to these questions will help you understand the procedures involved.
type of biopsy will I have? Why? Will the entire lump be removed
or just part of it?
the lump be aspirated with a needle (the fluid drained or a small
number of cells removed)?
reliable is a needle biopsy?
long will the biopsy or aspiration take?
I be awake during the biopsy or aspiration and can it be done
on an outpatient basis?
scar tissue from the biopsy hinder future mammograms?
Answers to these questions below will help you prepare for the
results of the biopsy.
I do have cancer, what other test(s) should I have?
estrogen or progesterone receptor tests be done on the biopsied
tissue you remove? What will these tests tell you? Will other
special tests be done on the tissue?
visible will the biopsy scar be?
there any aftereffects of a biopsy? If so, what are they?
the biopsy, how soon will I know if I have cancer or not?
a biopsy, if cancer is found, how much time can I take to decide
what type of treatment to have?
is a second opinion necessary? Where should I go? What type of
doctor should I see?
do I need to take to a second opinion? Original pathology slides/blocks?