Breast biopsy for breast cancer
Breast biopsy is the procedure of examination of skin tissue removed from a lump or bump in the breast. The purpose of breast biopsy is to find the presence of cancerous cells in the breast. The breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the whole world.
Detection of breast cancer
The breast cancer starts as a breast lump that is usually detected by general physician during routine physical examination. These can also be detected during the self-examination of the breast.
It is important to get the routine physical examination of your body by your family physician. The early detection of cancerous cells saves thousands of lives every year.
Breast cancer Symptoms
Usually no signs and symptoms of breast cancer, except breast pain, are seen at the early stages of the disease. However, if you feel that there is something wrong with your breast, you must immediately visit your doctor. The most common signs and symptoms of breast cancer include:
- Breast tenderness – breast pain
- Nipple discharge
- Bloody discharge from the nipple
- Unexpected weight loss
Breast surgery procedure
There are two types of the breast surgery procedures. Selection of the procedure performed depends on the location, size, and some other characteristics of the lump.
If the breast lump appears on the mammogram, but the surgeon cannot feel the lump, the surgeon will send you to a radiologist for having a stereotactic biopsy. If the biopsy returns troublesome results, the surgeon will perform needle localization procedure. It is the procedure in which the radiologist inserts a thin wire into the breast. This thin wire is inserted in to the lump using the images from the stereotactic biopsy. In this way, the surgeon is able to remove the breast lump easily. The whole procedure is performed in the operation theater under general anesthesia.
If the breast lump appears on the mammogram and the surgeon can feel the lump, he will surgically remove the entire lump. After the lump is removed, it is sent to the lab for analysis. This analysis tells you if the lump was malignant. This procedure is also performed under general anesthesia.
Post-op measures – After the surgery
After the removal of the lump, you will be kept under the observation of the doctor and your vital signs will be monitored time to time.
The surgeon would like to see you 1-2 weeks after the surgery for the follow up.
Additional Info: Breast cancer is one of the main causes of death in females all over the world. Awareness of the breast cancer symptoms and early detection of breast cancer can save your life