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Tuesday, January 01, 2013 terra, Community Member, asks

Q: Can a breast lump that was rooted down move after a biopsy?

Hi, I submitted a question a short time ago concerning my breast lump. I was supposed to have my breast lump removed last week, or the main bulk of it anyway, but I decided to cancel the surgery at the last minute. I really wanted the biopsy before I did a surgery that might not be necessary. I found a breast clinic and they got me in ASAP and did a biopsy on me 6 days ago. I had a hard rigid lump that was not movable and was growing very fast. I know from my mamo and ultrasound that nothing was showing up but it could be felt easily. I will know the results in 2 days, but my question is this. Can a lump that never moved before move after biopsy. I had a large mass under my left breast with it extending in 3 directions before the biopsy. Now the main section is free floating and I can move it around a little, the legs are still in place though. I just did not know if this is a good thing or a bad thing. They did a core needle biopsy and they took 6 samples, if that helps. Thanks for your time!
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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
1/ 1/13 5:43am

Terra, unfortunately this is getting into territory that's just too technical and involved for us to answer here. We're breast cancer survivors; seasoned survivors, for sure, but we have no medical training other than the reading we do to help us answer these questions, and the experience we've had as patients ourselves. I don't feel confident answering questions about your specific surgery; what may or may not have been the result, and whether this is "good" or "bad." So, best for you to either contact your surgeon (often a surgeon's nurses are the most accessible place to start); or to simply wait for the biopsy results. I know waiting is hard, so try to keep yourself busy and focused on something besides the frustration of waiting, OK? Best of luck to you - I hope you get good results. PJH

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By terra, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/01/13, First Published: 01/01/13