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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|9/7/2008||I had a needle biopsy, because of 1 tiny spot of calcification seen on the mamogram. results were clear. Doctor wants to do a hook-wire op and place a tissue marker because of family history of breast cancer, mum and sister. Is this the correct procedure to follow. Do I have to have the op. She says if family history was not strong it would not be necessary.|
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|9/10/2008||If the needle biopsy showed calcifications related to atypical cells, next step is to do a wire localization and open excisional biopsy to remove additional tissue. The wire guides the surgeon as it localizes the area of concern. The marker is very small and detected only on mammogram. It helps with reading of mammograms in the future. The biopsy removes tissue to rule out early stage breast cancer. ds|
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