Core needle biopsy uses a hollow needle to remove samples of tissue from the breast. It may also rule out breast cancer. A pathologist studies the tissue samples under a microscope to see if they contain cancer. If they do, more tests will be done to help plan your treatment. Learn about factors that affect your prognosis and treatment.
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How to Minimize Pain During Core Needle Biopsy for Breast Cancer
A breast biopsy is a procedure to remove a small amount of breast tissue for study under the microscope and laboratory testing. A breast biopsy is a way to evaluate a suspicious area in your breast to determine whether it is breast cancer. Most breast biopsy results are not cancer, but a biopsy is the only way to find out. During a breast biopsy, a doctor will remove cells from the suspicious area so they can be looked at in the lab to see if cancer cells are present.
The doctor doing the CNB may put the needle in place by feeling the lump. But usually the needle is put into the abnormal area using some type of imaging test to guide the needle into the right place. Some of the imaging tests a doctor may use include:. You may be sitting up, lying flat or on your side, or lying face down on a special table with openings for your breasts to fit into. You will have to be still while the biopsy is done.