Biopsy

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Ballesteros has brain tumor, will undergo biopsy Tuesday   -  Oct 12, 2008
AP. MADRID, Spain -- After a career full of miraculous shots -- including one from a parking lot during his first British Open win -- Seve Ballesteros was ... ESPN

McCain skin biopsy negative for cancer - clinic   -  Jul 30, 2008
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A biopsy conducted on skin taken from the face of US Republican presidential candidate John McCain showed no skin cancer, ... Reuters India

Va. Boy's Biopsy Finds No Cancer   -  Feb 16, 2005
By Leef Smith. After nearly two years of debilitating chemotherapy and radiation treatments that caused his blond hair to fall out, damaged his eyesight and ... Washington Post

Ultrasound test could end breast-cancer biopsy fear   -  Dec 2, 2006
AP. CHICAGO An experimental- ultrasound technique that mea sures how easily breast lumps compress and bounce back could enable doctors to determine ... St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive

Worried about breast biopsy results?   -  Feb 25, 2009
The anxiety of waiting for breast biopsy results may put women at increased risk of adverse health effects, according to a new study. ... Times of India

Biopsy shows no recurrence of cancer for Murcer   -  Mar 5, 2008
AP. TAMPA, Fla. -- A brain biopsy on New York Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer showed no sign that a tumor had reoccurred. ... ESPN

Prostate biopsy may be misleading in obese men   -  Mar 27, 2007
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In overweight or obese men, prostate biopsy may underestimate the aggressiveness of prostate cancer, research suggests. ... Reuters UK

Ultrasound Can Spare Some Women Invasive Breast Biopsy   -  Jun 26, 2007
By Kathleen Doheny. TUESDAY, June 26 (HealthDay News) -- Using ultrasound to monitor certain breast lesions that have a low probability of becoming ... Washington Post

Immediate biopsy unnecessary for some breast lumps   -  Dec 4, 2009
By Megan Brooks Megan Brooks – Fri Dec 4, 5:31 pm ET. NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – For breast lumps that can be felt with the fingers but look benign on ... Yahoo! News

Biopsy Goes Smoothly for Sterling Boy   -  Feb 3, 2005
By Leef Smith. It took Los Angeles surgeons 90 minutes yesterday to extract a number of tissue samples from the tumor at the base of a Sterling boy's skull ... Washington Post

Needle-free 'biopsy' pins down tumours   -  Sep 29, 2006
Brain tumours could be diagnosed without the need for tissue samples by looking at a "fingerprint" of the chemicals they produce. ... New Scientist

Cal guard Randle has biopsy on kidney   -  Oct 29, 2007
AP. BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -- California point guard Jerome Randle underwent a biopsy on his kidney Monday and will likely miss at least a month. ... SportingNews.com

Device helps track cancer after biopsy   -  May 14, 2009
WASHINGTON: Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed the first implantable device that can help monitor a tumour for ... Times of India

Yankees' Bobby Murcer has brain biopsy   -  Mar 3, 2008
..."Bobby is doing great, and is resting comfortably after this morning's biopsy," his wife, Kay, said. "He could be released as early as tomorrow." ... CBC.ca

Boy to have biopsy on 'Frank' the tumor   -  Feb 2, 2005
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — A 9-year-old boy who nicknamed his brain tumor "Frank" after Frankenstein's monster and whose mother launched an online auction ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Calculator crunches prostate biopsy factors   -  Apr 18, 2006
By Liz Szabo, USA TODAY. Doctors have created an online tool to help older men decide whether to have a biopsy to diagnose prostate cancer. ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Needle Biopsy Works Well in Diagnosing Breast Cancer   -  Dec 15, 2009
By Serena Gordon. TUESDAY, Dec. 15 (HealthDay News) -- When it comes to diagnosing breast cancer, women and their doctors have some options, ... BusinessWeek

Biopsy - salivary gland   -  Feb 19, 2007
There are several pairs of salivary glands in different locations: a major pair in front of the ears (parotid glands); two major pair on the floor of the ... New York Times

