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Breast Abnormalities and Other Symptoms
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8/31/2017In January 2017, had a mammogram-guided biopsy due to microcalcifications. The biopsy results were "probably benign" and 6 month follow up was recommended. Referral to an oncologist led to a MRI, which was negative.
Yesterday at my 6 month follow-up mammogram, the microcalcifications were "significantly increased and plemorphic" and the radiologist and counselor met with me and recommended/scheduled another mammogram-guided biopsy for next week.
The area of microcalcs is 5.8 x 5 x 3 cm. The radiologist commented that she was surprised I wasn't feeling any associated pain.
At what point do oncologists/surgeons decided that an excisional biopsy/removal of all calcifications is the best course of treatment (vs. just continuing to biopsy one site of said area? Should I expect a biopsy every 6 months forever? Thank you
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
9/1/2017not sure why you were asked about pain. usually these don't cause pain even when they are cancer. the description is worrisome and implies these might be cancer. so first a biopsy to make a diagnosis then surgery is likely to be also needed if they are deemed to be cancer. After the biopsy, come to us, 443-997-1513. you will need a specialized breast cancer team then.

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