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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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Breast Pain (Definition)

Breast pain is common. It is typically experienced during the menstrual period. Pain can range from mild tenderness, burning, dull ache, sharp or stabbing. It can be experienced in 1 or both breasts. Fibrocystic changes is the most common cause of breast pain. Hormonal medications (birth control, hormones) can cause pain as well. Infection ...Read more


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Painful breasts and 2 CM mass in left breast. What can I do to remove it?

Painful breasts and 2 CM mass in left breast. What can I do to remove it?

Eval: Please don't attempt to remove a breast mass yourself. Recommend making an appointment with your physician who can assess and refer to a specialist as appropriate. ...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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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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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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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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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