"Difficult" Biopsy Needed
Radiologist says I need a biopsy that will be difficult to do. That makes me nervous.
I did a regular screening mammogram (I am 67), and they noticed a small "density" that wasn't on my mammogram from 18 months earlier. I have very fatty breasts so things show up easily. I was called back today for a diagnostic mammo and then they did an ultrasound.
The radiologist worked hard but couldn't find anything on the ultrasound. The small density is on the left side of my right breast very close to where my breast meets my chest. He said it is very small and is very close to the surface. He looked for any skin lesion and found nothing. He kept trying with the ultrasound and finally found a place that he says might be the spot on the mammogram, but might not.
He said that they would do a stereotactic biopsy, but that due to the location they might have difficulty. He said if that didn't work then they would try to biopsy the place on the ultrasound that might possibly be the place on the mammogram, but it might not be.
He then said that this biopsy would be very difficult to do and maybe it would easier to do a surgical biopsy and remove the entire place. But, then he asked me to make an appointment for the stereotactic biopsy. I said I wasn't sure where I wanted to have the biopsy done and would get back to them.
Even before I got there, I had been undecided if I would have the imaging center do the biopsy. I don't really know much about them except my PC physician sent me there for my screening mammos. His stating that the biopsy would be very difficult and might not even be possible as a needle biopsy didn't help. I am not unhappy with him telling me this, of course. I appreciated his candor.
Many years ago I had surgical biopsies at MD Anderson after my first mammogram (both were benign). At that time I lived in Houston. I now live about 4 1/2 hours away. Anyway, I called to get an appointment with their undiagnosed breast clinic. Apparently they will get my records then will use them to evaluate what I need and will do my biopsy on the same I come in for the consultation (well if it is a needle biopsy). I haven't heard back yet to get an appointment time but am told it is usually within 7 to 10 days and they will call by tomorrow to schedule.
This might be overkill to go there at this point. But, the radiologist has already said this will be a difficult biopsy. Given that, I am inclined to go to the place that I trust even though it probably means a night in a hotel beforehand.
The radiologist didn't really say much about what he thought this was. He just said it was new and that it couldn't say it wasn't cancer. I am going to get a copy of the report but it wasn't done yet when I left today. Will probably go tomorrow and get it.
Has anyone had a small place very close to both the skin and very close to the chest. Does that make this higher risk?