I heard back from the radiologist yesterday that the tumor or lump was benign. That was a huge relief. However, he kind of disagreed with the pathology report and that kind of worried me. He felt like what he was seeing was a radial scar, and the pathologist didn't even look for that type of tissue. He suggested a follow up in 6 months, but I just didn't feel comfortable with this plan. After doing some research into radial scars and seeing the exact pics that i saw on my mammogram and ultrasound on the pages I found, I totally see why he thought it was a radial scar. My primary care physician called shortly after the radiologist. We discussed my concerns about the wait and see method and how uncomfortable I was with that method. She assured me that if it was cancerous, that type of cancer is slow growing, thus the reason for the 6 month re screen. She was very open to listening to all of my concerns and my experiences.
See here is why I am worried. If the tissue was indeed a radial scar, my chances of developing breast cancer are greatly increased. Monitoring is one method, but a full surgical biopsy is also a very good idea, as according to my research, the core biopsy is not the best way to determine cancer cells in a radial scar. The radiologist didn't suggest surgery, but my primary care physician thought that that might be a good idea. Unfortunately with it being the holidays, her go to surgeon was out of town, but as soon as he gets back, she is going to consult with him and then possibly set me up to see him as well. I like this forward approach. I would rather stay on top of this whole process and do a full biopsy of this tissue rather than wait and see. It if is benign after the full biopsy, then I can rest easy.