At this age of medical advancements, vacuum assisted breast biopsy has taken over the core biopsy in almost all image guided breast biopsies. VABB can be done with ultrasould, stereotactically with mammogram and MRI using Mammotome. Like core biopsy, it is minimally invasive but one top of that it can give much more sample acquisition with only a single insertion with high possibility to remove the lesions entirely. I am not sure why it takes so long for the biopsy results to be conveyed to patients. In the country where I practice, patients get to know their biopsy results within 24 hours. I hope this information helps all of you in this forum and know what to expect when you come across a suspicious lesion in your breast.
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Hi SB, basically the whole exercise is to determine whether this is a malignant lesion or just a simple fat necrosis. So, obviously you should not leave them alone. The next thing is which way to obtain a reliable adequate biopsy and possibly remove the whole lesion entirely. It depends on the size of the lesion and the expertise of the surgeon concerned. With adequate experience, more and more surgeon are going for vacuum assisted breast biopsy(mammotome) which are much less invasive and able to give you adequate tissue sample with the possibility of removing the lesion in entirety. Hope it helps you and you have chosen the right decision.
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