Online auction spurs free biopsy for boy's tumor   -  Jan 18, 2005
RICHMOND, Va. - A 9-year-old boy whose mother launched an online auction to help pay for a biopsy on her son's tumor will have the procedure done for free, ... msnbc.com

AL Roundup | After surgery, Bell awaits biopsy results   -  Sep 23, 2006
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Royals manager Buddy Bell had his tonsils removed Friday and will now await biopsy results on a growth that was detected in the area. ... Seattle Times

Biopsy for kidney removed from James Levine   -  Jul 16, 2008
BOSTON (AP) — A biopsy will be performed on the kidney that was removed this week from Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Orchestra music director ... USA TODAY - USA Today

LeBron says it was 'nerve-racking' waiting for biopsy that found...   -  Oct 19, 2009
AP. CLEVELAND - Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James tells a newspaper that a cancer scare earlier this year was "nerve-racking" and had him on edge ... Minneapolis Star-Tribune - Minneapolis Star Tribune

'Brush Biopsy' technology launched in Bangalore   -  Aug 31, 2007
TO SAVE LIFE: The former Test cricketer, M. Azharuddin (left), and Ashok Dhoble, secretary-general, Indian Dental Association, at the launch of 'Brush ... The Hindu

Woodgate biopsy gives the all-clear   -  Apr 16, 2005
Jonathan Woodgate has had an operation in a desperate bid to cure the thigh injury which has prevented him making a debut since moving to Real Madrid for ... The Guardian

Breast cancer biopsy 'cuts pain'   -  May 3, 2006
A new biopsy technique for breast cancer has a recovery time of two days instead of the usual five, according to research at Cardiff University. ... BBC News

Bladder Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  May 22, 2008
Bladder biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a small piece of tissue from the bladder for examination. A bladder biopsy is usually performed as a ... New York Times

New Saliva Test & Biopsy Process Latest Weapon in War Against Birth …   -  Jan 21, 2010
MARGATE, Fla., Jan. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida's largest fertility clinic announced it is the first in the state to offer the latest weapon in the war ... Forbes

Doctor disciplined for removing wrong kidney   -  Jan 17, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS – A urologist has been indefinitely barred from inpatient surgery for removing the wrong kidney of one patient and taking a biopsy from ... Yahoo! News

What Happens If My Biopsy Results For Prostate Cancer Come Back …   -  Mar 16, 2009
David Jarrard, MD, Assoc. Prof. of Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Question: What happens if my biopsy results for ... ABC News

When Is A Sentinel Node Biopsy Considered, and When Is An Axillary …   -  Oct 3, 2007
Question: When is a sentinel node biopsy considered, and when is an axillary lymph node dissection necessary? Dr. Anne Rosenberg answers the question: 'When ... ABC News

Hypnosis Eases Breast Cancer Biopsy Pain   -  Nov 29, 2006
WEDNESDAY, Nov. 29 (HealthDay News) -- An old technique, hypnosis, can help reduce a woman's pain and anxiety during breast biopsy, a new study finds. ... Washington Post

BIOPSY FOR MURCER   -  Feb 29, 2008
..."[Bobby Murcer]'s MRI Tuesday showed an area that the docs are concerned about, and he is scheduled for a brain biopsy at MDA this coming Monday," [Kay] ... Pay-Per-View - New York Post - ProQuest Archiver

… Biopsy - News, Information on Lung Needle Biopsy - NY Times Health...   -  Jan 15, 2010
Q. Is it true that needle biopsies leak lung cancer cells into the bloodstream, spreading cancer throughout the body? A. ''With any biopsy of any organ, ... New York Times

Less invasive biopsy for large tumors.(Breast Cancer)   -  Oct 1, 2005
New breast cancer research shows for the first time that even women with large breast tumors can benefit from a less invasive biopsy method that has been ... Free with registration - USA TODAY - AccessMyLibrary.com

… the yield of prostate cancer biopsy and repeat biopsy justify the...   -  Nov 17, 2007
Welch HG et al. (2007) Detection of prostate cancer via biopsy in the Medicare-SEER population during the PSA era. J Natl Cancer Inst 99: 1395–1400 PubMed ... Nature.com

