2 weeks ago I found a lump in my left breast. I went to my ob-gyn a few days later, he felt it and said he thinks it's just a cyst but because I have a family history of breast cancer he wanted me to have a mammogram, ultrasound and an appointment with a surgeon. I had my mammogram and u/s a few days later.
Yesterday I had my appointment with the surgeon. He said that my mammogram and ultrasound both came back negative - which I really don't understand because there is a very obvious lump there. He felt the lump and said it is about 1 inch in diameter. He also said that he doesn't think it is cancerous.
Like my ob-gyn, he said that since I have a family history of breast cancer he isn't comfortable with the "wait and see" method. My husband and I wouldn't be comfortable with that either. He scheduled me for surgery next Friday to remove the lump and send it away for a biopsy.
I guess my question is, does this seem like a normal proceedure? I don't know anyone who has been through this before, so I don't have anyone else to ask. My husband works with someone though who had breast cancer and she told him that all her surgeon did was drain some fluid with a needle to determine that her lump was cancerous.
This does seem a normal procedure ... every lump is definitely NOT breast cancer. Removing a lump of the size you describe is the same as an excisional biopsy which is often done. A lumpectomy os a fairly
simple procedure with a quick recovery time. The co-worker of your husband you mention can't used as a comparison to your situation. There are several types of biopsies and each is used for specific circumstances such as the location and size of the questionable lump.
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