Jun 21, 2004 - 2:57 am
I've often wondered if this didn't cause a spread during the weeks before the lumpectomy. The lump was large enough to do without the guided x-ray - I sat up - and the mammogram clearly showed cancer before the biopsy. In fact before the radiologist opened her mouth, I said: My God, I have cancer and she replied: I'm afraid so.
Finally found this on the web. I hate to open a can of worms but I am wondering who had the stereotactic biopsy instead of the 'old-fashioned' excisional ( more expensive too!) and if you have the new method which is cheaper - ho-ho for modern science- did you have a recurrence.?
"Standard core biopsies require several needle insertions. There is some concern that if a cancerous mass is present, cancer cells might be displaced and spread, but whether this actually happens is not known and it does not appear to be clinically significant. "