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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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7/4/2017I live in Nepal, however an Australian citizen my wife has found a lump in her breast. I sent her to get a biopsy which came back as a non malignant tissue however the specialist believes he still needs to operate to remove the lump claiming a tumor may grow in such a way that only half of the tumor expresses as malignant and the other half as non malignant.
So when we quizzed him further his response was, with the tissue biopsy they may have missed the area with the cancer. So if they test the further right side, maybe they missed the cancer cells growing on the left side, only by removing the tumor can they 100% diagnosis.
This doesn't sound correct to me. Can anyone comment?
The lump size is 6 x 2 cm, ultrasound and first tissue biopsy appeared non malignant.
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
7/5/2017Sometimes recommendations are made to excise the area especially if the radiologist feels that the pathology is discordant with what appears on imaging. A needle biopsy samples parts of a lump. An excisional biopsy removes the whole lump for testing.

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