Cone biopsy (conization) for abnormal cervical cell changes   -  Jan 5, 2009
A cone biopsy is an extensive form of a cervical biopsy. It is called a cone biopsy because a cone-shaped wedge of tissue is removed from the cervix and ... WebMD

… Biopsy - News, Information on Bone Marrow Biopsy - NY Times Health...   -  Nov 12, 2006
There has been a lot of talk recently about stem cells, and I would find it fascinating even if I didn't have a personal interest. But I do. ... New York Times

Renal Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  Oct 22, 2007
A renal biopsy is the removal of a small piece of kidney tissue for laboratory examination. There are many ways to perform a kidney biopsy. ... New York Times

Barzilai Medical: Fatal biopsy wasn't mistake   -  Mar 28, 2008
By Ran Reznick. The Barzilai Medical Center's management commented that "the unfortunate incident was treated with the utmost care and the doctors held ... Ha'aretz

Agency: Biopsy best to find breast cancer   -  Feb 10, 2006
Some common non-invasive tests for breast cancer aren't accurate enough to routinely replace biopsies, a government review concluded Thursday. ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Gov. Lingle has breast biopsy, results next week   -  Mar 5, 2009
By HERBERT A. SAMPLE, AP Writer. Gov. Linda Lingle underwent a breast biopsy on Thursday at a Honolulu hospital, four months after a routine mammogram ... San Francisco Chronicle

Breast Cancer: Biopsy Results   -  Jul 22, 2005
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The Doctor's World For FDR Sleuths, New Focus on an Odd Spot   -  Jan 4, 2010
Was the spot removed for a biopsy? Or for cosmetic reasons? Despite the assertions in “FDR's Deadly Secret,? the answers are unknown. ... New York Times

Many biopsy samples sent for retesting were unacceptable: pathologist   -  Jun 27, 2008
The Toronto pathologist who redid nearly 1000 breast cancer tests from the troubled labs of Eastern Health in 2005 told the Cameron inquiry in St. John's ... CBC.ca

Lung Biopsy   -  Mar 10, 2009
You may be given some medications before the biopsy to dry up the secretions in your mouth and airways. A needle or bronchoscope biopsy can be done without ... WebMD

Colposcopy and Cervical Biopsy   -  Dec 13, 2007
You may feel some discomfort when the vaginal speculum is inserted. You may feel a pinch and have some cramping if a biopsy sample is taken. ... WebMD

Calculator crunches prostate biopsy factors ; Online tool has...   -  Apr 19, 2006
For two decades, doctors have used the PSA test, which measures blood levels of prostate-specific antigen, to screen older men for prostate cancer. ... Pay-Per-View - USA TODAY - ProQuest Archiver

Reply: Remarks on sentinel node biopsy in head and neck cancer   -  Jan 14, 2005
Thank you for giving us the opportunity to respond to the commentary letter by Dr Kovacs. In the third paragraph, Dr Kovacs is referring to staging methods. ... Nature.com

Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy   -  Nov 26, 2008
A bone marrow biopsy uses a special tool that twists into the bone. It is normal to feel pressure at the site and hear a crunching sound as the tool twists ... WebMD

Breast Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  Sep 10, 2009
A breast biopsy is the removal of breast tissue to examine it for signs of breast cancer or other disorders. Several different types of biopsy may be done. ... New York Times

MR spectroscopy reduces need for breast biopsy   -  May 31, 2006
Washington, May 31 -- According to a study featured in the latest issue of Radiology, MR spectroscopy significantly reduces need for breast biopsy. ... Pay-Per-View - Hindustan Times - Factiva, from Dow Jones

… DOCS LOOKED AT WRONG PATIENT'S BIOPSY SLIDE.. AND CUT OFF …   -  Sep 5, 2005
A DEVASTATED mum yesterday told how blundering doctors removed her healthy breast after wrongly diagnosing cancer. Marjory Patterson, 52, was shattered when ... Scottish Daily Record

