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Wednesday, June 24, 2009 patty colloins, Community Member, asks

Q: why do i need a second biopsy after first one was negative

i had a thin needle aspiration biopsy on breast...surgeon said if it comes back negative i will need to get a differnt type of biopsy

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
6/25/09 5:36am

It sounds like your surgeon strongly suspects you have a cancerous tumor and was hoping to get a conclusive diagnosis from the least invasive form of biopsy.  However, the fine needle biopsy only sampled a tiny bit of tissue, and the surgeon is concerned that it may have missed cancer cells.  Probably the next biopsy would be a surgical biopsy that would take either the entire tumor or a large portion of it.  If that one comes back negative, you can breathe a huge sigh of relief.  And if it is cancer, you can move quickly to treatment.

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By patty colloins, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/23/10, First Published: 06/24/09