Breast Biopsy Surgery

Your diagnostic plan may include a surgical procedure to determine if a lump seen in an image is cancerous, and if so, how far the cancer has advanced.

Patients are evaluated for:

  • Breast lumps
  • Abnormal mammograms
  • Nipple discharge
  • Other breast problems.

Surgical Oncologists have undergone additional specialty training in oncology, and offer the highest degree of specialization and expertise. Published data have repeatedly demonstrated that hospitals and surgeons with the highest volume experience with specific operations have the lowest complication and death rates. Recognizing the relationship between frequency of performing an operation and the quality of outcomes, the breast surgeons in the Division of Surgical Oncology focuses their clinical practices solely on the management of breast diseases.

Patients with a breast problem are evaluated in a comprehensive, multidisciplinary center by an experienced breast surgeon, in conjunction with a breast radiologist. Breast radiologists specialize in mammography, ultrasound, and magnetic resonance imaging.

After evaluation by a breast surgeon and radiologist additional diagnostic breast procedures are sometimes required including:

  • fine needle aspiration
  • stereotactic and ultrasound guided biopsies
  • core biopsies
  • open breast biopsies
  • needle-localized breast biopsies

Women with newly diagnosed breast cancer are evaluated in Avon Foundation Comprehenisve Breast Evaluation Center's multidisciplinary sessions, where they can meet with a surgeon, radiation oncologist and medical oncologist, have their mammograms and pathology slides reviewed, and receive definitive treatment recommendations in a single visit.