As some of you know im not a breast cancer patien i had brain cancert. However, my mother just had a mamogram done about 3 weeks ago and they found a lump measuring 1.7 cm. This didint show on the mamogram though they felt it. I took her to the surgeon this morning and he suggested doing a lumpectomy this Wednesday. My question is...is it common to do a lumpectomy first instead of a biopsy. He told her its a lump and it needs to come out and that he would send the pathology out and after that was back then they would talk again on what if anything needed to be done. I would welcome any information on this procedure and if any have had this done instead of a regular biopsy.