The local extent of breast cancer is often detected only at surgery, but modern imaging may be able to give us this information preoperatively instead. An 81 year old woman was referred to a multidisciplinary breast clinic with a lump in her right breast. On clinical examination she had a mass in the upper outer quadrant, which was suspected to be an underlying carcinoma. It is usual practice for patients over 35 years with discrete breast lumps to undergo mammography and ultrasound. In patients under 35 years, ultrasound is the first line investigation.
Breast cancer - Diagnosis and treatment - Mayo Clinic
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing. During a breast MRI, you lie on your stomach on a padded scanning table. Your breasts fit into a hollow depression in the table, which contains coils that detect magnetic signals. The table slides into the large opening of the MRI machine.
What are core biopsies and FNAs for? Core biopsy also called core needle biopsy 3. Fine needle aspiration FNA 4. Punch biopsy. Sometimes a small sample of breast cells or breast tissue may be taken to help make a diagnosis.
A 45 year old women presents with a lump in her left breast. She has not been screened for breast cancer before. Her sister had breast cancer at the age of A 69 year old woman presents with a large ulcerating tumour of the breast. She has lumps in the opposite breast and has palpable nodes in both axillae.