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Jan 13, 2020 03:02PM
Jan 13, 2020 03:07PM
Prior to ultrasound/MRI guided biopsies becoming the standard, my surgeon wanted to do all of my biopsies under general anesthesia. I drove him crazy because I was afraid of anesthesia and it made me sick, so for the longest time I insisted he do them with local anesthesia. So I'd go in for day surgery in the hospital and he'd take great care to pump by breast full of lidocaine for each biopsy (bless him). He finally talked me into letting him at lease give me twilight sleep for the biopsies, and gradually I got comfortable with general anesthesia.
I think the standard now is imaging guided biopsies, and wire localized biopsies. My surgeon is still open to excisional biopsies without image guidance, but strongly recommends image guided for accuracy, and in hopes of eliminating more invasive surgery.
Maybe you could talk to a different surgeon? Have you thought about asking for anxiety medication to help? I’m on an SSRI and a benzodiazepine for anxiety. I take a double dose of the benzo whenever I have medical tests to help me through.
***Edited to add that I had my first biopsy at 22, and had many, many more over the following 25 years until my current diagnosis and bilateral mastectomies.
First Dx at 27 years old in 1999, 2nd Dx 2018, 3rd Dx 2019... Current Oncotype: 26
12/7/1999, IDC, Left, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 2, 0/14 nodes, ER+/PR+
12/22/1999 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Left, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary
1/31/2000 Whole-breast: Breast, Lymph nodes
2/1/2000 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
8/24/2016 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone)
9/5/2018 Lumpectomy: Left
9/7/2018, DCIS, Left, <1cm, Stage 0, Grade 1
5/31/2019, IDC, Left, 3cm, Stage IIA, Grade 3, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
8/5/2019 Lymph node removal: Left; Mastectomy: Left; Prophylactic mastectomy: Right; Reconstruction (left): Latissimus dorsi flap, Tissue expander placement; Reconstruction (right): Tissue expander placement
9/4/2019 Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide), Taxotere (docetaxel)
12/2/2019 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone), Zoladex (goserelin)