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How painful is a biopsy?

Marti Deroche Profile
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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer over 6 years
 
  • Diana Foster Payne Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 4 Patient
    It really depends on the type of biopsy you're having performed. I had a core needle biopsy done. They deadened the area first and it wasn't painful....just a little uncomfortable that's all. I had to hold my arm above my head for a little while and it was sore. It was worth it finding my cancer so I could begin treatment. :)
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    • Marti Deroche Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Thanks Diana.

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    • Michele Hunter Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I found it to not be painful at all. Noisy, like getting your ear pierced. Even the needle to numb me wasn't bad. Nothing to be scared of! :-)

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    • Diana Foster Payne Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 4 Patient

      You're welcome Marti, best wishes to you

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    • Laura Zarowny Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had the same experience as Michele.

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  • Adrienne private Profile
    anonymous
    Stage 3C Patient
    It depends on where the biopsy is located. I would arrange for a driver. I had 3 done- 2 in breast, 1 in lymph node. Lymph node area has more nerve endings and tends to be more painful area, but mine was ok. I had a hemotobin from first breast tumor biopsied, so that hurt. That's an atypical experience though. The other 2 did not hurt. The anesthetic shot was worse than the biopsy. Good luck!
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  • Jennifer Jackson Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    Ask for them to initially numb the area with lidocaine and bicarbonate. The bicarbonate takes away the stinging sensation of the lidocaine. If it is done correctly, you won't feel anything but a tiny stick! =)
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  • vicky malden Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had two core biopsies last week, still waiting the results. The area is anaethetised, it was not sore the only thing that was uncomfortable was the doctor pressing the ultrasound very firmly on my breast. all the best to you.
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  • Lori S Profile
    anonymous
    Learning About Breast Cancer
    I had a stereotactic biopsy. The worst part was lying still in the same position for 1 hour.
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