In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, print off these ten steps to achieving a relatively stress-free and pain-free breast biopsy. Share this with loved ones, friends, and anyone you know who might have to go through this process. After all, early detection is the key to saving a breast and possibly a life.
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Ten tips for how to go through a Breast Biopsy with the least amount of pain and stress
Should your mammogram reveal the possibility of breast cancer, the doctor will conduct a biopsy. The breast biopsy takes thirty to forty-five minutes. Here are some steps you can take to survive the Breast Biopsy with the least amount of pain and stress.
Step 1: Wear a two-piece outfit so that you only have to remove your shirt and bra.
Step 2: You will lie face down on a table that has a hole in the middle. The table is raised up several inches so that the doctor and nurse can comfortably sit beneath the table. Your breast will be inserted into this hole. They compress the breast in a vice to hold it still. The vice is a little uncomfortable; however, it is not excruciating like the mammogram.
The doctor or nurse will give the breast a shot or two of Novocain to numb the breast. That is the most painful part of the breast biopsy. Their goal is to take pictures of the lump and to extract some tissue from the breast lump to be diagnosed. The results of the biopsy will either reveal that it is benign or which strain of cancer you have should it be malignant. It takes about 24 to 72 hours to receive the diagnosis.
Step 3: Be prepared to feel pulling and probing sensations; however, it should NOT be painful. If it is, let your doctor know so that he or she can administer more Novocain.
Step 4: During the biopsy, take deep, calming breaths throughout. Breathe deeply and calmly such as you would if you were getting close to falling to sleep. Let yourself simply drift.
Step 5: Try to stay relaxed and limp. Breathe into the pain. You might even want to imagine that white healing light is filling your breast. If you tense up in the area of your breast, it will only be more painful. If you can strive to relax into the pain, it will result in you being practically pain-free.
Step 6: Do not count the minutes or worry about how much time has elapsed or how much time is left to go. That will simply cause you to feel more stressed. Simply rely on the fact that the biopsy is only going to last as long as it needs to so they can extract the target tissue to be examined by a pathologist. The doctor and nurse are busy people. They have no intention of prolonging it. Once they get what they need so you can get a definitive diagnosis, the biopsy will come to an end.
Step 7: Focus on things you find pleasurable. Perhaps think about a movie you are really looking forward to seeing when it comes out. Think about a movie or television show you recently watched that was very compelling. Think about a book you have read. Pray. Think about scenes in nature that are really beautiful. Do your best to focus on anything that you find pleasurable.
Step 8: After the biopsy is over, the nurse will take two or three final pictures of your breast using the mammogram machine. It is not nearly as painful as before since she knows exactly where the lump is located; therefore, she does not have to squeeze the breast so tightly.
Step 9: If you have cancer, the doctor will give you a choice of an oncologist surgeon and an attending physician who will walk you through your entire breast cancer journey.
Step 10: The nurse will place an adhesive pad on the location of the incision to catch any bleeding. It is much more normal NOT to have a large amount of blood.
The nurse will also give you a small ice pack that you wear inside your bra. You wear it for thirty to forty minutes. Then you place it in the freezer for twenty minutes to refreeze. Then wear it again for thirty to forty minutes. Alternate this process until bedtime. The more time you apply pressure with the ice pack, the better the chance to control any bleeding, to lower swelling of your breast, and to alleviate any feelings of pain or discomfort.
Final Words: You might want to focus on the mantra of “I look good. I feel good. I am healthy and whole.” If your doctor has already said what you have is most definitely malignant cancer, then add this sentence to your mantra, “I am a breast cancer survivor.” After all, medicine has improved. There are thousands of breast cancer survivors out there. There is every reason that you can successfully join their ranks.
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