When a tumor is suspicious
This happened. You, or your doctor, or mammogram have found something suspicious. This is an event that every woman fears and that thousands of women face every year.
When Annette Soubel, a 49-year-old teacher, discovered a tumor in her chest, she said that for two weeks she thought only about this and could not decide what to do. “When I discovered it, I was just having my period, and I decided to wait until it was over, in the faint hope that the tumor would disappear,” says Annette. She did not disappear. I tried to think that I could not have anything dangerous, because in my family there was not a single case of cancer. But I could not calm down, and every time when I undressed, I looked at her, felt and became more and more nervous. In the end, one night I burst into tears and told everything to my husband. The next day, the two of us went to the doctor. She agreed that the tumor really inspired suspicion, but also tried to reassure me, saying that the final answer could be given only after the bioscript was done. Everything turned upside down inside me, I felt sick. Tears came later. ”
“All women react differently to the news that they may have breast cancer,” said Dr. Laughan-Young. There are women who fall into a state of shock and are unable to perceive anything. Their brains cannot withstand the overload. Whatever we tell them, they don't hear. We have to send some women home so this news affects them. ”
“Our patients tell us that they had periods when they refused to believe what happened, periods of inhibition and absolute horror, adds Mary Gene Massie, MD, attending psychiatrist at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Memorial Cancer Center, who consults breast cancer patients. Some women do not own their emotions and do not want to know the final diagnosis, but most behave very differently. They want to know the answer immediately. ”
“More often than not, women behave steadfastly, says Dr. Lougan Yang, and react in a businesslike manner. They say, "Well, tell me what I have to do, and I will do it." And we write down the procedure: they have to visit the surgeon, the surgeon will prescribe a day when they can do a biopsy, they will do a biopsy under general or local anesthesia. We hand out copies of their mammograms and other test results for the surgeon.
After telling the patient all the available information, she continues, we show them their mammograms and the area of concern. If they still don’t feel a tumor because it was detected on a mammogram, for example, we let them feel what it is. If she seems very suspicious, we do not hide it, and if we think she is benign, we say that.
I also give women my home phone number, adds Dr. Lawgan-Young, and ask them to call me any time if they have any questions. The women told me that, although they did not call, the very possibility of them very reassured them. ”