Surgical Biopsy

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lvdgs
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   Posted 7/2/2008 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I am scheduled for a surgical biopsy on July 14th and don't know what to expect. Seems like everyone I know that has had a problem had the needle aspiration. I was told it would bleed to much so I have to have surgery.  Is there much pain afterword? Can you wear a bra or is there a certain kind/type I should wear? How many days off from work would I need? I was told I could go back the next day but I sure don't want to go back braless. I feel like I pulled the short end of the straw since I don't know anyone that has had this done so I don't know what to expect. On July 23rd my husband is having the seeds done for prostate cancer we found out he had last month. When it rains it pours around here. Thank you for your help ladies.

babyseeester
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   Posted 7/2/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry I can't help with the surgical biopsy.  I only had the needle aspiration.  But, I wanted to let you know we will be with you in spirit to make sure everything goes well.  I am pretty sure some of the ladies have had this, so you should get some advise soon.  Hang in there.  Hoping for B9!!!  Sorry about DH.  It kind of poured on me during chemo, too, because my DH decided to fall off the roof right after my 1st chemo.  Shattered his heel, surgery, in a cast for 3 months.  So, instead of him taking care of me, I was taking care of him!  It was a difficult time, but we made it through.
L & H,
Kathy


Tavish
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   Posted 7/3/2008 5:25 AM (GMT -7)   
I had the surgical biopsy and it was quite easy for me. Keep in mind that we all may have different experiences with surgery. You'll probably be more comfortable wearing a bra for a few days, without wire. You'll want the support, as when the breast pulls down with gravity, you may feel discomfort. I just took OTC pain pills, did not need anything stronger, and I went back to work the next day. That may also depend on what kind of job you have. I have an office job where there is no physical lifting. It may be hard to lift and hold heavy things for a while. I used a small pillow at night, as I sleep on my side and I needed support for my arm so it would not rest on my breast.
80% of breast tumors are benign, so here's hoping yours is too!


MNlady13
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   Posted 7/6/2008 8:50 AM (GMT -7)   
My experience is much like Lori's. I've had two surgical biopsies. Went back to work after the first (with a cancer diagnosis!), but was advised to go home and rest after the second one (no cancer that time). Like Lori said, everone is different. I had little discomfort and quickly resumed normal activities. Your surgeon should perscribe pain meds, but I did not need them. In fact, I was surprised at how little pain I did have. Good luck to you. Please come back and let us know how it goes and what you find out. Hugs, Lauri
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lvdgs
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   Posted 7/6/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
Thank you for your input ladies. The wire guided part before the surgery really has me on edge. I will let you know how it truns out.   
 

MNlady13
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   Posted 7/6/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -7)   
Wire guided sounds worse than it is. I was nervous about it the first time, but it was easy. The nurses told me the surgeon I had does nearly all his biopsies with a wire guide so he does not miss anything. Sounds smart to me. They will numb this skin before inserting the fine wire. You probably won't feel a thing. Lauri
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lvdgs
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   Posted 7/6/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you Lauri,

My surgeon said he never misses, sure hope he's right :-) This has to be with a wire guide as there is no lump and it's close to the chest wall which is why they couldn't do a needle biopsy.

postal2
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   Posted 7/7/2008 12:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I had the surgical biopsy also and it wasn't that bad at all. Hang in there and let us know how it goes. We care!
Gail
  It's only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth -- and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.
 
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Dee75
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   Posted 7/21/2008 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
I had an ultrasound guided breast biopsy on July 10. It was not bad at all. They deadend the skin and after applied a small sugrie-strip. I have a little discomfort, but it isn't constant. Sad to say I have what is called infilterating ductal carcinoma grade 3 0f 3. Whatever all that means. I see the breast surgeon Wednesday. My daughter will be here to go with me. I have a surgeon that specializes in breast surgery. That helps. I pray it's not in my lymph nods. Best of luck on your biopsy and also to your husband. Dee

Beti
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   Posted 8/1/2008 11:49 AM (GMT -7)   
hello all. I'm new, and I started reading your posts when I had my left breast checked for a small lump. Since then (July 15th) I've gone through the several painful mammograms they took, plus the ultrasound. They couldn't clearly give a diagnosys (cyst or tumor), so I was sent to the breast surgeon, who said that it looks like a complex cyst and it's so dense they can't use the needle to take a sample. So I'll have surgery on August 22nd for a biopsy. I'm not only concern about the results, but also of the "after effects" of the surgery. I'm not young (39), but I was still hoping to get pregnant. I'm keeping my hopes high, thinking that everything will be OK and actually be concerned about how the breast will "behave" if I get pregnant, after having the surgery. That's all I could say right now, I'll keep reading your posts for comments about the surgery (it looks like my lump is easy to find, and it's close to the areola, does it make the surgery easier and the healing faster?)
Thanks! Beti

Beti
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   Posted 10/6/2008 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, after so long I've decided to write again. I wasn't sure about it, as everything came back negative from my excisional biopsy (the lump turned out to be a fibroadenoma) and I almost felt ashamed to say it after reading how many of you get bad news from the biopsy. But I just wanted to say, for those that have to go through it, that everything went so well with the doctor and the nurses, that I'm happy I did not have to wait and see is the lump changed before deciding to have a biopsy. Another thing, beside all the anxiety of waiting first for the surgery, then for the results, is that I found myself worrying about my family, not about myself, if the lump turned to be BC. I know that fibroadenomas tend to form again, so I'll probably have to endure all this again, thinking it's something bad (I know women with fibroadenomas have twice the chance to get BC). It also tells me that at almost 40 I might be getting into premenopause :). Anyways, I just wanted to say good luck to everybody in the forum, those who have to go through all the tests and waiting, and those that go through treatment. I'll keep reading the posts!

Thanks

Beti

JUJU8872
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   Posted 10/6/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
You are a smart lady. Stay on top of this and don't be afraid to insist on future tests. It's your health so stay involved.
Judy

babyseeester
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   Posted 10/6/2008 6:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Beti,
 
Do not feel ashamed to tell us you don't have BC.  We, of all people, rejoice when we hear those words.  I am very happy for you.  As Judy said, stay on top of your health, because no one else will.  I wish you a very happy, cancer-free life.
L & H,
Kathy


gma
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   Posted 10/7/2008 6:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I want to add my AMEN to what Kathy said. We are very happy when the diagnosis is negative. Hugs MK


Beti
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   Posted 10/9/2008 2:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for your words! I did lose a very close friend because of BC (tomorrow would be her birthday) because I think she did not have the proper treatment, according to her age and type of cancer. I hope that all the advice you give here could reach even more people.
I also wanted to mention that I had a lot of support from my partner, you will laugh, but he kind of found the lump, and encourage me to go to the doctor right away (I was planning to wait for a couple of months to see if the lump went away), and having all my family far away (South America) that meant so much!
I think going through this will also help me provide support to other women. One of my cousins has a similar problem, and she basically freaked out when she heard about fibroadenoma, because she has several. If any of you has any more info (besides what can be found online) or a very good site to check, I'll really appreciate the info.

Abrazos (hugs, in spanish)

Beti

jerial
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   Posted 10/21/2008 6:31 PM (GMT -7)   
hey

my friend had this done and it isn't pleasent. It hurts! Sorry, but you wanted to know.

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