A tissue sample is needed in order to make a definitive breast cancer diagnosis. Learn about the process of getting tissue and more from Dr. Harness in this video.
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In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains how breast cancer is diagnosed.
Well, to make a definitive diagnosis, you need tissue. The best way to get tissue is either through a fine needle biopsy, which gets individualized cells, or a core needle biopsy. Obviously, the suspicion that you have a diagnosis of breast cancer is made based on your physical examination and/or it's made based on your imaging studies. But the bottom line is you need tissue in order to definitively make a diagnosis. I would always encourage that that tissue be obtained with needle biopsies and not through an open excision or incisional biopsy.
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