Thank you for your post.
Being told that you have a diagnosis of breast cancer from your recent punch biopsy must have come as a shock.
It’s understandable that you want to find out what the next steps are. Your dermatologist may have already referred you to a breast team, but it may be worthwhile contacting the dermatologist’s secretary to find out if this has happened. The results of the punch biopsy will also go to your GP so it may also be helpful to contact your GP to talk through your concerns, they may be able to offer support whilst you wait for your appointment with the breast team.
At the appointment with the breast team, they will let you know if the punch biopsy needs to be tested further and if any additional tests or investigations are needed, before explaining what your treatment plan may be.
You may find our booklet Breast cancer and you: coping with a diagnosis, treatment and the future helpful to read.
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Just had a punch biopsy that revealed adenocarcinoma of breast cancer origin. What do I do next? I had breast cancer 20+ years ago that was treated with lumpectomy, radiation, chemo and tamoxifen for 6 years. I recently developed a lumpy rash on my affected breast. I went to my dermatologist who did the biopsy. Can the same biopsy sample be tested further? What is my next step?