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A breast biopsy removes a small tissue sample from the breast to help diagnose or rule out breast conditions, including breast cancer. Your doctor at Dignity Health may recommend a breast biopsy if there is a lump in your breast or if you had an abnormal screening mammogram.
Dignity Health offers a full spectrum of care for women’s services, including many advanced diagnostic options with breast biopsy in Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Find a Doctor nearby to learn more.
Using state-of-the-art technologies, our experienced doctors may use a number of imaging tests like X-rays, ultrasound, or MRI during a breast biopsy to locate the precise area to sample.
There are many types of breast biopsy:
After a breast biopsy, your doctor will send the tissue sample to a pathologist who will look at the tissue and make a diagnosis. If cancer is detected, the biopsy results will guide your treatment.
It’s important to take your time and learn about the different types of breast biopsy so you can reduce any anxiety and make the best choice. Before your biopsy, your doctor will explain the affected area on your breast, the results of your breast imaging exams, the type of biopsy you need, and how and when you can get the results. Be sure to ask any questions you have before the exam. We want you to be feel as comfortable as possible.
Your recovery time depends on the type of breast biopsy you have. For less invasive biopsies, you will likely be back to your normal activities within a day. Surgical biopsies (incisional and excisional) have a longer recovery time. For most breast biopsies, over-the-counter pain medicine and ice packs can help ease pain and reduce swelling.
The results of your breast biopsy will guide your doctor when creating your care plan. If the results are benign (not cancer), no further treatment may be necessary. In other cases, your doctor may recommend additional surgeries or treatments. Rely on our professionals to provide personal care every step of the way.