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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|11/18/2004||My main question concerns the correct approach to take. I have had physical exams and scans read by many. All who say they believe this is a benign tumor. From what I have read over 90% of patients are candidates for core biopsies. Can you explain to me the reasons why 10% aren't..and is one due to the tumor being too close to the skin? I hesitate on taking the step to surgically remove this if it could in fact go away on its own over a period of time. With the size of the tumor (8mm), the characteristics (round and smooth, mobile, wider than taller) and my being told a core biopsy isn't doable is it unreasonable in your opinion to watch and wait?? Are there any other questions I should be asking to help me in my decision process? The reason given for not being able to do a non-surgical biopsy was that it was too close to the skin and skin could be caught up into the process. Now the radiologist said he thinks he can get a sample even with the tumor close to the skin. What to do?|
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|11/22/2004||Tumors close to the skin or close to the chest wall can be difficult to do a core biopsy on.|
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