Your doctor may order a biopsy if you have certain symptoms that are causing concern, or you have a lesion, tumor, mass, or other abnormality that could be cancerous or may indicate some other type of disorder. Be aware, however, that just because something abnormal has been detected, does not mean that there is disease present. Most abnormalities, in fact, are benign non-cancerous.
A biopsy is a diagnostic procedure in which a small piece of your breast tissue is removed and examined under a microscope. At Penn Medicine, our team of surgeons perform several different types of biopsies to determine if you have breast cancer and, if you do, how advanced it is. If you have a lump or abnormality in your breast, or if you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, you may be told you need to have any of the following biopsies:.
Richard J. Bleicher, MD, FACS, Leader, Breast Cancer Program, tries to foster a positive environment in which to start his patients' course of treatment and takes the time to explain the pros and cons of each treatment option, so that they can make an informed decision. At Fox Chase, our comprehensive approach to breast surgery ranges from breast-sparing treatment to mastectomy and breast reconstruction techniques.
When a breast biopsy is recommended for an abnormal mammogram finding, patients may be able to choose a minimally invasive alternative to surgery known as image-guided needle biopsy. This procedure involves taking sample tissue from the suspicious area to determine whether a breast lump is cancerous. This is a minimally invasive technique that does not require surgery. A specially trained radiologist or surgeon performs this type of biopsy.
Core needle biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove samples of tissue from the breast. It may also rule out breast cancer. A pathologist studies the tissue samples under a microscope to see if they contain cancer.
A breast biopsy is usually done after a suspicious lesion is discovered on either Mammography or Ultrasound in order to get tissue for pathological diagnosis. There are many reasons why your doctor may order a breast biopsy. Fine needle aspiration FNA is a percutaneous "through the skin" procedure that uses a fine needle and a syringe to sample fluid from a breast cyst or remove clusters of cells from a solid mass.
But knowing more about biopsies, how they work, and why they are ordered may help ease your concerns just a little bit. Richard Bleicher, a breast cancer surgical oncologist at Fox Chase answered some of the questions that may be on your mind. A: A biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample or lump of suspicious tissue is removed and taken for testing in a lab.
A surgical breast biopsy requires an incision in the skin. This allows your doctor to take a large sample of tissue from the breast. In fact, the whole lump is often removed.
A core needle biopsy uses a long, hollow tube to extract a sample of tissue. Here, a biopsy of a suspicious breast lump is being done. The sample is sent to a laboratory for testing.