Fibroadenoma of the breast is a common benign lesion affecting women during their reproductive years. Despite their benignity, fibroadenomas can cause physical deformity due to large size and may produce discomfort or emotional distress in affected individuals. The traditional management options available to women diagnosed with a fibroadenoma include observation or surgical excision. Two newer approaches, percutaneous excision and in situ cryoablation, have been developed and are less invasive than surgical excision.
In most patients with fibroadenoma(s), the ideal approach is confirmation with percutaneous core biopsy and conservative follow-up. Because the malignant potential of fibroadenomas is extremely low, treatment is not required on an oncologic basis. This conservative approach is the least costly in terms of dollars and morbidity. A significant minority of fibroadenomas will disappear without treatment; with the remaining lesions either increasing in size or remaining unchanged.
Because fibroadenomas can be bothersome to some patients, causing physical deformity, discomfort or emotional distress, most breast surgeons will respect an informed patient's preference for treatment. Traditional open excisional biopsy is effective treatment in such cases but it is the most costly option because of the operating room charges and time off from work. Open excision may still be the best option in some cases based on large size of the fibroadenoma or the judgment of the surgeon or patient preference.
I love that information proved by Chin! Very helpful. I'd personally look into the less invasive approaches. Surgery is a bear to deal with often! Maybe you could watch it until it gets larger and more impactful?