06/15/2009 - Questions and Answers

Risk of Breast Biopsy?

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Does performing a breast biopsy have the potential to spread the cancer through the rich blood supply of the breast?

 

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We can understand your fears and it is good that you are seeking information. We hope this will put your mind at ease.
 

"With some types of tumors, such as tumors of the ovary or pancreas, it is possible for a needle to carry a malignant cell to another area. But this is NOT a concern in breast cancer. Breast cancer cells do not seem to be able to live independently unless they are biochemically ready to do so. This means that a core biopsy - or any other type of
biopsy procedure - will not spread breast cancer to other areas."
 

To read further, click the links below.

 

Related Links
SusanLoveMD.org: Biopsy
Fear of Lung Cancer Surgery

Created on: 06/20/2005
Reviewed on: 06/15/2009

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