Liver Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  Jan 22, 2007
The liver is a pyramid-shaped organ that lies within the upper right side of the abdomen. In a typical liver biopsy, a needle is inserted through the rib ... New York Times

Murcer's biopsy shows no cancer   -  Jan 22, 2010
TAMPA, FLORIDA (TICKER) —A brain biopsy showed that New York Yankees broadcaster Bobby Murcer does not have a recurrence of cancer, the team announced ... Yahoo! Sports

Bone Biopsy   -  Oct 24, 2008
A bone biopsy is a procedure in which a small sample of bone is taken from the body and looked at under a microscope for cancer, infection, or other bone ... WebMD

Thyroid Biopsy   -  Aug 13, 2009
A needle biopsy is done in a hospital, clinic, or your doctor's office. During the test, you will lie on your back with a pillow under your shoulders, ... WebMD

Research offers alternative method of pancreatic biopsy   -  Jan 16, 2010
Endoscopic ultrasound-guided biopsy of pancreatic masses has been proved to be a safe and effective method. However, if the hospital has no such facilities ... Daily News & Analysis

Benign Biopsy Doesn't Eliminate Risk Of   -  Sep 26, 2005
Millions undergo mammography screening each vear; 20 percent of those screened will undergo a biopsy within 10 years of getting their first mamma gram. ... St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive

Rising PSA test may signal aggressive cancer   -  Oct 31, 2006
Only a biopsy can tell the difference. It's not even clear when is the best time to do a biopsy. Some men have cancer despite a “normal? PSA count of 4 or ... msnbc.com

Biopsy findings on 2 humpbacks   -  Jun 7, 2007
The Marine Mammal Center reported that biopsy samples taken from two humpback whales that wandered 80 miles up the Sacramento River are from the Eastern ... San Francisco Chronicle

Nuggets' Nene has testicular tumor removed, biopsy to determine if …   -  Jan 17, 2008
ATLANTA -- Denver Nuggets forward Nene underwent surgery Monday to remove a testicular tumor, and a biopsy will determine if it was cancerous. ... ESPN

Ultrasound-guided biopsy may revolutionise endometrial disease …   -  Apr 14, 2009
WASHINGTON: Experts at UT Southwestern Medical Center say that diseases in the lining of the uterus can be easily visualized and diagnosed with the aid of a ... Times of India

Girl (5) died after liver biopsy - coroner   -  Sep 8, 2005
A five-year-old Dublin girl who contracted a rare parasitical disease on holiday in southern Europe died months later, not directly from that disease, ... Irish Times

… : Golf Legend's Health Worsens Following Biopsy | World News | Sky ...   -  Oct 16, 2008
He announced the next day that he had been diagnosed with a brain tumour and would undergo a biopsy before doctors decided on a course of treatment. ... Sky News

Is duodenal biopsy required in all patients with suspected celiac...   -  Aug 15, 2007
Hopper AD et al. (2007) Pre-endoscopy serological testing for coeliac disease: evaluation of a clinical decision tool. BMJ 334: 729 PubMed ... Nature.com

Concerns over false positive results of prostate cancer test   -  Jan 11, 2010
The presence of prostate cancer may be indicated by symptoms, physical examination, prostate specific antigen (PSA), or biopsy. Finnish researchers, who are ... Sify

Needle-free 'biopsy' pins down tumours   -  Oct 1, 2006
Brain tumours could be diagnosed without the need for tissue samples by looking at a "fingerprint" of the chemicals they produce. ... New Scientist

Lymph Node Biopsy   -  Apr 29, 2009
A lymph node biopsy removes lymph node tissue to be looked at under a microscope for signs of infection or a disease, such as cancer. ... WebMD

… pain during transrectal ultrasonography-guided prostate biopsy   -  May 24, 2007
Age, enema preparation, analgesia use and number of biopsy punctures ... Our study confirmed enema preparation before biopsy and the number of biopsy ... Nature.com

