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Breast Biopsy

Breast Biopsy

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If you are facing the prospect of breast cancer, we at The Longstreet Clinic, P.C., realize how important certainty is in dealing with the anxiety involved. Determining whether or not an abnormal lump is cancerous or benign is critical in determining the next step in treatment if cancerous, and establishing peace of mind if it is not.

A breast biopsy often is the best method for establishing that degree of certainty, and our highly experienced surgeons and physicians are here to provide you with the highest level of treatment possible.

A breast biopsy is a procedure in which part or all of a suspicious breast growth is removed and examined for any evidence of cancer. The procedure is performed in an outpatient facility with a minimal recovery time. Depending on the type and size of the growth, there are four different types of biopsies available:
  1. Needle Biopsy: a needle is inserted into the breast to extract a cellular sample of the breast tissue in order to determine if the growth is malignant or benign.
  2. Stereotactic Biopsy: this procedure combines a needle biopsy with that of specialized imaging technology that allows for pinpointing the location of a lump that cannot be felt but is still visible on an MRI. This technique may not be appropriate for all types of lumps.
  3. Vacuum-assisted Core Biopsy: a small probe is inserted into the breast and a gentle vacuum is used to remove a tissue sample. This procedure can remove a larger sample than the standard needle biopsy.
  4. Open Biopsy: also known as a surgical biopsy, this procedure involves making an incision in the breast and either removing a sample or the lump in its entirety.
Core needle biopsies and stereotactic biopsies are done as office procedures in The Breast Center at The Longstreet Clinic. After an open biopsy, no hospital stay is necessary provided there are no additional complications.

Typically, you can expect the results from the biopsy between 72 hours and one week after the procedure. We understand that the waiting period often is the most difficult time, and we strive to have the results processed as quickly as possible while maintaining the level of quality we believe our patients deserve. After the results are available, your physician will schedule a follow-up appointment to determine if any additional steps need to be taken in relation to the findings. 

The providers at the Center for Women’s Health understand that caring for a woman’s health requires more than just good “medical” care. Call (770) 297-2200 or contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced physicians to help you with your health needs.
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