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Welcome to Justanswer! I am Dr. Altman and happy to assist you both today!I am so sorry to hear Cricket has this lump. I definitely would push to have this lump aspirated or poked with a needle first and foremost. This can help determine if the lump is benign or malignant and may help you avoid surgery. If, for example, the lump simply contains fat cells then it is benign and doesn't require removal but if it does contain abnormal cells then it should be removed to 1.) Determine whether it is cancerous and what line (some simply need resection to be resolved), 2.) If there are clean margins and the risk for relapse is lowBut I would absolutely push to have it aspirated first and foremost before surgery and if necessary a biopsy would be the next step.Please let me know how else I can assist you both tonight!
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