What's the upshot of getting breast lump?

Definitive Diagnosis. Any new lump in the breast should prompt physician evaluation. Based upon examination findings, your doctor may order tests such as an ultrasound+/-mammogram, and refer you to a breast specialist. If the lump is suspicious, a simple needle biopsy may be performed under local anesthesia in the office for definitive diagnosis. If the lump is deemed non-suspicious, short-term follow-up is advised.
Depends. The lump can be benign (not harmful, normal, not dangerous) or significant or serious. First step is to have your doctor check it out. Then tests may be ordered for more information. Ultrasound, mri, or biopsy depending on how suspicious the lump is. Please see your doctor.

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I have to get a breast lump removed how is it going to feel?

Minor Surgery. A lumpectomy is usually performed under twilight anesthesia, so you will not be aware of the operation. After surgery, you will probably notice a "black-and-blue" type of soreness that should be well controlled with non-narcotic pain medication (i am a big fan of ibuprofen). Most people return to work in a few days and are back to normal activities in a week. Of course, check with your surgeon. Read more...

They found a breast lump but studies show it is benign. Can I get it removed anyway?

Yes. You can either have a needle biopsy to find out what it is or a surgeon can remove it if it becomes a worry to you. Read more...
Maybe. It may not be covered by your insurance if it is done for peace of mind rather than a specific medical indication. The doctors insurance specialist may be able to get it through the approval process, but they sometimes reject the claims after the fact. I'm sure you can find someone to do it & it would be wonderful if insurers didn't control our lives. But be aware of the process. Read more...

For what length of time does it take on average to get a diagnosis for a breast lump?

Up to a month. It can take up to a month to get a definitive diagnosis. First you need a good breast exam by a trained provider. Most breast lumps are benign, but if your doctor is concerned you may need imaging (mammogram, ultrasound, and/or mri) and possibly a biopsy. Then it takes 3-4 days for the biopsy results to come back. By the time all of these tests are done, it has taken a month. Read more...

When is it necessary to get a breast lump removal?

Lump removal. A breast lump can be diagnosed by needle biopsy, typically. If the biopsy reveals cancer, then the lump needs to be removed. If the biopsy is inconclusive, the lump should also be removed, so a true diagnosis can be made. Read more...
It depends . The majority of breast lumps are benign or non-cancer. When you are young they are usually benign , however as you reach age 50 , there is a 50% chance that a lump is a cancer , and this % goes up as you get older. Therefore all breast lumps should be evaluated by a general surgeon and he will help determine the nature of the lump. If benign , it can be watched in some situations. Read more...

How quickly you get the results from laboratories on a breast lump biopsy?

1-3 days. This varies quite a bit from hospital to hospital. At my hospital, biopsies from the breast center are made top priority so that the results will return in 1 day, provided that it is received by 3pm. Pathology reports following breast cancer surgery may take a little longer, on the order of 2-3 days. Special studies such as tumor markers may take as long as a week. Read more...
2-3 Days. The answer will vary depending on the hospital. At my institution we will get results quickly; if there is a cancer, the pathologist will call, sometimes within 2 days. A 'stat' result can be obtained in 1 day, but this taxes the pathology department, so, we tend not to take advantage too often. Read more...

What are the tests for breast lump?

Exam, mammo, US, MRI. Physical examination by a trained provider is a good start. If you or the doc feel a lump then mammogram and/or ultrasound (depending on your age, etc.) is usually next. Mri is usually reserved for complex diagnoses, women with very dense breasts, or strong family history. After the workup, a needle biopsy is typically ordered if any of the above are suspicious or if the lump persists. Read more...
Exam, imaging. Always start with exam. Though usually more is needed. Ultrasound and mammogram ( X-ray) can provide helpful information as well. If there is any concern for cancer only a tissue biopsy will do. . Read more...