Determining whether or not an abnormal breast 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.
About Breast Biopsies
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: needle, stereotactic, vacuum-assisted core and open. Core needle and stereotactic biopsies can be performed in our offices.
Core 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.
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.
During the procedure, your physician will use local anesthesia on the biopsy site and will take two-dimensional digital images of your breast from two different angles. After the imaging is complete, the various images are then put together to create an accurate three-dimensional picture of the abnormal area.
Your surgeon will then guide a small needle to the appropriate site within the breast and extract a tissue sample for analysis. When the procedure is complete, your physician will send the sample to a pathologist to determine whether or not the abnormality is cancerous or benign.
Typically you can expect the results from biopsies 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.