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Breast biopsy at The Royal Marsden

Biopsies take a small sample of tissue from the breast for analysis. There are a number of methods depending on the growth:

  • Fine needle biopsies are used on fluid filled lumps to drain the abscess.
  • Core-Needle biopsies are a local anaesthetic procedure to take a sample of the breast tissue using a hollow needle.
  • Surgical Biopsies are also local anaesthetic procedures, performed by a surgeon, and remove the lump through a series of small incisions.

After a biopsy, the sample can be analysed for cancerous cells.


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