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What You Need To Know About Breast Biopsy

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What do you need to know about breast biopsy?

  1. A Procedure for Evaluating Suspicious Lumps
  2. It Is a Minimally Invasive Procedure
  3. Post Breast Biopsy Procedure
  4. The Results Can Either Be Benign or Cancerous

If you’ve felt a suspicious lump on your breast, the main concern at hand is whether a portion of your breast is cancerous. After finishing a mammogram, the doctor may prescribe a follow-up procedure called a breast biopsy.

Simply put, a breast biopsy is conducted in order to determine the presence of cancerous cells. It is important to remember that not all breast lumps are cancerous. There are a variety of conditions that can cause lumps in the breast. For this reason, getting a breast biopsy at a Las Pinas Medical Center is the best choice to ease your worries.

Continue reading on to learn more to alleviate your concerns about breast biopsy.

A Procedure For Evaluating Suspicious Lumps

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As stated before, a breast biopsy is a procedure for evaluating suspicious lumps or mass. The tissue sample is removed for laboratory testing. Your doctor will typically order a biopsy if they are concerned about the results of a breast ultrasound or mammogram.

In addition, a breast biopsy may be ordered if they observed changes in the nipple area such as crusting, dimpling skin, scaling, and abnormal discharge.

When you first hear about a biopsy, it can be daunting, especially because it involves penetrating a needle through the skin to obtain tissue samples. But it is considered a relatively-pain free procedure. Despite the potential requirement of imaging tests like mammograms, MRI, and ultrasounds beforehand, it is only through a breast biopsy where cancerous cells are identified.

It Is A Minimally Invasive Procedure

A breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure and does not require patients for an overnight stay at the hospital. Before your breast biopsy, you will be asked about your medical history. Local anesthesia will be administered to numb the lump area. However, you will be awake throughout the procedure.

A small incision will be made and a hollow needle will be used to remove the tissue samples from the breast mass, which is often accompanied by an ultrasound. A few samples that are the size of a rice grain will be collected and analyzed in the laboratory.

There are some cases where the location of the lump is not visible enough. For this reason, other imaging procedures may be used to properly guide the needle. Depending on the identification of the lump, the entire procedure can last as fast as under one hour.

Post Breast Biopsy Procedure

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A breast biopsy is an outpatient procedure and the results may take a few days to be properly analyzed. You should avoid any strenuous activity for at least 24 hours after the biopsy. Your doctor will outline more detailed post-procedure care to avoid infections.

While breast biopsy is a minimally invasive surgery, all medical procedures carry some risk. The following are its potential complications:

  • Redness, bruising and mild pain in the biopsy area
  • Discharge or bleeding from the biopsy area
  • Fever

If you experience these post-surgical complications, then contact your doctor immediately.

The Results Can Either Be Benign or Cancerous

A pathologist will examine the tissue sample and determine the final diagnosis. Depending on the medical facility, the radiologist or your doctor will share the results with you. In some instances, even if cancerous cells are not diagnosed, further tests may be recommended if the pathology does not match the imaging findings.

If the sample is cancerous, the breast biopsy may detect the following:

  • Ductal carcinoma – cancer of the breast ducts
  • Inflammatory breast cancer – cancer that blocks the lymphatic vessels in the skin covering the breast, causing a red and swollen appearance
  • Lobular carcinoma – cancer that begins with the lobules (a gland in the breast that produces milk)
  • Paget’s disease – rare cancer that causes eczema-like changes to the skin of the nipple and the areola
  • Metastatic breast cancer – a stage 4 breast cancer that has spread to other parts of the body

However, several benign or non-cancerous conditions can also cause lumps in the breast. They include:

  • Adenofibroma – a benign tumor of the breast tissue
  • Fibrocystic breast disease – painful lumps in the breasts caused by hormone changes
  • Intraductal papilloma – a benign tumor of the milk ducts
    Mammary fat necrosis – a lump formed by bruised, dead, or injured fat tissue

Key Takeaway

If you feel a suspicious lump in your breast area, it would be best to inform your doctor to alleviate your worries. A breast biopsy can determine if it is cancerous or not.

Avail of the Breast Biopsy Package from the Perpetual Help Medical Center – Las Piñas (PHMC) for a quick and stress-free experience. The procedure is done through the Mammotome Core Needle Breast Biopsy, which combines the speed of a core needle with the precision of a vacuum-assisted device to obtain sample tissues from the breast.

This is a procedure that is done in under an hour. The results of this advanced procedure will provide your doctor with a highly accurate diagnosis. Experience a quick, effective, and relatively pain-free breast biopsy with PHMC.

PHMC also offers Mammotome Biopsy (Breast Mass Excision), Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy, Needle Localization – Mammography and Ultrasound Guided), and Core Biopsy.

Visit us today at Alabang-Zapote Rd., Pamplona III Las Pinas City, Philippines 1740 or contact us as (+632) 8874-ALTA | (+632) 8874-8515 for more information!

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