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A 30-year-old female asked about a 77-year-old female:

How long does breast cancer biopsy normally takes for a result to be out.

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Dr. Norman Solberg
56 years experience
It depends: If the doctor processes the biopsy quickly, the answer can be ready the next day. During surgery, something called a frozen section can be done, and the result known during the surgery. However, the patient may not be informed of the results for up to a week or longer. Sometimes this is due to processing, time to send the biopsy to the lab, time for a report to come, back, etc. Ask your docto.
Dr. Haider Goussous
Addiction Medicine 64 years experience
Can be immediately: Most doctors order frozen section, which gives the answer in almost 95% of the time, but there are surgeons and pathologists who donot like frozen section, in that case it might be 24 -48 hours.

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