Surgical biopsy or Blood test?

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Has anyone had the Videssa blood test done to test for cancer? I have some "indeterminate" calcification clusters and no other symptoms. I have so little breast tissue I can't get a needle biopsy. Surgical biopsy is recommended but that's 1/4 my tissue from each breast (no exaggeration, really). I'm resistant to the surgery but fearing the worst... otherwise I'm healthy and don't have family history of b.c. but I know that doesn't mean much when it comes to cancer. Need help guessing if I'll feel OK with a "not likely" blood result. (If it is cancer than my path is pretty much set.) 

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    I am so so sorry you are going Thur this but to make you feel better I had a needle biopsy done and it didn't show anything and the next day I had a surgical biopsy done and it was very little side effects you aren't sleep very long at all for it. You will do fine and that is what best. Unfortunately I did have Ductal Breast Cancer. And thank God I am cancer free and you can't even hardly tell where I was cut on my breast. I am sending prayers and good vibes to you. If I can be any other help please email me at

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    Dear Mimi,

    The Videssa Blood test has a sensitivity of 92.5 % and of specificity of 85%. What this means is the Videssa is not 100% accurate with false positives and negatives.

    I had a wedge of calcium clusters for several years. Finally, a spiculated mass, breast cancer, showed on 3D digital mammography. The left breast in the area of the mass was always itchy.

    I also had skin cancer, which was itchy for years!

    I had a partial mastectomy, radiation, chemotherapy.

    The Videssa was not available, nor would I rely on it solely for a decision. Only a biopsy is accurate.

    I am a nurse practitioner, BTW.

    I would think more about saving your life than your breast tissue. The Videssa will not give you a definitive answer.

    It takes 7-10 years before a breast cancer is large enough to be imaged by mammogram and discovered.

    Have you had an MRI of your breasts with contrast? It is more accurate in finding masses than a mammogram or ultrasound.

    I would ask for an MRI with contrast, then surgical biopsy, if it were me.

    I am skewed, of course, as I have breast cancer.

    Best Wishes

    Merry Juliana

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      Mimi,

      Your welcome.

      Please tell me what happens with you. I find the breast cancer support group not as involved or responsive as the shingles support group. I know it is two vastly different diseases, but I know also how devastating the diagnosis, surgical options, breast cancer treatments can be. I also know how wonderful the support from other women are.

      Best Wishes,

      Merry Juliana

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