The Breast Diaries

Q & A: What if I feel a lump and the mammogram and ultrasound are negative (normal)?

October 23rd, 2012

By Stacey Vitiello, MD

  •    Never ignore a lump. When you feel a lump and mammogram and ultrasound (also known as a sonogram) are negative, there is still a 2-3 % chance that the lump is cancer. Have your doctor refer you to a breast surgeon. They might want to perform a needle biopsy in the office based on what they feel, or they may advise surgical removal of the lump in the operating room. If the doctor doesn’t test the lump, and you still feel it, seek a second opinion from another surgeon. You know your body better than anyone.
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8 Reasons to Choose the Needle If You Need a Breast Biopsy

March 14th, 2012

While killing time in foils under the dryer at my favorite hair salon, I was flipping through the October 2011 issue of Vogue and came across an interesting article, “Breast Check” by Elizabeth Weil.  Weil discusses the experience of her sister-in-law Kelly, who felt a lump in her breast that required a biopsy.  Kelly’s doctor performed an open surgical biopsy, and the results were benign (no cancer!).  Although relieved, the author wondered why Kelly was not sent to a radiologist for a needle biopsy (as in the example image above), and instead underwent…

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