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Questions about the definition, risks and results of breast biopsy.
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|4/6/2012||Hi My wife is 37 years old.|
She had 3 children before the age of 32, breast fed them all for a year each. She had a benign ovarian tumour removed in 2008.
She recently found a small mass in her right breast. Se had, ultrasound, mamograms and core biopsy of the lump as well as vacume biopsy of scattered calcifications also found in the right breast. the left breast was normal on mamogram.
The surgeon ordered a preoperative MRI but has suggested a msatectomy is the only logical course of action followed by radiation and chemo. Are the calcification definately malignacies? can a microscopic calcification actually be read histologically to determine malignancy? Is Mastectomy the only choice given the widespread calcifications?
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|4/6/2012||wow.... calcifications cannot be determined to be malignant without a tissue biopsy. It isn't fair to assume anything, including that mastectomy is needed for chemo or radiation. let's get a diagnosis first. a diagnosis by pathology. Calcifications captured in a core biopsy specimen can be examined under the microscope to determine if the core biopsy tissue contains cancer cells or not. Get a copy of the pathology report first. If you can have her come to us, do. 443-287-2778.|
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