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Difference in Biopsies???????

disneyfan2008
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I found out yesterday I must have biopsy (post 4 yrs BC)The Dr asked me what kind I had the first time. I said I am not sure but I laid face down on table. HE said oh, this time it will not be as bad..I will lie on my back. I tried looking up the difference and couldn't find anything.

Any thoughts or knoweldge?

Denise

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mamolady
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Denise,
It sounds like you had a Stereotactic biopsy the first time. You lay on a table with the boob through a hole. They do a mammo type image to locate the area.
This time it sounds like they will do an ultrasound guided biopsy. They will use ultrasound to find the spot and use a hand held thing that looks like an old solder sucker (not sure if you ever worked with circuit boards).
The biopsy that is taken is still similar to the other type. This is just a little less uncomfortable.
They still use lidocaine to numb the area and the after care is still the same.
They choose the method based on how the spot is best visualized and where it is. If it is really close to the chest wall they do U/S, for calcifications they typically do stereo.
I hope it's nothing this time!
Cindy

disneyfan2008
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Cindy:
Thanks..yes first time laid on table with boob holes..lol

Denise

disneyfan2008
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Cindy:
Thanks..yes first time laid on table with boob holes..lol

Denise

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I had both also and that one was definitely worse.

The ones I had in the offices were the easier. Is this an ultrasound guided biopsy this time since he couldn't see anything on the mammogram? I had one of those and it is the same procedure of numbing the area and using an instrument to extract pieces of the tissue while watching the ultrasound machine to locate it...then they may leave a marker. There is some pressure and afterwards it will be sore and bruised (like the other one you had).

Will you let us know when you are going for this? I wish I had known about the board when I went through mine. I was alone and terrified and cried alot. Our sisters would have been a comfort to me then!

Lets get this over with!
Kay

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missrenee
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I had to have an MRI-guided biopsy with wire localization because mine was so close to the chest wall and hard to get at. I think a lot depends on the location.

Good luck, Denise, and keep us posted.

Hugs, Renee

disneyfan2008
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Kay:

thanks for reply...I too did not find this board until years past BC..ONLY reason I looked it up is a friend has skin cancer, had surgery and said I AM a survivor...so I logged in to see who/how you are survivor. I always and still say I HAD BC..

ALL and all happy i found this site..I am here daily...

Denise

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I had an ultra sound guided core biopsy and I can actually say I had no pain. They numbed me and all I felt, if anything, was a small prick from a needle.

Good luck,

Jan

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Gabe N Abby Mom
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I hope the biopsy goes smoothly for you. And more important that it turns out to be nothing...

Hugs,

Linda

cinnamonsmile
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If you go to cancer.org, And in the big white rectangle under How May We Help You, type in types of breast biopsies. That will lead you to another screen.
There will be several choices listed. Click on the one the top one that says, "Types of Biopsy Procedures."

That gives an overview and explanation of different biopsies. It is easier for you to go to the site than type out all the information.

disneyfan2008
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Cinnamonsmile:

thanks for info i'll check it out..

Denise..

Imaging Ctr called me last night (missed the call) to set up my appt...so I am sure they will call today..

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jnl
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Did you get your appointment yet Denise? We'll all be with you!

Hugs, Leeza

disneyfan2008
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I know not bad or painful and only 90 from start to finish..

just want it over..

Denise

survivorbc09
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I hope everything went well for you yesterday Denise!

Hugs, Jan

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