Benign Breast Conditions
There are many types of benign breast conditions or diseases. Some require no medical treatment but others require care. Some types can increase the risk of breast cancer. Talk to an Ochsner physician to learn more.
BREAST RECONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE A MAMMOGRAM
Your mammogram came back “abnormal.” Now what?
While it’s true that one out of six American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetimes, most women with abnormal mammograms turn out to be cancer free. In most situations, the more appropriate next step isn’t a surgical biopsy but something called a core needle biopsy, which may rule out the need for surgery all together. No one has more experience with core needle biopsies in our region than Ochsner.
At Ochsner, the appropriate core needle biopsy technique is performed (Ultrasound-guided, MRI-guided or Stereotactic) and the results are used to create a customized treatment plan for each patient. The small amount of tissue removed during a core needle biopsy can give your team a great deal of information about the tumor type, grade and characteristics that can affect your prognosis.
Unlike a surgical biopsy, there is less disturbance or distortion of tissue with a needle core biopsy. And there are other benefits well. With a core needle biopsy, tissue is preserved for lymph node mapping. The procedure includes localization and marking for future care management. It’s important to note that this approach does not delay chemotherapy, if needed. More importantly, it can reduce the need for more surgery in many cases.