. I haven't had them all aspirated and am currently pregnant so won't do anything until I finish breast feeding.

I was told that fibroadenoma does not increase your chance of developing breast cancer, but makes malignant lumps harder to spot.

If your results come back negative they will probably just want to ultrasound every couple of years, make sure you keep your films so they  can compare them later on.


#8 Gosh

Posted 30 September 2013 - 05:55 PM

Thanks soontobegran. That was reassuring for me.i will try to keep the anxiety attacks at bay.

Another thing to do is never Google. Boyyyyy that will raise the anxiety to another level.


 soontobegran, on 30 September 2013 - 05:35 PM, said:

I have had generalised fibroadenoma since my early 20's.
I have had needle biopsies, regular ultrasounds and yearly Mammograms.
I am now in my late 50's and had a Mammogram 2 weeks ago which once again told me that although there were less I still had fibroadenoma but otherwise perfectly normal breasts (for an old lady) :smile:
In those 30+ years I have never been lump free and have successfully breast fed 5 children, it is very rare for fibroadenoma to be anything but benign.

It is good to keep an eye on your breasts into the future but these are extremely common, please do not panic.
Good luck.


#9 gemgirl

Posted 30 September 2013 - 06:09 PM

Yes, I have "lumpy breasts". I have had needle biopsies and ultrasounds a few times (not mammograms, though). I'm about to have another one this week as I've found two new lumps since breastfeeding/birth. Basically they say that once each lump is checked, it's usually okay, so unless you notice changes, you don't need to worry about it. I've noticed changes, though, so it's back for more scanning for me :(

#10 Gosh

Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:28 PM

Hi Gemgirl hope all goes well with you.how long do needle biopsy results take ?

 gemgirl, on 30 September 2013 - 06:09 PM, said:

Yes, I have "lumpy breasts". I have had needle biopsies and ultrasounds a few times (not mammograms, though). I'm about to have another one this week as I've found two new lumps since breastfeeding/birth. Basically they say that once each lump is checked, it's usually okay, so unless you notice changes, you don't need to worry about it. I've noticed changes, though, so it's back for more scanning for me :(


#11 Gosh

Posted 30 September 2013 - 07:35 PM

Thanks for your support MrsBouquet

 MrsBouquet, on 30 September 2013 - 05:34 PM, said:

Hi OP. I will start by saying that I do not have experience with multiple lumps, but I found a single lump many years ago when I was in my early 20s. I had an ultrasound done and they were fairly confident that it was a fibroadenoma (it was a movable lump). Despite this I also had to have a biopsy done just to be 100% sure. It was Ok and nothing further needed doing.

It is easier said than done, but try not to worry too much and all the best.


#12 Gosh

Posted 02 October 2013 - 10:08 AM

Hi do any of you have an idea about how long do we need to wait for the fine needle aspiration results? Is it on the same @ breast clinic or there is a wait of a couple of days? I hope not. Already pretty anxious.

#13 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:08 PM

I also have a few fibroadenomas and have also had many benign cysts over the years and am under the care of a breast specialist for yearly mammograms and ultrasounds, mainly because my breasts are difficult for me to examine due to their natural lumpy/bumpy state.    

I do understand the fear that goes with each biopsy, but before each biopsy I have been reassured that they think it is just a fibro or a cyst and just need to be 100% sure, and they have been right each and every time.    My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a decade ago and her diagnosis was done with a great deal of urgency.  She went in for a routine mammogram, the lump they saw looked suspicious at the time so they insisted on doing her biopsy then and there under ultrasound.    I really do think that in the vast majority of cases, they are confident that they know what it is just from the ultrasound or mammogram.

My breast specialist has explained to me that one of the reasons she insists on having biopsies done on lumps she believes are benign is partly to produce an ongoing 'map' of the breast, to make future mammograms/ultrasounds more effective.


Good luck!  I hope that the next two weeks aren't too difficult for you to get through, and that your appointment goes well.

ETA:  I have had to wait one to two days for my results each time.

Edited by Gruffalo's Child, 02 October 2013 - 01:12 PM.


#14 Cardio Carrie

Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:18 PM

My ultrasounds I could pick up the images and report within 2 hours. The fine needle and core biopsies have to be sent to the lab for assessment and they took 2-3 days for the results to be ready.

I always had the ultrasound and biopsies done before each specialist appointment. I would then pick up the ultrasound from the imaging place and the specialist would have the biopsy reports at the appointment.

#15 premmie_29weeks

Posted 02 October 2013 - 01:19 PM

I discovered lumps in one of my breasts when I was in my early 20s. I had an ultrasound and fine needle aspiration at the breast clinic at pow hospital in Sydney. Results came back as fibroandenomas. I now have them checked every time I have a Pap test.

It's very common and I did see a surgeon who recommended we leave them unless I had a need to remove them. Try not to be too anxious, had they found anything even remotely sinister looking you would have more than likely been in for testing far sooner than a fortnight away.

#16 Gosh

Posted 02 October 2013 - 07:27 PM

Thanks Grufalo's child & premmie-29 weeks, legolady for your feedback. It is very reassuring. My ultrasound report says the lesions are most likely due to fibroadonema. My doc also reassured me that the chances of it being malignant is nil.
However the What If bothers me . Also all the netsurfing has made very vulnerable.

