I had a double mastectomy 2 years ago and I recently had a Breast MRI to rule out a lump but what they did find is parenchymal enhancement which consist of breast tissue which I do not have anymore. Should I be concerned or is this normal. just want to know if anyone has had this as well.
I was just told last week by my oncologist, you never ever get rid of breast tissue. Physically impossible. I was concerned as a friend who had my same diagnosis, recurred in her breast 14 years later. I’m Stage 11A, NTO, double mastectomies and 4 rounds of Taxotere and Cytoxin eleven months ago. On Arimidex and Gabapentin. But my concern is still breast tissue that still exists.
Hi Cynthia, Your concerns are reasonable. They are. It’s a shock to hear the C word when it’s you they’re saying it to. But know we all take each day at a time. Please do not worry and worry that cancer will come back. Cross that bridge IF you come to it. Stay vigilant in testing and doctor’s advice and most of all—-enjoy your life. Each day is a gift. Do something good for yourself every day and try to be at peace. Cindy
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This last post is so accurate for me, no lymph node involvement and no scans then 3 years later Stage 4 :( It broke my heart. I couldn’t understand what had happened, I was so numb. I had done all the right things that the drs said to do, but they had not. I have learned so much since then. I believe the recommended treatments and tests were developed either in whole or at least in part with the insurance companies. I know one day they will answer for all the lives they have cost. But in the meantime there are a lot of us out here suffering, stand up for your self, educate your self, I highly recommend a number of the breast cancer private facebook groups. It is overwhelming but you are your best and sometimes only advocate.
I’m just curious who your care team and Doctors are! Are either of you patients of Dr. Carter at the Conyers Cancer Center? I am livid at reading this information! I haven’t even begun hormone blocking therapy just yet but he is always bringing it up at my appointments and now I am getting Leary of this thread.
And what about insurance? They told me that most insurance companies will NOT cover scans unless you are late stage disease so unless you come in with back pain or chronic pain of some sort you don’t get a scan! Loaded with chemicals and are very toxic to a generally healthy person.