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Can the surgeon see that there is nothing wrong with the fluid from a needle biopsy and decide not to have it tested?

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anonymous

Learning About Breast Cancer about 7 years
 
  • Evelyn Heilbrunn Profile
    anonymes
    Survivant depuis 2012
    If that's your doctor's approach I would definitely seek another opinion. Rarely do breast surgeons take that approach. Whoever you see, insist that this be chased down until you get a definitive answer. It may require a surgical biopsy and a pathology read, but you absolutely DO NOT want this to sit. I suggest you be as proactive as possible on this. As you probably know, "watching" a lump or suspicious area can cause major problems if it is malignant. Please know, though, that many lumps are NOT cancer. You just need to be sure. Good luck to to you!
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    anonymous
    Stage 2A Patient
    I had a surgeon tell me the tissues she removed from my breast looked normal but ended up having IDC in them. A Dr. cannot know until the specimen is analyzed by a pathologist.
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  • Rita Jo Hayes Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2009
    Most surgeons can't and won't put them selves in that position, too much liability. Please be proactive, ask for testing or get another opinion. You need to know for sure. Good luck.
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    anonymes
    Étude du cancer du sein
    If that is what your surgeon did I would get myself a second opinion and this time make sure it is tested.
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  • Elaine Mills Profile
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    Stage 2B Patient
    EXTREMELY DOUBTFUL
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  • julie s Profile
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    Stage 2A Patient
    Absolutely NOT!!!!!!
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  • Sharon Danielson Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2007
    I haven't heard of a surgeon, yet, who can "wave a magic wand" over a sample and say one way or the other. I really hope this hasn't happened to you, if so, I would request the sample be sent to a lab. Sharon
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  • Erin Timlin Profile
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    Survivant depuis 2011
    No! The cells are microscopic and it takes a skilled pathologist several days to see them clearly. The fluid isn't what comes out of the breast. What comes out is tiny bits of tissue from whatever it is they're testing. Those bits are in a vial of fluid. My radiologist showed it to me. Didn't look like much. On top of that, if something is cancerous, the pathologist must also determine what kind of cancer it is. Breast cancer has many different faces!
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    Étude du cancer du sein
    I had a biopsy and watched the doctor throw the specimen in the trash can because it looked clear to her. I thought that was wrong, but trusted her and let it go. A few months later I had a routine mammogram which showed invasive breast cancer in the same breast. This time the radiologist told me I had cancer before doing a biopsy, which ultimately confirmed cancer. I learned that you listen to your inner voice and insist on getting something checked out that you are worried about. If a doctor won't listen to you, seek out a second opinion. I have definitely changed doctors!
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