• patty colloins patty colloins
    June 24, 2009
    why do i need a second biopsy after first one was negative
    patty colloins patty colloins
    June 24, 2009

    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
    June 25, 2009
    Phyllis Johnson
    Health Guide
    June 24, 2009

    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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