#17 Gosh

Posted 10 October 2013 - 01:12 PM

Hello Everyone,

Update from my Lumps and Bumps saga.
I met with the breast specialist and he did an examination, went through my x ray images .He was convinced that its nothing but fibroadenoma  and chances for something nasty is very low. He still wants to me to go through a core biopsy for 2 of my lesions on the left and 1 on the right.
I have the biopsy  booked for next Friday and the subsequent specialist appointment on Thursday.
I am partially relevied but its still another two weeks :)

Sigh ... the wait

Thanks everyone who replied .
I will keep you posted after the biopsy is done.

#18 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 12 October 2013 - 10:16 PM

Best of luck for your biopsies Gosh.    They sound very confident that they know what results they are expecting, which is fantastic.    My specialist also insisted on have core biopsies on my fibroadenomas, even when she was convinced that that was what they were, so it seems to be a standard practice.

#19 Gosh

Posted 13 October 2013 - 03:34 PM

 Gruffalo, on 12 October 2013 - 10:16 PM, said:

Best of luck for your biopsies Gosh. They sound very confident that they know what results they are expecting, which is fantastic. My specialist also insisted on have core biopsies on my fibroadenomas, even when she was convinced that that was what they were, so it seems to be a standard practice.

Thanks Gruffalo's child. Your post is indeed very encouraging. I have driven my hubby Up the wall with the constant stress around this. Not to mention the stress I am giving to my body.
I am hoping and praying its fibroadenoma.

I am based in Melbourne .How about you?

#20 Gosh

Posted 21 October 2013 - 10:50 AM

So I went for my core biopsy last friday. The team was really good and they were chatting away about everything under the sun while working on the tissue samples.They got 6 samples from 3 lesions. Did not have much pain after the procedure.
The sonographer and radiologist working on the samples again reassured me that all is well.
Now the waiting part beginsss.......................


I am meeting my breast specialist on thursday so wouldnt know before that..........

Telling myself that I can wait sanely till then....

but the fact is I  cant stop thinking about it ...

I do need some words of encouragement at this time :(

#21 Bess Marvin

Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:17 AM

Oh the wait is so hard. I hope you can distract yourself for a few days. What a pity they can't call you with the results.

FWIW, my fibroadenoma is still in my left boob, almost a decade after I found it. I forget it is there now - it causes no problems at all. But I do remember the stress back when I was getting scans and biopsies. Sending you some virtual :hugs:

#22 Gosh

Posted 21 October 2013 - 11:34 AM

 Bess Marvin, on 21 October 2013 - 11:17 AM, said:

Oh the wait is so hard. I hope you can distract yourself for a few days. What a pity they can't call you with the results.

FWIW, my fibroadenoma is still in my left boob, almost a decade after I found it. I forget it is there now - it causes no problems at all. But I do remember the stress back when I was getting scans and biopsies. Sending you some virtual Posted Image

Thanks Bess Marvin, The stress is enormous at this point. You would know as you have been through it. Can I call up the hospital and get the results over the phone ? I am not sure if they allow for that

#23 ~TC~

Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:41 PM

Hi Gosh, I've been following your posts. Do hope you get your results soon, i'm sure they will be all fine too btw. I guess you could try calling the hospital for the results.

I have 3 fibroadenomas and they have been there for about 12 years. I went thru the Monash breast clinic, had the fine needle and core biopsy and then just had regular checks for two years and then they discharged me.

I think you will be totally fine Hun. Try not to stress about it too much (I know....easier said than done hey).

Go treat yourself, have a bubble bath or some chocolate :)

#24 Gosh

Posted 21 October 2013 - 03:58 PM

 Tuxedocat, on 21 October 2013 - 03:41 PM, said:

Hi Gosh, I've been following your posts. Do hope you get your results soon, i'm sure they will be all fine too btw. I guess you could try calling the hospital for the results.

I have 3 fibroadenomas and they have been there for about 12 years. I went thru the Monash breast clinic, had the fine needle and core biopsy and then just had regular checks for two years and then they discharged me.

I think you will be totally fine Hun. Try not to stress about it too much (I know....easier said than done hey).

Go treat yourself, have a bubble bath or some chocolate Posted Image

Thanks for your response Tuxedocat. Did you get all lesions biopsied? I wen through the process at box hill hospital and have to wait until thursday for the result... I got 10 lumps but had 3 biopsied.

#25 Gruffalo's Child

Posted 21 October 2013 - 04:15 PM

It is so hard waiting for the results, I found I had to try to distract myself as much as possible, which wasn't always easy.   I'm glad you didn't have too much pain after the biopsies, it sounds as though the process has gone really smoothly.

You have had so many specialists see these lumps via ultrasound, and everyone seems to be very relaxed about them, which is such a brilliant sign.   It will be great when Thursday arrives and you are able to put all of this worry behind you.

You will probably find you need to have annual reviews from now on.   I have them, and find I always need to plan my favourite takeaway for afterwards, as I am always a little nervous beforehand, even thought I know it is just an annual review.    I am also based in Melbourne, I have my checks down at Epworths Freemasons.

I agree   with Tuxedocat!   A bubble bath and chocolate is always good stress relief!!




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