What causes distortion in the breast?
Her last mammogram and ultrasound was last April and all was fine.
What could be causing the distortion?
Hello & thank you for submitting your question to HCM.
It is difficult to say what is causing the "distortion" without the exact diagnostic findings from the mammogram.
However, distortion in the breast may be due to several causes including scar tissue formation, inflammation, cyst formation or growth. The ultrasound will hopefully give more detailed information about the nature of the distortion (such as mass vs. cyst).
It will be very important to follow up with the additional imaging studies. A re-biopsy may also be considered depending on the findings. I know it is very difficult to wait for this information, however the findings of additional imaging will help further characterize the process and hopefully clarify what the next steps will be.
This may be considered an early stage recurrence if a biopsy proves that cancer is present. A full staging evaluation would likely be done by the oncologist of recurrent cancer is noted to rule out presence of cancer elsewhere in the body.
Thanks again for the question. Based on the findings of the ultrasound, her oncologist will decide the next logical step in management.