I debated whether or not to share this here… but as part of my commitment to sharing the good with the bad I decided I would.
Short story… my sister was diagnosed with the big C in her breast when she was 25. Because of that I am followed closely at Sunnybrook’s Odette Cancer Centre High Risk Breast Clinic. What does, “followed closely” mean exactly? Well, at 28 I have annual mammograms, and MRI scans as well as 2 face to face appointments with my Doctor. That’s 4 visits a year. I’ve said from the beginning, I’ll take the slight inconvenience for the peace of mind that if anything is ever found in any of those scans I’m in the best possible hands, and most importantly – already in the system.
Well, I’m getting to test that theory right now, my MRI has a spot on it. Don’t panic. I’m not panicking. My Doctor assures me that this is 99.9%* chance benign (not cancer) but until they do a biopsy – we can’t be sure. What they can be sure of is that Fibroid Cysts are super common in young women with a generous rack. Check and check.
Even though I have been prepared for a phone call that says, “There’s something there, we want a better look to be safe,” there’s no denying it’s still an unnerving phone call. And not just for me, the Boy is not liking this one bit. My psychoanalysis – it’s a lack of control and an inability to help or fix it that is really getting to him. Whatever it is, he’s been super sweet about it.
That’s the short story. And the lesson is when you have the pros looking for something in your boobs every 6 months – chances are pretty good they’re going to find something eventually.
The question is what do we do about it. Biopsy. How exactly they are going to go about it is up for debate. Without getting too complicated I have been asked to participate in a trial study that is going to combine an MR Biopsy with an Ultrasound Biopsy, which may or may not be successful – if it’s not the biggest inconvenience is another day spent at Sunnybrook looking at the painted ceiling tiles (which BTW are painted by volunteers and transformed into lovely works of art, I’ll take a picture on my next visit) doing things the traditional way. That’s the con. The pros are, free parking for the day, and contributing to research. I feel very fortunate to be the recipient of procedures that were at some point trialed by someone. If people don’t participate, how can medicine improve?
So when I started this post I was still debating. Now that I’ve made my decision I’m still curious – Would you feel compelled/morally obligated to participate in a research trial if asked, given that the only con is the inconvenience if it doesn’t work? (I’m not talking mystery drug trials here people.)
*I made up that stat because she will not give me numbers – just assurance, which I’m fine with.