Your treatment choices will depend on the type of lump you have. Your Mayo Clinic doctor will explain your options and take your preferences into account as you work together to develop a treatment plan for your condition.
- Fibrocystic breasts. When diagnostic tests show that your lumps are fibrocystic changes to breast tissue, your doctor may recommend using over-the-counter pain remedies or may prescribe hormone therapy, such as birth control pills.
- Cysts. Watchful waiting may be your doctor's first recommendation when you have cysts. That's because some cysts disappear without any treatment. If the cyst is painful, your doctor will recommend an aspiration that helps to drain the cyst and can relieve the pain. Some recurring and painful cysts eventually require surgical removal.
- Fibroadenomas. Your fibroadenoma might disappear without treatment after a few months. If it grows, your doctor will recommend a biopsy to further assess the lump. Depending on the pathology lab findings, the doctor may recommend surgical removal.
- Infections. Most infections respond to antibiotic treatment, but some require surgery.
- Breast cancer. Your treatment for breast cancer depends which type it is and its stage of development. Your doctor may recommend surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation therapy.
If you're at high risk of developing breast cancer, your doctor will tell you about Mayo Clinic's prevention and genetic counseling services.
Nov. 20, 2012