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Breast Biopsy

Something suspicious appeared in your mammogram. Now what? Needing a breast biopsy can be alarming, even though 80 percent of breast biopsies show no cancer.  Learn about the different types of biopsy procedures. Start with Expert Patient PJ Hamel's advice on what to expect -- and how to talk to your doctor.

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  • PJ Hamel
    Breast Biopsy FAQs  
    A definitive diagnosis of breast cancer can be made only by a biopsy. Expert Patient PJ Hamel explains what to expect with breast biopsy procedures.

Watch Breast Biopsy Videos

  • MRI-Guided Biopsy
    MRI-Guided Breast Biopsy
    Learn about a new way to take a breast biopsy. It is less invasive than a surgical breast biopsy, leaves a small (or no) scar, and can be performed in less than an hour with local anesthetic.
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    Less Invasive Breast Biopsy Yields "Intact" Tissue Sample
    Dr. Carrie Morrison, a breast radiologist, discusses a breast biopsy device that is less invasive and provides a better "intact" specimen than traditional biopsy methods.

View Breast Biopsy Illustrations

  • Sentinel Node Biopsy
    Sentinel Node Biopsy
    Sentinel node biopsy helps determine if a cancer has spread (metastasized), or is contained locally. Learn more.
  • Lumpectomy
    Open Biopsy of the Breast (Lumpectomy)
    An open biopsy is a surgical procedure in which all or part of a lump is removed and tested for malignancy. Learn more.
  • Needle Biopsy
    Needle Biopsy
    A needle biopsy is performed with a small gauge needle to attempt to draw fluid from lumps that are thought to be cysts. Learn more.

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