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Breast Biopsy

Am scheduled for a needle guided biopsy of two lumps in left breast on April 2nd. Am scared to death. Have waited so long (found the lump in May 2006) to get this out of me and find out exactly what I'm dealing with. It's really hard not knowing, but finding out I actually have cancer scares the daylights out of me. My dad had a cancerous tumor removed, had chemo and radiation, got sick and never got better. I have always said I wouldn't want chemo/radiation--just makes you sick. But I'm only 38 and I will probably be grasping at any hope at all to beat this to stay around for my girls and my husband. They need me.

Anyway, my question is: I know it depends on how big of an incision needs to be made but is there a recovery period necessary after removal of a lump? Will there be any lasting pain (2 or more weeks later)?
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Hi there Mom968,
Sorry to hear you are going through this but I think I can give you some advice as I just spent the day with my mom after having surgery to remove breast tissue.
Just some history here....my mom was 43 when she was first diagnosed with breast cancer, she had a lumpectomy, no further treatment.  6 years ago, she had another tumor, had another lumpectomy, and followed with radiation, no chemo.
This time around, they found calcifications which are calcium deposits...these can be mostly benign but potentially can signify problems and with my mom's history, she had to have another biopsy.  She had a core biopsy which was "uncomfortable" but not painful.
Today she also had a needle guided surgery.....she was dreading it as the first time it was a bad experience but todays was pretty good, no discomfort.  It's uncomfortable she says but manageable....so please dont fret although I know it's so hard, my mom was really worried.  I know you will worry until its over, but it wont be as bad as you're expecting.....
You will feel tender for a couple of days after that, but other than that you should be okay.  They will tell you to take something for pain if you need it.  I think you will be okay.
Mom also had radiation which was exhausting and scary.  Did not hurt but just made her really really tired.  Effects later are pain in her ribs...but that could also be due to her osteoporosis combined with the radiation....has left her some pain there.......but you have to look at the benefits outweigh the risks......its worth it if it saves her life......
Wishing you the best of luck and I will say a prayer for you....I've been down this road several times with my mom and it is absolutely nervewrecking, no one will tell you different.  But at this point, there is NO reason to think you have cancer so please try to think positive.  My mom has had breast cancer twice and her biopsy came out benign - so you have every chance of course of the same!!
Please post again and let us know how you're doing.

Carsam  :)
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I have had a needle biopsy, us guided core fine needle asperation, and a lump removal.  All gave me little discomfort in that area and only lasted a day or so.  My lumps were small about the size of a pea and left 1 inch stitch marks.  My sister had a lump removed and hers was deeper and it left a 3 inch stitch scar.

Mine was cancer and hers was not.  My first needle biopsy was done in the office and the results came back the next day and they said it was b9.  I asked to have the lump removed because the lump was on a nerve and at my underwire bra line and just wanted it out - this is when he found 2 lumps both with cancer.  The biopsy was not correct.

I had a 3rd lump found in other breast and had a us guided one to make sure they got tissue out of the lump.  I would just of had them cut it out but I was going to have a double mast and we were just checking to see if it was cancer pre-surgery so we could the lymphs also.  It was not cancer.

My advice is to just remove the lump and not biopsy it if possiable.  Good luck.
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