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Facts and Myths about Breast Cancer
Questions on the facts and myths of breast cancer.
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7/23/20171. Why do MD's/radiologists insist on having multiple core biopsies when only one is necessary for a single tumor.
2. Would this reflect on the MD's lack of experience and skill?
3. I have what appears to be permanent nerve damage to my arm for 3 core biopsies from one breast and one tumor site. I deeply regret letting this MD do this to me. I also had an infection of the breast after this procedure.
4. Is this how medical colleges are getting specimens for their grad students?
5. It appears to be unnecessary and a risk to the patient's health.
6. If the medical staff at a teaching institute wants additional tissue they should ask and get a signed consent from the patient following organ donation standards.
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7/24/20171. it is vital to have an adequate sampling. a minimum of 5 samples is considered adequate. 4 or less is not. tumors are not uniform in their characteristics.

2. the doctor is following standard of care by getting 5 samples.

3. the nerves that goes down the arm are not located in breast tissue for there to be a "connection."

4. no

5. refer to prior answers.

6. refer to prior answers above.

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