What is breast biopsy?
If preliminary examinations of a lump in the breast indicate that there is a suspicion of cancer, the doctor may order a breast biopsy. This may be performed inserting a hollow needle into a cyst or lump in the breast to extract fluid that contains cells, or some of the tissue may be removed with a knife. A needle biopsy may or may not require a local anaesthetic and takes only a few minutes; it is usually done in the outpatient’s department of the hospital, or sometimes in a doctor’s surgery. An open surgical biopsy may also be done in the outpatient’s department with a local anaesthetic, but more frequently it involves admission to hospital and a general anaesthetic.