Standard of care would recommend needle core biopsy as the best method to evaluate a breast mass, abnormal mammogram/ultrasound/MRI. There are many types of breast pathologies, which can be confusing. Understanding a pathology report is the key to understanding treatment options.
It is very important to understand your pathology report; even when the results are benign. Upstaging occurs when a needle biopsy underestimates the presence of a cancer. Surgical excision may be necessary to further evaluate a finding on breast imaging.
|HIGH RISK||Atypcial Ductal Hyperplasia (ADH)|
Atypical Lobular Hyperplasia (ALH)
Flat Epithelial Atypic (FEA)
|LOW RISK|| Fibrocystic Changes|
Usual Duct Hyperplasia
Can Surgical Excision Be Avoided?
Avoid Excision if:
Why Should These Lesions Be Excised