WHAT HAPPENS ONCE DIAGNOSED
It usually starts with a routine mammogram, though some women feel an unusual growth that initiates this hunt for answers. And once something suspicious is spotted on either a mammogram, sonogram or MRI, the real hunt begins. It starts with the images, which each tell a story to the trained eye.
For example, some radiology diagnostic sites have “Doppler sonograms”. These detect the volume of blood flow supporting the tumor. This is key, as well provisioned vascular support indicates aggressive growth likely; minor capillary support indicates modest growth in the near term.
The doctor who ordered the diagnostic images directs your case to the next specialists in line – the biopsy surgeons.
The questions answered through biopsy are as follows:
“is it actually cancer or just a benign tumor”
“if cancer, what’s its cell type”
“what hormones fuel this cancer”
“how far has the cancer spread”
“how aggressive is the cancer”.
Usually, using a sonogram as a guide, a special needle penetrates the tissue mass and bores out a sample. The surgeon sends the sample to the pathology lab, to identify the cell type and its origins (what initial breast cell type went rogue).