Is It a Simple Breast Cyst or a Tumor?

July 13, 2021
The Tyanna O'Brien Center for Women's Imaging at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Is your breast pain a result of a cyst or a tumor?

Many women cannot differentiate whether the lump is something worrisome or not. It's important to seek the opinion of your doctor who can refer you to imaging.

According to Falguni Patel, D.O., a board certified radiologist with The Tyanna O’Brien Center for Women’s Imaging at Mercy, if it's a cyst, which is filled with a watery fluid, they leave it alone. It's not cancer and it will go away on its own.

"If it's a solid tumor, we biopsy it to determine if it's cancer or non-cancerous. If it's non-cancerous or benign, we leave it alone because they don't spread to other parts of the body. But if they get big, they will offer an excision, which is removal by a surgeon," Dr. Patel said.

If it is a cancerous growth, the patient would be referred to a surgeon who, along with other specialists, would decide what kind of treatment is required.

To view Mercy radiologist Dr. Falguni Patel’s interview regarding the differences between simple breast cysts and cancerous tumors, click here.


Dan Collins - Senior Director of Media Relations at Mercy Medical Center

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Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FacebookTwitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.

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