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Do breast biopsies usually confirm cancer?

Asked by MissA (7391points) June 19th, 2010

I felt that a lump/cluster of lumps was growing. It was determined that I should have a special mammogram as well as a sonogram.

I am supposed to talk with the doctor on Monday about a biopsy. Anyone here have experience in this department? Do I have options or is it cut and dry?

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janbb's avatar

I’m sure some of the doctors on here will be able to help you more, but from friends’ experiences, a biopsy does not always indicate cancer. There can often be benign cysts in the breast as well. Good luck!

MissA's avatar

@janbb Thanks. It’s hard not to let your mind take you places you shouldn’t go.

janbb's avatar

@MissA Oh – I know! But try to take it one step at a time. The sonogram and the mammo may make it clearer and maybe you won’t even have to have the biopsy.

MissA's avatar

I’ve had the mammogram and the sonogram.

SuperMouse's avatar

I had breast biopsy about four years ago and the results came back negative. Mine was done as a result of an odd spot on a mammogram. Good luck, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

MissA's avatar

@SuperMouse Thanks. I’m glad yours turned out well.

Mine is so large that you don’t even need to feel it. It’s grown a lot in the past six months.

janbb's avatar

@MissA I’ll be thinking of you; keep us psoted.

Merriment's avatar

There are biopsy options such as needle aspiration of cells from the lump. But what I have read, and what I believe, is it is far better to have the lump removed intact. Anything you can do to contain the cells in the lump reduces the chance of it spreading if it were to be cancer.

There are many biopsies done that turn out to be something other than cancer. We just don’t hear as much about scares as we do cancer.

I know it’s hard but try not to let your mind get ahead of what the very next step is.

I hope it all goes well for you. Let us know.

jazmina88's avatar

It is not always cancer….sometimes it is fibroids, sometimes there are other benign or negative lumps.
Biopsies give them a sample for information…...

jca's avatar

my mom was just diagnosed with a malignant lump. she had mammo and then sono, and then they did needle biopsy. she said the needle biopsy felt like just a needle in her breast. using digital imaging they poke once, right into the lump. the test was not a big deal. she’s having lumpectomy on friday.

so FYI it seems as if the biopsy is not too big of a deal.

MissA's avatar

@Merriment Thank you…that’s very helpful. Just know the option with a biopsy. It makes perfect sense. I wonder whether they would agree to de-lump me instead of having the biopsy. I don’t have insurance, so I’m at a little disadvantage, like a lot of folks.

@jazmina88 Thanks for the reminder, Little Toots.

@janbb I will. I wasn’t going to breathe a word of this to anyone…but, then I figured I was leaving out precious thoughts from a lot of “family members” who KNOW things!

@jca Thanks. Did she have the option of the lumpectomy and not do the biopsy?

jca's avatar

@MissA : she had to do the biopsy to find out if it was malignant. if it was not malignant she would have just left lump alone. she would not want to do lumpectomy if it were just some fatty tissue. they say women’s breasts get lumpy for various reasons – you can google it. so biopsy first, lumpectomy second. if no malignancy, then no lumpectomy.

MissA's avatar

Thanks again @jca.
I just found this out yesterday and me, the information queen, cannot bring myself to google a damn thing. Weird. I guess that’ll pass. I’m scared and I don’t even have anything to be afraid of yet.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@MissA My girl went thru the whole nine yards a year or so ago. Scared the living hell out of both of us. I never knew what fear was until that. It turned out ok. 90 percent of the biopsies turn out negative. I came across an article a week ago that was discussing this. Good luck, if you want to talk I’m here.

MissA's avatar

@Adirondackwannabe Thank you. You’re very sweet. And, thanks for reaching out. But, right now, I’m numb. I’m not able to talk about it really. That’s the reason I posted the question…thought that maybe doing so would cause me to open up about it.

Again, you are very sweet. And, I’m so happy that your situation turned out for the best. Your girl is a fortunate woman.

jca's avatar

again, they say the majority of lumps are benign. the thing i think if it’s not benign is to catch it early and get a good doctor/good surgeon. if possible, try not to pick a little community hospital, try to pick a good medical center.

MissA's avatar

@jca I’m sure you’re correct. Thanks.

janbb's avatar

@MissA So nu? What happened?

MissA's avatar

@janbb The surgical biopsy is scheduled for July 14…a week from tomorrow. I appreciate your concern.

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jca's avatar

post an update if you will.

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