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What is necrosis of the breast? I have had SEVERAL mammograms done and 2 biopsies on my left breast and the necrosis didnt show up until I had a sonogram. I have had pain in my left breast continually and I cannot hold a book or my grandchild against it.

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  • Coco Smith Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Necrosis is tissue - such as breast fat - where damage to the cells has occurred. Necrotic is a Greek derivation and it means death. So in medical usage it refers to prematurely dead tissue when the host body remains alive. The thing is the dead tissue in a live organism can arise from a multitude of causes. It can be a blow to the area, radiation can do this - even the bite from a white spider can cause tissue death. So if you have a breast histopathology report stating after a biopsy that they found necrotic cells within a tumour positive for breast cancer, this means there were dead cells in the tumour site. In a normal breast, if necrosis is present it normally does not mean breast cancer as it can happen from so many things. A friend had this from a grandchild accidentally kicking her hard in the chest for example. The question to ask is - is your necrosis associated with breast cancer or some other condition.
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    • Linda Wells Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thank u 4 taking the time to answer my question. It was not said that I had a tumor, I had been complaining of severe pain in my left breast and something had shown up on the mamogram, so they did a sonogram. I have been having severe pain in my...

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      Thank u 4 taking the time to answer my question. It was not said that I had a tumor, I had been complaining of severe pain in my left breast and something had shown up on the mamogram, so they did a sonogram. I have been having severe pain in my left breast for a long time. It is still there and I cannot hold anything close or tight to my breast, the pain is still there. If I slightly squeeze my breast together like I am flattening it out, The EXTREME pain is there. Is this normal????? I cannot hold a book or child to my breast.

      about 6 years Flag
    • Linda Wells Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have had two biopsies done on this breast due to calcification. Both biopsies were negative. I have had this Constant or severe pain in my breast for over a year. I was having mamograms on thisone breast every 3 months. Why am I still having...

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      I have had two biopsies done on this breast due to calcification. Both biopsies were negative. I have had this Constant or severe pain in my breast for over a year. I was having mamograms on thisone breast every 3 months. Why am I still having pain????

      about 6 years Flag
    • Coco Smith Profile
      anónimo
      Aprendiendo sobre el cáncer de mama

      Hello Linda - I did not say you did have a tumour - I said "if"" you had a breast histopathology report that said there were necrotic cells in within a tumour positive for breast cancer - but also pointed out necrosis does not normally mean breast...

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      Hello Linda - I did not say you did have a tumour - I said "if"" you had a breast histopathology report that said there were necrotic cells in within a tumour positive for breast cancer - but also pointed out necrosis does not normally mean breast cancer as it can be caused by all sorts of things. I worded my response very carefully as I did not have any facts about the histopathology reports apart from the necrosis finding. Did you know breast biopsies can cause the sort of pain you are talking about? Going through menopause can cause it. Having our breasts flattened in mammograms can do it. Even the pressure from ultrasound can leave someone in pain. Hormones can cause it. Blows to the area can cause it. There are so many potential causes I could list but the list would be extremely long. The only way to get an answer is to consult a breast specialist and if the cause is not breast disease or injury, to consult a pain specialist to learn techniques for managing it. I am not suggesting my cause is the same as yours, but I have dense breast tissue and scars from a lumpectomy and breasts that are sensitive even before that and it takes me at least six months to recover from the pain from the compression from mammograms. if I was having them every three months like you, I would not recover as the interval is too short. If this is affecting your quality of life you need assistance to deal with it. I insist on having access to the Green whistle [inhaled pain relief carried on sport fields and in ambulances] and lidocaine gel on my breasts one hour before mammograms and ultrasounds - if I know my breasts are even more tender than usual I will take an oxycontin as well. The asprins daily for months afterwards to help with swelling and pain. Some of us just seem to have exquisitely tender breasts that do not take well to being mashed about. If disease is not present it may be that, in combination with nerve and other damage done by your diagnostic tests.I had something like 11 biopsies centred on 6mm of breast, the lumpectomy with lots of stitches and of course, ongoing/dozens of mammograms and ultrasound. I am actually surprised more women don't stay in pain as long as we do!

      about 6 years Flag
    • Linda Wells Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Coco,
      I truly understand That you did not say That I had a tumor, I know you said "if". I truly did not misunderstand anything thing you wrote to me. I appreciate all of your information.

      It is so nice to have someone to talk to this about. Thank...

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      Coco,
      I truly understand That you did not say That I had a tumor, I know you said "if". I truly did not misunderstand anything thing you wrote to me. I appreciate all of your information.

      It is so nice to have someone to talk to this about. Thank you, Linda

      about 6 years Flag

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