What To Expect For Breast Biopsy: Preparation and Procedure

A breast biopsy is a minimally invasive procedure used to obtain a tissue sample from a suspected lump, identifying whether the identifies if the abnormal growth is cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign).

We understand that undergoing this medical procedure can be a scary experience. Here’s what to expect for breast biopsy to empower yourself throughout this journey.

Who Should Undergo Breast Biopsy?

A breast biopsy is recommended for women over the age of 25 with a suspicious breast lump.

Before recommending this procedure, our breast surgeon considers the following factors.

Findings on mammogram, ultrasound, or MRI.

Presence of signs and symptoms of breast cancer, such as nipple discharge or skin changes.

Possible area of infection.

Women who have had a previous biopsy may also benefit from a repeat biopsy to determine the nature of the breast lumps.

What Does Breast Biopsy Show

After the breast sample extraction, a pathologist will study the tissue under the microscope to determine whether cancer cells are present. The breast biopsy results determine if the breast tissue is cancerous and at what stage. It may also show if the sample tissue is positive for atypical cells (abnormal but not cancerous) and pre-cancer cells. Fortunately, 80% of breast lumps are benign, which may not require medical intervention.

Our dedicated breast specialist, Dr Andrew Lee, recognises the fear women may go through during this procedure. As a result, he ensures each breast consultation is safe and private, allowing women a secure space to process their emotions.

How Is Breast Biopsy Done

Common questions from women are how to do a biopsy on a breast or how to do a breast biopsy. These are valid questions that may help ease their worries before the procedure.

Here’s the step-by-step guide to understand what to expect for a breast biopsy.

1. Initial Comprehensive Consultation

Our breast surgeon, Dr Andrew Lee, reviews your medical history, conducts a physical examination, and uses imaging tests (such as mammography or ultrasound) to identify the suspicious area. He will discuss the need for a breast biopsy to determine the proper treatment course.

2. Preparing for the Biopsy

On the day of the biopsy, you may be asked to wear a gown and lie on an examination table. The suspected area of the breast is cleaned and marked.

3. Local Anaesthesia

To minimise discomfort during the procedure, Dr Andrew Lee will administer a local anaesthetic to numb the breast tissue.

4. Biopsy Device Placement and Tissue Sample Collection

Depending on the type of biopsy, a special biopsy device (such as a core needle or vacuum-assisted device) will be utilised. Dr Andrew Lee will discuss beforehand which device is necessary. With the help of imaging technology, he will guide the device to collect a tissue sample. Multiple samples may be taken to ensure a thorough examination.

5. Post-Biopsy Imaging

In some cases, imaging (such as mammography or ultrasound) may be performed after the biopsy to confirm that an adequate sample has been obtained.

6. Recovery

After the procedure, you will be monitored for a brief period. You may experience mild discomfort or bruising, and Dr Andrew Lee will provide instructions for post-biopsy care.

7. Pathology Examination

The collected tissue samples are sent to a pathology laboratory for examination. A pathologist will analyse the samples under a microscope to determine whether the cells are cancerous or benign.

When to Expect Results From A Breast Biopsy

The breast biopsy result may take 2-3 days or longer due to the case’s complexity. Some cases may require further testing to reach a conclusive outcome. During this time, it is essential to recognise that it’s normal to feel anxious. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to our breast specialist.

Consider the following tips while waiting for your biopsy results.

Lean on your support system. - Talk to trusted family and friends about your fears. This may alleviate some of your worries.

Engage in activities you enjoy - Continue to carry on with activities you love participating in or take up new hobbies to keep busy.

Try avoiding reading about breast cancer - Some information you find online may not be relevant to your situation and may increase your anxiety.

Navigating Breast Health Journey: A Safe and Private Breast Biopsy at Andrew Lee Breast Clinic

A breast biopsy recommendation from our breast specialist is a step towards accurate diagnosis and the most appropriate treatment plan. At the Andrew Lee Breast Clinic, we encourage women to approach this time with compassion and empathy for themselves, allowing them to face uncertainties with a hopeful outlook.

Your breast health journey matters.

If you have more questions about breast biopsy, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Our experienced senior consultant breast surgeon, Dr Andrew Lee, will guide you towards breast wellness today.


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