Biopsy for Male Breast Cancer
When physical examination and imaging tests, including mammogram and ultrasound show concerning changes in the breast, a biopsy is done. A sample of tissue is taken from the breast during the biopsy. The tissue is then examined by a pathologist who is a trained doctor for diagnosing the disease. He then determines whether the cells are cancerous or not.
Various methods of biopsy are present including
Fine Needle Aspiration
A tiny needle is inserted into the suspicious breast area by the doctor during the procedure. The lump is aspirated to withdraw cells or fluids, and the extracted material is placed on a slide so that it can be examined via a microscope by the pathologist. This biopsy does not take up a lot of time, and you feel discomfort for merely a few seconds.
Core Needle Biopsy
This method is opted for if a larger tissue sample is needed by the pathologist, which cannot be extracted via fine-needle aspiration. Another reason for using this method could be that a definitive diagnosis could not be reached with the tissue obtained via fine-needle aspiration. A local anesthetic is needed for this biopsy. A large hollow needle is inserted into the breast, and a one-inch long thin cylinder of tissue is removed and forwarded to the pathologist for further examination and analysis.
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