A 42-year-old female asked:
I have breast cancer tumor. went from 3cm to 5 cm after biopsy but stable since. if outer part is liquid, can it be drained by needle prior to surgery?
3 doctor answers • 8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barry Rosenanswered
General Surgery 36 years experience
Drainage unnecessary: The size of the tumor does not include any bleeding from the biopsy. Therefore, if it was 3 cm before the biopsy (&the biopsy was recent), the tumor is still 3cm. You need not worry about this fluid and may proceed with your definitive surgery. I hope all goes well.
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Dr. Michael Zadehanswered
General Surgery 19 years experience
Breast Cancer: The cause of the increase in your tumor size so soon after biopsy is likely related to some bleeding after the biopsy which caused a hematoma. However, it is important that you meet with your surgeon to be reevaluated as you may be a candidate for neoadjuvant chemotherapy.
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Dr. Michael Gaboranswered
Diagnostic Radiology 35 years experience
The tumor: didnt increase in size right after the biopsy, the apparent size increase was likely due to bleeding. It is unnecessary to treat this prior to surgery.
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Last updated Aug 4, 2014
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