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Doctor insights on: Echogenic Breast Mass

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What color are the tissue samples from a malignant breast mass?

What color are the tissue samples from a malignant breast mass?

It is not: possible to reliably tell the difference between benign and malignant tissue by the color of the specimen. Most needle core biopsy specimens are whitish in color, and possibly blood-tinged, no matter what they turn out to be. ...Read more

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What can ask dr @ core biopisy for large, very painful, & abnormal breast mass? Can dr tell me anything helpful feeling overwhelmed and confused

What can ask dr @ core biopisy for large, very painful, & abnormal breast mass? Can dr tell me anything helpful feeling overwhelmed and confused

The doctor: who performs the core biopsy may be able to discuss the probability that the mass is malignant based on the imaging features. However, he/she will not be able to tell you anything more regarding the biopsy results. The specimens cannot be reliably assessed visually, other than a determination that the samples are sufficient for the pathologist to analyze. The pathologist needs to analyze them. ...Read more

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Non-palpable breast mass has gone from 8mm in Feb. '15 to 1.2 cm in June '15. What could it be?

The specific: imaging features determine the probability of malignancy. However, a 50% diameter increase in 4 months would warrant a biopsy even if the imaging features look benign. That doesn't mean it is malignant, it just means that it's time to find out what it is. Presumably it looked benign/probably benign in Feb since no intervention was recommended. ...Read more

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How can I proceed with diagnosis of upper quadrant breast mass?

How can I proceed with diagnosis of upper quadrant breast mass?

First step: is to see your doc for a clinical evaluation. Next step usually involves imaging with mammography and ultrasound. If a suspicious mass is detected, needle biopsy would be indicated. If a mass with benign features is detected, no follow up or short interval follow up may be indicated. ...Read more

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How can you distinguish between a benign and malignant breast mass?

How can you distinguish between a benign and malignant breast mass?

Clinical: evaluation and imaging studies(mammogram, ultrasound, MRI) help assess whether a mass needs biopsy for definitive diagnosis. Sometimes certain imaging features are specific for a benign cause(for example hamartoma, calcified fibroadenoma, or oil cyst). Other times, imaging features can estimate the probability of malignancy and help indicate what follow-up is needed. ...Read more

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BreastSx- Would you remove a benign breast mass that was larger than a golf ball under local anesthesia?

BreastSx- Would you remove a benign breast mass that was larger than a golf ball under local anesthesia?

Depends.: It's possible. Make sure your surgeon is a board certified general surgeon with extensive experience in breast surgery. A biopsy should have been already done and show benign disease. ...Read more

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If I have had 4 breast mass removals but none cancerous, (fibroadenomas), could i just get all breast tissue removed so it doesn't happen again?

If I have had 4 breast mass removals but none cancerous, (fibroadenomas), could i just get all breast tissue removed so it doesn't happen again?

Advise: To have a total mastectomy for benign process might be too much. I offer prophylactic mastectomies to women that are a high risk of breast due to family history, personal history, or who have positive genetic testing. Having fibroadenomas does not increase your risk of developing breast cancer. ...Read more

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What is the approach of the breast mass?I wanna know the whole process.

What is the approach of the breast mass?I wanna know the whole process.

A full: imaging workup, usually mammography and ultrasound. If the mass is identified as a suspicious finding on mammo and/or ultrasound, then an image-guided needle biopsy with next steps depending on the biopsy results. If not identifiable on imaging, then referral to breast surgeon. ...Read more

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