FAQs On Mastectomy

How a biopsy of the breast lump is done?

Biopsy of the breast lump is done with the help of a core needle. This needle is usually 14G or 16G in size. This needle is mounted on a spring loaded gun which drives the needle into breast lump and pulls it back.

How a biopsy of the stomach tumor done?

Biopsy for suspected stomach cancer is done with the help of endoscopy.

Is undergoing a biopsy painful?

Biopsy is done under a local anesthesia. Hence it is not a painful procedure.

Do I need to get admitted for a biopsy?

No. Biopsy is an office procedure and does not require admission. However, you are required to stay back in the hospital for a few hours after the procedure. This is to monitor you and make sure everything is fine before sending you home.

When biopsy is not required?

When tumor is arising in the following organs, and appears to be operable, a biopsy is not recommended in usual circumstances. Liver Biliary tract Pancreas Kidney Early stage ovarian cancer Small retroperitoneal and mediastinal tumors Small soft tissue tumors in the limbs or in the trunk.

Is biopsy always necessary?

Based on patients’ age, symptoms, clinical findings supported by CT/MRI/PET scans an oncologist can diagnose the presence of cancer with reasonable certainty.

However, the gold standard for diagnosing a cancer is considered to be a biopsy. Hence ,to start a cancer directed treatment a diagnosis based on biopsy is required.

Why biopsy is required?

Biopsy gives us the tissue bits from concerned organ/body area. These can be studied under a microscope by a pathologist to confirm or rule out presence of cancer.

What is biopsy?

Biopsy is an invasive procedure where a few bits of tissue are removed from an organ with the help of a biopsy needle.

What is breast screening?

Breast screening aims to find breast cancer early by using an X-ray test called a mammogram that can spot cancers when they are too small to see or feel.

Do I need to take hormonal therapy?

Addition of hormonal therapy depends on tumour biology which varies from patient to patient.

All patients of breast cancer who have ER/PR receptors positive in final histopathology report are put on some form of hormonal therapy for 5 to 10 years.