My name is Traci Mulder, and I am 40 years old. I have been a breast cancer survivor for six years, since 9/11/2000, and this is my breast cancer story. Read part one of my breast cancer story: Pregnant, With Breast Cancer: From Discovering a Lump to Breast Biopsy Awaiting the Results of My Mammogram Seven days after my mammogram , I went to pick up my mammogram films and report. I needed to take them with me to the surgeon the next day so she could better assess my situation and need for breast biopsy . I promised myself that I wouldn't look at the mammograms or report, since I don't know how to read or interpret films, and I headed out the clinic door. I had the mammography report out before I got to my car. "Birads 5!" What is that? Is that the best or worst? "Highly suggestive of malignancy." What? This was supposed to be nothing! I drove directly to my husband’s office in tears. I still don't know how I got there without g...
If your symptoms or test results seem to indicate that the breast cancer has come back or spread, your doctor may suggest a biopsy of the suspected cancerous tissue. You may need a biopsy to:
rule out other non-cancer causes of the problem
make a definite diagnosis of recurrent or metastatic breast cancer
figure out the current " personality " of the cancer (including hormone receptor status and HER2 status) so your doctors will know how best to treat it
When breast cancer comes back, it may not be exactly the same as the first time. For example, a cancer that was hormone-receptor-positive (ER+ or PR+) may come back as hormone-receptor-negative. HER2 testing may not have been done when the cancer was originally diagnosed. But now, it's important to have this test done because the results can affect treatment. Just as you needed to understand all the details of your original diagnosis, so you also need to know what you're dealing with now. This is the first step in knowing what treatme...
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Infection Special considerations Please see the following list of tests or procedures to get more information on why each one is performed, how it is performed, the risks, and normal and abnormal results: Abdominal wall fat pad biopsy Biopsy of the biliary tract Bladder biopsy Bone lesion biopsy Bone marrow biopsy Breast biopsy Carpal tunnel biopsy Chorionic villus biopsy Cold cone biopsy Colposcopy-directed biopsy Endometrial biopsy Gum biopsy Liver biopsy Lung needle biopsy Lymph node biopsy Mediastinoscopy with biopsy Muscle biopsy Myocardial biopsy Nasal mucosal biopsy Nerve biopsy Open lung biopsy Open pleural biopsy Oropharynx lesion biopsy Pleural needle biopsy Polyps biopsy Rectal biopsy Renal biopsy Salivary gland biopsy Skin lesion biopsy Skinny-needle biopsy Synovial biopsy Testicular biopsy Tongue biopsy Upper airway biopsy Ureteral retrograde brush biopsy cytology
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