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Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Ct neck shows scattered subcm short axis dimension lymph nodes anterior posterior cervical chains bilat. 2 x triple neg breast cancer surv. Biopsy?

Imaging/biopsy: You have been through a lot. Imaging with ct scan provides information and helps guide next steps, but is not diagnostic. A biopsy obtains tissue for pathology to make the diagnose of lymph node. The timing of biopsy in relation to your overall health will be best addressed between you and your doc. Take family or friend with you. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast ...Read more


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Why do most breast cancer biopsies end up being benign?

Why do most breast cancer biopsies end up being benign?

Not cancer: Biopsies are done for the presence of a mass. Most masses are not cancer, so the majority of biopsies are going to be negative. The alternative is to do fewer biopsies, which leads to more anxiety about the existence of an undiagnosed mass. ...Read more

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How long does breast cancer biopsy normally takes for a result to be out.

It depends: If the doctor processes the biopsy quickly, the answer can be ready the next day. During surgery, something called a frozen section can be done, and the result known during the surgery. However, the patient may not be informed of the results for up to a week or longer. Sometimes this is due to processing, time to send the biopsy to the lab, time for a report to come, back, etc. Ask your docto. ...Read more

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Could biopsies for breast cancer take three hours and are they very painful?

Usually not: Currently majority of breast biopsies are (should be) done percutaneously by a needle. This is done usually by ultrasound guidance or x-ray guidance so called stereotactic biopsy. If the tumor is large and easily palpable it can also be done with palpation guidance. The doctor who is doing the procedure uses local anesthetic and most of the time the procedure is done with very little pain. ...Read more

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Are most biopsies 100% accurately positive for breast cancer? I'm really worried.

Depends: Hello- sorry to say nothing is 100% accurate. If a biopsy is negative this does not completely rule it out in some cases. If a biopsy does see cancer than it is usually (but not always) accurate. If you have doubts, please seek a second opinion from a pathologist at a major cancer center (a university hospital is usually a good place to send the slides and blocks from your biopsy). Good luck. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if biopsies for breast cancer really take three hours and are super painful?

Not typically : The wait time from check in at a radiology department to actually doing the procedure may take that long, but the actual biopsy should take minutes. It is typically a very fast pass-through with a needle, and most patients do not find it uncomfortable enough to warrant any sort of pre-medication. ...Read more

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What to do if i just had a biopsy and was told I have cancerous cells in my breast. Is that breast cancer?

What to do if i just had a biopsy and was told I have cancerous cells in my breast. Is that breast cancer?

Yes, but...: There are different types of breast cancer, including invasive cancer and in situ cancer. Sometimes a biopsy shows "atypical" cells, which aren't cancer but imply an increased risk of developing cancer. It is important that you meet with a breast surgeon or surgical oncologist to discuss what this means and what treatment may be necessary. It can also be helpful to.Have the biopsy reviewed. ...Read more

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Would breast cancer grow in 4 months? Tiny nodule been the same for months. Biopsy benign.

Would breast cancer grow in 4 months? Tiny nodule been the same for months. Biopsy benign.

Some cancers: can grow quickly, with significant size change in a few months. Others can be more indolent and may look stable for years. A few months of stability is not adequate follow up to make a determination, but if your nodule was biopsied, and the results were benign and concordant, there is no reason to think it is not benign. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Biopsy (Definition)

Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more