A common problem that I face during my practice is that some patients refuse to get biopsies done when they are detected with a breast lump. The reason behind this misconception is that they feel that the cancer will start to spread after the biopsy.
Patients need to be explained that this is a myth and there is no scientific data to support this misconception. Also patients need to understand that it is not possible for doctors to come to a diagnosis of breast cancer, unless a biopsy is performed.
Case 1: 44 year old lady with a rapidly enlarging lump in the right breast of 6 months duration. On examination, she had a 3×3 cm hard lump in the lower half of her right breast. Surprisingly, she had a 5×5 cm hard, fixed axillary lymph node.
Reason of sharing this mammogram: bulky axillary lymphadenopathy with the lymph nodes being larger than the primary.
Case 2: Patient had a lesion in the left breast, which was biopsied. Wanted to point out the steri-strip (artifact) after biopsy.
Information provided by:
Dr. Rohan Khandelwal
Consultant, Breast Oncosurgeon
W Pratiksha Hospital