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How to Prepare for a Breast Biopsy Appointment

Part of Breast Cancer For Dummies Cheat Sheet

If your doctor suspects you may have breast cancer or wants to confirm that you don’t, you’ll probably be scheduled for a biopsy, a procedure in which some breast tissue is extracted and analyzed for cancerous cells.

Keep these helpful hints in mind as you go in for your biopsy appointment:

  • Not all biopsies are the same; some can be done with a needle in the doctor’s office while others require a small surgery. Ask your doctor’s office which kind you’ll be having.

  • If you are having the surgical kind, have a friend bring you in and drive you home again.

  • Don’t panic. Remember, being sent for a biopsy does not mean that you have cancer. It’s just a more accurate way of checking any suspicious cells to see whether they are malignant (cancerous) or benign (not cancerous). Three-quarters of biopsies done as a result of your doctor feeling a lump in your breast turn out to be not cancerous.