Lung Needle Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times...   -  Sep 13, 2008
A lung needle biopsy is a method to remove a piece of lung tissue for examination. A chest x-ray or chest CT scan may be used to find the exact spot for the ... New York Times

PSA Test No Longer Gives Clear Answers   -  Jun 20, 2005
With annual PSA tests, sooner or later many men will end up with a biopsy. "And as we repeatedly biopsy men, we are likely to find these subclinical ... New York Times

Dr Thomas Stuttaford answers your questions on tests for prostate...   -  Feb 1, 2006
Biopsy and scan showed no cancer. PSA increased in December to 17. Further scan and biopsy in January this year again revealed no cancer. ... Times Online

Novel breast biopsy technique may significantly reduce procedure times   -  Jun 24, 2009
Washington, June 24 (ANI): A new breast biopsy technique may help reduce procedure times, patient discomfort and morbidity, say researchers. ... Oneindia

'Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease patients have higher mortality...   -  Jan 28, 2010
Secondly, all underwent liver biopsy at the time of referral so that the ... Thirdly, re-evaluation of the initial biopsy findings was performed in all ... Expressindia.com

Can brain biopsy aid the diagnosis of dementia?   -  Sep 3, 2005
Diagnosis of an underlying cause for dementia is often difficult, and an accurate diagnosis might depend on direct examination of brain tissue. ... Nature.com

… anterolateral approach to percutaneous ultrasound-guided renal...   -  Jan 3, 2008
Renal biopsy in the standard prone position can cause complications in obese ... To establish whether percutaneous ultrasound-guided renal biopsy can be ... Nature.com

Urine test may improve prostate cancer screening   -  Mar 27, 2007
High PSA levels suggest that cancer may be present and a biopsy is then performed to ... Unfortunately, in some men with a high PSA, the biopsy comes back ... Reuters UK

Method of breast biopsy is an individual decision   -  Oct 17, 2006
THERE'S MORE than one way to get a breast biopsy, but the procedures all share the same, crucial purpose: to determine whether you have breast cancer. ... Pay-Per-View - Star-Ledger - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Palace confirms biopsy   -  Jul 3, 2009
By CHARISSA M. LUCI. While rejecting reports that President Arroyo underwent removal and replacement of breast silicone implants, Malacañang admitted on ... Manila Bulletin

Testicular Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health...   -  Sep 7, 2008
Testicular biopsy is surgery to remove a piece of tissue from the testicles for examination under a microscope. The biopsy can be performed in many ways. ... New York Times

'I'm Begging You Don't Let Me Die'   -  Jan 25, 2010
Andy confided in him, and his friend said, "Get the biopsy and don't wait. ... To establish it was cancer, he recommended I have a biopsy on both breasts. ... People Magazine

Lymph Node Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health...   -  Aug 22, 2008
Lymph node biopsy is a test in which a lymph node or a piece of a lymph node is removed for examination under a microscope. ... New York Times

Prostate test may spare thousands from surgery   -  Aug 10, 2005
The biopsy tissue is fixed in formalin and then laid flat on a paraffin block. ... The biopsy specimens are so thin that only a few slices can be taken for ... Times Online

Teen girls may not need breast biopsy   -  Jun 25, 2009
MAYWOOD, Ill., June 25 (UPI) -- US researchers suggest an ultrasound examination might eliminate the need for some teenage girls to get a biopsy to detect ... UPI.com

Thyroid Biopsy   -  Aug 14, 2008
A normal (negative) report on a thyroid biopsy does not mean for sure that the thyroid gland is healthy. It is possible that a problem may have been missed. ... WebMD

'Brush test' biopsy set to reduce oral cancer cases   -  Nov 11, 2007
Mumbai (PTI): 'Brush test' biopsy, the path breaking technology of detecting oral cancer, has been brought to India and is expected to reduce oral cancer ... The Hindu

Kidney Biopsy   -  Sep 29, 2008
A kidney biopsy is done by a urologist, nephrologist, or a radiologist in a clinic or a hospital. A kidney biopsy is often done by a radiologist using ... WebMD

