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Give me a hint. What kind of hassle am I facing if doc suspects breast carcinoma? What is required to diagnose?
23 doctors weighed in

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics & Gynecology
16 doctors agree
In brief: Life saving
The usual first step after a concerning clinical breast exam is a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound.
If there are abnormal findings on those tests, then either a short term follow-up study or a biopsy of some sort - needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, lumpectomy, etc - may be indicated. If the mammogram / sonograms are normal, but the abnormal physical exam persists, then a biopsy is warranted.

In brief: Life saving
The usual first step after a concerning clinical breast exam is a mammogram and possibly an ultrasound.
If there are abnormal findings on those tests, then either a short term follow-up study or a biopsy of some sort - needle biopsy, incisional biopsy, lumpectomy, etc - may be indicated. If the mammogram / sonograms are normal, but the abnormal physical exam persists, then a biopsy is warranted.
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly. Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also American Cancer Society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
9 doctors agree
In brief: Hassles include:
Mammogram; further imaging (u/s, mri), biopsy.
If 'cancer', is it invasive or confined to duct (dcis)? Most have choice of breast conservation or mastectomy. If lumpectomy, you may need radiotherapy if you want to keep your breast. All lumps emoved are tested for receptors. Hormones and chemotherapy depend on these, and presence of lymph nodes. These hassles can save your life.

In brief: Hassles include:
Mammogram; further imaging (u/s, mri), biopsy.
If 'cancer', is it invasive or confined to duct (dcis)? Most have choice of breast conservation or mastectomy. If lumpectomy, you may need radiotherapy if you want to keep your breast. All lumps emoved are tested for receptors. Hormones and chemotherapy depend on these, and presence of lymph nodes. These hassles can save your life.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly. Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also American Cancer Society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment
Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Breast biopsy
For most patients who are found to have a "suspicious" abnormality on mammography (or examination), the biggest hassle is the waiting period between being told this and the definitive diagnosis.
The best way to diagnose a suspicious abnormality is by a non-surgical needle biopsy, either done by a breast surgeon or radiologist. The sooner you know, the sooner you can put this to rest.

In brief: Breast biopsy
For most patients who are found to have a "suspicious" abnormality on mammography (or examination), the biggest hassle is the waiting period between being told this and the definitive diagnosis.
The best way to diagnose a suspicious abnormality is by a non-surgical needle biopsy, either done by a breast surgeon or radiologist. The sooner you know, the sooner you can put this to rest.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly. Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also American Cancer Society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment
2 doctors agree
In brief: More comfort
Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly.
Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also american cancer society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment.

In brief: More comfort
Bottom line is that mammograms are now more woman friendly.
Soft pads can be used to soften the tightness of the machine, many techs are sensitive to draping women with respect and reassuring during the exam, biopsies can be done with good local pain/anesthesia control. Also american cancer society and others have a variety of support groups about women's breast health and breast cancer treatment.
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
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