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I have MRI scans every 3-4 years due to a tumour I had removed years back & am under the care of a specialist consultant. As per clockwork, I received a letter last month for a MRI scan, which I had. Yesterday I received a call from the consultant who advised me that the scan came back normal on the area of where the tumour was, however, they noticed a abnormality of 8mm on my parotid. What does an abnormality actually mean? He could give me no more information and said I would receive a letter for a ultrasound and fine needle aspiration biopsy appointment shortly. I pressed for more information and he said as he wasn't a specialist in this field, he couldn't comment on what the scan had found, and I would have an appointment with a specialist in the next few weeks. The only thing he did say is that it's good that it's only 8mm and it's been caught before it could grow. I am sick with worry, I have been going crazy on Google and am thinking the absolute worst. Is it a tumour? Is it a stone? Is it cancerous? I haven't slept or ate as I'm sick with worry, I don't know how to tell my parents or wife. I feel fine and can't feel any lumps around my jaw area. Has anyone had similar experiences? Will I need an operation and chemo? What's the process from here? What actually is an abnormality?If anyone out there can help reassure me and tell me their experiences I would appreciate it tremendously. I start a new job in a few weeks and just feel so anxious.
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