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Breast Cancer: Overview: 7

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Biopsy results are usually available within twenty four hours. If the cells are clearly benign, nothing more than continued observation may be needed. If the cells are not diagnostic, further tissue must be obtained. If the cells are abnormal (malignant), a cancer treatment plan is developed between the surgeon, the medical oncologist and the radiation oncologist, and a recommendation is made to the patient.     

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Breast Cancer: Overview: 8

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If necessary, additional tissue can be obtained with a larger needle called a biopsy needle. The core of tissue is examined under the microscope to determine if malignant cells are present. If so, treatment is planned accordingly.       

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An alternative or subsequent step may be to surgically remove the lump completely under local anesthesia with a procedure known as excisional biopsy or open breast biopsy. This procedure gives the most information, but may require a later operation to remove more of a margin around the malignant lesion (tumor). The less-invasive diagnostic methods are preferred and usually sufficient.     

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