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what can you tell me about biopsies?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Part of life: Everybody gets tissue sent to the pathologist from time to time for diagnosis. Cancer is essentially never diagnosed without a biopsy, and any lesion suspected of being cancer will be biopsied. Any skin lesion that can't be identified at once will get biopsied, any serious blood problem gets a marrow biopsy, and one woman in 2 will get a breast biopsy during her lifetime. What else can we tell you

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What is sentinal node biopsy?

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Dr. Reza Shirazi
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1st Lymph Node: First lymph node or group of nodes most likely to harbor cancer cells from a primary tumor.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

How will the biopsy affect my treatment plan?

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Dr. Hamid Hai
Cardiology 55 years experience
Biopsy outcome: Biopsy means to take a tiny part of the affected organ and examine it under the microscope and in other ways for diagnostic purposes. Biopsy findings may diagnose cancer or rule it out. Biopsy is also done in other situations, e.g. Liver biopsy to diagnose a liver condition or its severity. Thus biopsy plays an important part in the diagnosis and prognosis of a patient's condition.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Why do I need a biopsy?

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Dr. Barry Rosen
General Surgery 34 years experience
Tissue Diagnosis: I presume that you had a radiologic study and/or examination that showed an abnormality for which a doctor recommended a biopsy. While the above studies may be helpful, they are usually not 100% diagnostic. A biopsy provides tissue to evaluate under the microscope for definitive diagnosis.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to tell from a biopsy if tumours are benign or not?

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Dr. Douglas Miller
Pathology 41 years experience
Almost always: This is what surgocal pathologists are trained for and skilled at: the correct interpretation of biopsies (and excision specimens), to deterimine if there is a tumor and if so is it benign or malignant; if malignant, of what type, and what grade.
A 49-year-old member asked:

Please tell me how long it takes for to get results from a biopsy?

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Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
It depends...: Biopsy result turn around time is highly variable depending on the organ biopsied, the actual pathology that is there. Expected turn around time is 48 hours from the time of receipt of the specimen for a routine biopsy. However, there are many issues that can cause a specimen to be complicated such as breast biopsies need extra formalin fixation, special stains to identify tumors, and consults.

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