If a dr. detects abnormalities in the breast, and recommends a biopsy, should this be done the next day? Is there a problem in waiting for an appointment, scheduled a month away? Also, what kinds of biopsies are there, and what are the differences, which is more reliable?
Dear Librarian: In most cases, a biopsy would NOT be done the next day. It would be arranged according to a physcian's surgical schedule, usually within a couple of weeks. In most cases, waiting a month will be okay. There are several types of biopsies. A needle biopsy can be done if the lump can be felt. A stereotactic biopsy can be done to take samples of an area of abnormality that appears on a mammogram. An excisional biopsy takes the entire lump or area of concern. Different methods are better for different situations. The most thorough is to remove the entire lump.
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