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Breast Biopsy and Diagnosis

Breast biopsy is a critical part of diagnosis for many breast conditions, including breast cancer. Learn the different types of breast biopsy.

Axillary Lymph Node Dissection - Types of Surgery and Effect on Treatment Plans
Axillary lymph node dissection is done to determine your risk of metastatic breast cancer. Your lymph node status affects the staging of your cancer and your treatment options. Learn more about lymph nodes and breast cancer here.

Lymph Node Status and Your Treatment Decisions
Lymph node status is a critical part of your diagnosis and has a major impact on your treatment options. You need to know if your cancer has spread, and how to choose the best treatment plan.

MUGA Scans and Anthracyclines
Multiple uptake gated acquisition scans, or MUGA scans, may by ordered if you are going to have anthracycline chemotherapy. Learn more about MUGA Scans and anthracyclines here.

Breast Biopsy Overview
Do you need a biopsy or an aspiration? Which kind of biopsy is used for the most accurate results? Read about four main types of breast biopsy procedures.

Wire Localization Procedure - Breast Biopsy or Lumpectomy
Wire localization is a technique that is used to mark the location of a breast abnormality that is quite small, or that can't be easily found by touch. Wire localization is done before a breast biopsy or lumpectomy. Learn more about wire localization.

Fine Needle Aspiration of a Breast Cyst
If you need a fine needle aspiration, it can give you clear information about the nature of the lump. The lump may be a cyst and the fluid can be drained. Learn more about a fine needle aspiration biopsy.

Core Needle Biopsy For Your Breast
A core needle biopsy is used when you need to have more information about a breast lump than a mammogram, ultrasound, or fine needle aspiration can give. A core needle, or hollow core needle, can be used to get small tissue samples from a breast lump. Learn more about the core needle biopsy procedure.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy for Breast Abnormalities
A stereotactic biopsy is used take samples from a lump that cannot be felt during a breast exam, but can be seen on a mammogram or an ultrasound. Stereo mammograms are taken and sent to a computer, which guides the biopsy needle. This is a very accurate procedure. Learn more about stereotactic breast biopsy.

Open Surgical Breast Biopsy
Surgical breast biopsy takes the largest tissue sample and has the highest accuracy rate of all breast biopsy methods. It will leave an external and internal scar but will give you a clear diagnosis of whether your diagnosis is benign or malignant. Learn more about open surgical breast biopsy.

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