If a patient or their doctor notices a suspicious area or lump in the breast, this should be evaluated promptly. Evaluation includes a history and physical exam, and appropriate breast imaging (mammography and/or ultrasound). When the breast imaging shows a suspicious finding, a minimally invasive breast biopsy is performed to determine if breast cancer is present. In this procedure, a small sample of breast tissue is taken from the breast to be examined under a microscope to check for cancer cells. Needle breast biopsies are performed either by the surgeon in the office or by the radiologist (aided by ultrasound or mammography). If a needle biopsy doesnŐt provide enough information or is technically not feasible, the patient may need a surgical biopsy. This is usually done under local anesthesia and sedation in a surgery center or hospital. In this procedure, the surgeon makes a small incision in the breast and removes the entire lump or abnormality. The open biopsy takes about an hour or less, and the patient can usually return to normal activities in a day. It typically takes three to five business days to get the pathology results back from the lab.
A breast biopsy can catch early cancers and be the first step toward treatment and even cure. To learn more about this and other breast matters make an appointment with one of our specialists--contact TOA Surgical Specialists today.
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