Re: Confused about atypical cells found during needle biopsy
Last year, I had a similar experience as you. I had a small area show up on a breast MRI that was not seen on a mammography or ultrasound. I had a stereotactic biopsy done under the MRI which showed severe atypia-cells that were benign, but were about to turn malignant. The radiologist called me and told me that I needed a wide excision breast biopsy as soon as possible to make sure that all the cells had been removed. She also called my breast surgeon and told him the same thing. I had the surgery, and, thankfully, the area was also benign.
I think the radiologist wants to make sure all the abnormal cells have been removed and that you have wide, clean margins to insure that none of the cells have been left . Any cells that could be left in that area that are different could eventually turn to cancer.
I would also suggest that you speak to your breast surgeon about the estrogen replacement. Because of previous diagnosis of atypical cells and LCIS, I took tamoxifen for 5 years. Tamoxifen is an estrogen blocker. In some women, breast cancer is fueled by estrogen, and taking an estrogen replacement is not good. You need to get advice about that.
I want to tell you that the surgery was not bad. It was same day--I was in the hospital for a total of about 8 hours. I had very little pain and only needed a tylenol for discomfort!!
I wish you luck, and if you have any questions, please ask!! Good luck, sweetie-you will be fine!
Last edited by nibbsie; 04-27-2010 at 05:10 PM.
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