Pleural Needle Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times …   -  Dec 8, 2009
A pleural biopsy is a procedure to remove a sample of the tissue lining the lungs and the inside of the chest wall to check for disease or infection. ... New York Times

Maggie Daley awaits results of bone biopsy :: CHICAGO SUN-TIMES :: …   -  Apr 22, 2009
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Mammogram, not biopsy, for breast lesions   -  May 9, 2008
SEATTLE, May 9 (UPI) -- US researchers say a woman with benign-looking breast lesions should not get not a biopsy but a follow-up mammogram. ... UPI.com

Biopsy for kidney removed from James Levine   -  Jul 17, 2008
BOSTON (AP) - A biopsy will be performed on the kidney that was removed this week from Boston Symphony Orchestra and Metropolitan Orchestra music director ... Malaysia Star

New breast cancer test 'reliable'   -  Aug 19, 2006
Core needle biopsy is already commonly used to sample suspect breast tissue for ... Not only is core needle biopsy far less invasive, the authors say it ... BBC News

Cervical Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  Feb 19, 2008
A cervical biopsy is a test in which tissue samples are taken from the cervix and examined for disease or other problems. ... New York Times

Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health Information   -  Nov 11, 2008
A needle (percutaneous) biopsy removes tissue using a hollow tube called a syringe. A needle is passed through the syringe into the area being examined. ... New York Times

Muscle Biopsy - Tests, Test Results & Diagnosis - NY Times Health …   -  Jul 29, 2008
A muscle biopsy is the removal of a small piece of muscle tissue for examination. This procedure is usually done while you are awake. ... New York Times

Bone Marrow Aspiration and Biopsy   -  Nov 26, 2008
A bone marrow biopsy removes a small amount of bone and a small amount of fluid and cells from inside the bone (bone marrow). A bone marrow aspiration ... WebMD

Surgeon breaks silence on Arroyo biopsy   -  Jul 9, 2009
MANILA - A cosmetic surgeon confirmed Thursday that President Arroyo underwent excision biopsy at the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa City ... ABS CBN News

FDA approves Vidacare's new biopsy system for the market   -  Dec 7, 2007
Vidacare Corp. has received Food and Drug Administration approval for the company's novel bone-marrow biopsy system for hematology/oncology. ... Bizjournals.com

New way to identify which men need a second prostate biopsy   -  Feb 22, 2007
A researcher in the << >> and << >> has found a way to identify which men need a second prostate biopsy because they may be harboring life-threatening ... News-Medical.net

Blood Test Index May Help Liver Patients Avoid Biopsy   -  Feb 12, 2007
MONDAY, Feb. 12 (HealthDay News) -- A new index that involves simple blood tests might spare patients invasive biopsies used to diagnose liver fibrosis, ... Washington Post



Background information on Biopsy [When available]

A biopsy (in Greek: bios = life and opsy = look/appearance) is a medical test involving the removal of cells or tissues for examination. The tissue is often examined under a microscope and can also be analyzed chemically (for example, using PCR techniques).

Biopsy specimens are often taken from part of a lesion when the cause of a disease is uncertain or its extent or exact character is in doubt. Vasculitis, for instance, is usually diagnosed on biopsy. Additionally, pathologic examination of a small biopsy can help differentiate between different types of cancer and determine whether a lesion is benign or malignant. In contrast to a biopsy that merely samples a lesion, a larger excisional specimen called a resection may come to a pathologist, typically from a surgeon attempting to eradicate a known lesion from a patient. For example, a pathologist would examine a mastectomy specimen, even if a previous nonexcisional breast biopsy had already established the diagnosis of breast cancer. Examination of the full mastectomy specimen would confirm the exact nature of the cancer (subclassification of tumor and histologic "grading") and reveal the extent of its spread (pathologic "staging").

When only a sample of tissue is removed, the procedure is called an incisional biopsy or core biopsy. When an entire lump or suspicious area is removed, the procedure is called an excisional biopsy. When a sample of tissue or fluid is removed with a needle, the procedure is called a needle aspiration biopsy.

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