What Are the Types of Biopsy for Breast Cancer?

SCCA’s Dr. Meghan Flanagan commented in U.S. News and World Report about Lymph Node Biopsies and their use for diagnosing staging for breast cancer.

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Biopsy The removal of a sample of tissue or fluid that is examined to see whether cancer is present. This may be done with a large needle or through surgical removal of tissue or fluids. Staging Performing exams and tests to learn the extent of the cancer within the body, especially whether the disease has spread from where it first formed to other parts of the body. Performing exams and tests to learn the extent of the cancer within the body, especially whether the disease has spread from where it first formed to other parts of the body. It is important to know the stage of the disease in order to plan the best treatment.