What Questions Should I Ask After a Breast Biopsy?

Questions to Ask After a Breast Biopsy

Breast Biopsy QuestionsGetting a biopsy is nerve-racking, but know that you are doing the right thing by taking that step in finding out more about your breast situation. There are a million things that might be going on in your mind as you are waiting for the results. We are here to guide you and help you get prepared.

There’s a lot of important information you want to ask your doctor upon receiving your biopsy results. There are many possible outcomes to a breast biopsy exam . In the video below, our Medical Director Dr. Jay Harness shares his list of questions for your physician for every scenario.

Watch the video below to find out more.

Transcript

Harness:  What question should I ask about the results of my breast biopsy?  Here are some important thoughts.

You are now on your way to get the results of your breast biopsy.  This could have been a needle biopsy as I have strongly suggested or it could have been an open surgical biopsy, but the bottom line is you are now going to get the results of the biopsy and here is the list and some concepts of important questions you should be asking.  The question #1 in your mind is the biopsy cancer or not and if it is that takes this down one pathway, but let’s assume for a second that your biopsy results are benign, not cancer.  What questionsre is nothing to be worried about, but on the other hand if there have been benign results that came in show things like a typical ductal hyperplasia or a typical lobular hyperplasia.  These are important subjects that will be covered later here at Breast Cancer Answers.  Because the finding of a typical ductal hyperpla should you be asking.  Well, if you have the excisional biopsy done because of a benign fibroadenoma.  You want to make sure that in fact was totally benign and thesia may increase your risk of subsequent breast cancer and you want to know if you had a benign result what additional imaging study should be done in the future or you add any kind increase risk for breast cancer, etc.  Now let’s assume for a second then in fact the result show that you have a breast cancer.  This is the beginning of your journey about your breast cancer and you want to gather as much information as you can at the beginning of that journey.  You should always have the results of your mammograms and your ultrasound examination in your personal files.  You want to know if your cancer is in situ meaning that it is confined inside the ducts of the breast or whether it’s invasive and gone through the walls of the ducts of the breast.  You want to know about your markers, your estrogen receptor marker, your progesterone receptor marker and your HER2/neu.  These markers are very important in determining therapies down the road and that it is important that you have these as part of your overall records.  You want to know if the surgeon or people that you have been referred to or part of a multidisciplinary team where your case is going to be presented at a conference and multiple specialists are going to discuss what is the best approach for your case.  You also want to know if you are going to need additional testing.  Those additional tests could include as an example a breast MRI examination.  Usually, when you are just finding out the results of your breast biopsy, it’s too early often, it’s too early to be discussing whether you are going to be needing chemotherapy or what other aspects there is going to be of your treatment.  You should not go running off to an operating room right away and so your cases then presented to a multidisciplinary team.  It’s also important to remember that time is your friend that breast cancer is a galaxy of diseases and what you ultimately want if you got breast cancer is for a very personalized treatment program to be designed for your individual case.  These of the things are important, keep track of the things that I mention today be empowered.

Dr. Jay Harness is a surgeon specializing in complete breast health, breast cancer surgery, oncoplastic reconstruction, genetic screening, risk assessment and counseling, management of breast health issues and breast cancer treatment in Orange County, California. Dr. Harness completed his general surgery residency at University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers.