loading... close

Hi, I'm only 23 and I'm having a biopsy and sonogram done next week on the grape size lump I found under my armpit. Will that be enough to tell if it's cancer or should I ask for more tests?

jenny l Profile
Asked by

anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 6 years
 
  • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
    anonymous
    Survivor since 2003
    With a sonogram they will be looking if the lump is fluid filled or solid they may also be checking if there are any other suspicious areas. There are different types of biopsies. Fine needle aspirate they insert a wide bore needle and aspirate some of the tissue and send it to the lab. A cone knive biopsy they remove a cone shape tissue sample and send that for pathology and then there is a wide incisional biopsy that they remove the entire lump or suspicious area pathology is able to evaluate the whole area and the surgeon can check for clean margins. The surgeon will usually decide what type of biopsy will give the best diagnosis.
    about 6 years Flag
    • jenny l Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      How long does it take to get biopsy results back?

      about 6 years Flag
    • jenny l Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      And all the doc told was that it's a surgical biopsy

      about 6 years Flag
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Jenny it depends on where you are having your biopsy done at. Some facilities have pathologist on site that they send the specimen immediately and you can get a preliminary reading. Although that reading maynot be conclusive so some doctors...

      more

      Jenny it depends on where you are having your biopsy done at. Some facilities have pathologist on site that they send the specimen immediately and you can get a preliminary reading. Although that reading maynot be conclusive so some doctors prefer to wait until the final reading to tell the patient the results. The average time for a final reading is 7 days - 14 days.
      I've had several biopsies my first being a wide incisional done in a same day surgery hospital setting so pathologist were on site so I had gotten my results as I was waking up from anesthisia. Other biopsies that I've had they wanted to make sure of the results and sent it out to get further evaluated so it took about 14 days.

      The main thing is to stay positive that the lump is being biopsied and they are finding out what it is.

      here is a link to my personal experience http://home.roadrunner.com/~amj/

      I take you from my initial diagnosis the biopsy, the surgery my recovery and my reflection a year later.

      Take care and know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers.

      about 6 years Flag
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Jenny we were responding at the same time. A surgical biopsy is a core or cone knife biopsy or wide incisional biopsy. You should ask the doctor or nurse exactly what will be done and how. If it will be done under local or general anethesia? ...

      more

      Jenny we were responding at the same time. A surgical biopsy is a core or cone knife biopsy or wide incisional biopsy. You should ask the doctor or nurse exactly what will be done and how. If it will be done under local or general anethesia? What the recovery will be since it is under your arm....with my lymph node biopsy I had numbness to my arm after the procedure and it felt like I had a broken arm unable to move it the first 24 hours from the local anethesia. If you have questions don't be afraid to call your doctors office and speak to the nurse let her know your concerns. The questions you have asked here are good questions and the nurse should be able to answer them concerning your specific procedure and the results.

      about 6 years Flag
    • jenny l Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ty!will keep u posted

      about 6 years Flag
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonimamente
      Sobrevivente desde 2003

      you can e-mail me at annmo1960@gmail.com anytime if you need someone to talk and vent to. HUGS

      about 6 years Flag
    • jenny l Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      Thank you so much!

      about 6 years Flag
    • jenny l Profile
      anonimamente
      Aprendendo sobre o câncer de mama

      Thank you so much!

      about 6 years Flag
    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Jenny just checking on you wondering how everything went with your doctors appt

      about 6 years Flag

Educational Video

Personal Story

Related Topics

Looking for another topic?
Use the search box in the top right.

Footer 1

An Early Detection Plan (EDP) significantly increases the chances of surviving breast cancer.

spread the word