So, when I had a breast lump, which ended up being benign, I was given the option of biopsy and then lumpectomy if it was necessary. Or just lumpectomy and they'd send the whole lump to pathology. So your question would be my question also.
Except then you said the mass is on your esophagus. And that's a lot trickier of a surgery than carving out a breast lump. Cancer grows quickly and it's important to remove enough to get clean margins. And I'm sorry to say, a benign mass isn't necessarily easier... it may have grown more slowly and gotten all up and into important nerves and blood vessels, like tree roots. So either way, the surgeons need to know what to expect and plan ahead.
Good luck to you!!
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