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On 7 December 2010, I went for my first mammogram at HPB. 2 weeks later, I was advised to go for an advanced breast screening as a suspicious lump was found in my left breast.
On 19 January 2011, I consulted Oncologist, Dr Ong Kong Wee at National Cancer Centre who quickly scheduled a Mammotome Breast Biopsy on 24 January.
On EastCoastLife Goes For A Mammogram
EastCoastLife Goes to National Cancer Centre (Singapore) for Advanced Breast Screening
Before my surgery, I had to go for financial counselling at National Cancer Centre's Listing Room,
I was advised on my estimated cost of hospitalisation that will be incurred during my stay in the hospital. Please refer to the Pre-Admission procedure
I also undergo compulsory pre admission investigations such as blood tests, chest x-ray, electrocardiogram, which are usually conducted one week before admission.
On the morning of surgery, I first reported to Admission Centre at Singapore General Hospital (SGH). I changed into a gown and was driven in an ambulance to National Cancer Centre (NCC) for the breast hookwire localisation.
Hookwire localisation assists a surgeon in the removal of breast abnormalities that cannot be felt. It marks where the abnormal tissue is located and enables the surgeon to remove the smallest amount of abnormal tissue identified on mammograms, ultrasound or MRI scans. As only the abnormal tissue is removed (with a margin of clear tissue around it), scarring can be minimised and the shape of the breast can be preserved as far as possible.
At NCC, I had to lie facedown on a special table. My left breast protruded through a hole in the table's surface where it was lightly compressed and immobilized while a computer produced detailed images of the abnormality. I was given a local anaesthetic (injection) to to numb the area where the hookwire was to be inserted.
The radiologist placed a very fine needle into my left breast. Once the needle was in the correct position, a fine wire was passed down the centre of the needle and the needle was removed leaving the wire in place. The MRI scanner produced pictures to show the surgeon where the tip of the wire lies in relation to the abnormality that was to be removed.
NCC was within walking distance of SGH but to prevent too much movement which would cause the hookwire to be dislodged, I was transported to and fro by ambulance.
waiting for my hookwire localisation
I was wheeled into the surgical room around 1pm. Because I had a bad experience with my previous surgery - terrible vomitting after the anaesthesia wore off - the anaesthetist kindly solved that. I was fine after my biopsy. :)
I was sent back to my ward to rest. Both my husband and I were touched when Dr Ong Kong Wee came to check on me after finishing his clinic work around 6pm. I was informed he removed a cluster of microcalcifications from my left breast.
I was discharged the next day and given an appointment to see Dr Ong on 30 March.
I am glad to announce that Dr Ong has given me a clean bill of health. Yeah!!
Mammography is important. Take the necessary step ....
make an appointment for one now.
For more information on breast health or BreastScreen Singapore, please call 1800 333 3030.