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A 54-year-old female asked:

Do doctors tend to "sugar coat" bad news prior to a biopsy if they believe their exam may be a cancer diagnosis or do they want to prepare patients if they have a strong feeling cancer will be seen in the biopsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
There are as many modes of presenting news as there are doctors. In general, they tend to suggest a biopsy at the earliest moment they consider a worrisome diagnosis possible, even when the issue is likely benign since they never want to overlook anything. The is especially true when early diagnosis leads to successful therapy if a problem is found.
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