I went to Grimsby hospital breast clinic on the 23rd January just for a check up; how little did I know it would change my life!! At am I was told after my mammogram I had calcification on my left breast and this was cancer! After seeing the consultant for the second time I was informed I would have to go back next Wednesday for the results and options but when asked about what he recommended it was a full mastectomy. The most scary part is although the nurses were there to offer comfort at no time did anyone tell me where I could go to get help?
A breast biopsy is usually done after a suspicious lesion is discovered on either Mammography or Ultrasound in order to get tissue for pathological diagnosis. There are many reasons why your doctor may order a breast biopsy. Fine needle aspiration FNA is a percutaneous "through the skin" procedure that uses a fine needle and a syringe to sample fluid from a breast cyst or remove clusters of cells from a solid mass. Core needle biopsy CNB is another percutaneous "through the skin" method of breast biopsy that became more popular than FNA in the s due to the larger sample of tissue CNB provides. To prevent the need to pierce the breast repeatedly a coaxial needle left in place on top of the mass as a guide. However, this method still has relatively high rates of false negatives compared to surgical or vacuum assisted methods due to the overall low volume of tissue removed.
When your breast was biopsied, the samples taken were studied under the microscope by a specialized doctor with many years of training called a pathologist. The pathologist sends your doctor a report that gives a diagnosis for each sample taken. Information in this report will be used to help manage your care.