Standard procedures and methods are used to process nearly all types of biopsy samples. These procedures are the usual ways that a sample is prepared in the lab. Other procedures, which are described later, may also be done on certain types of samples such as lymph nodes and bone marrow. After its removal, the biopsy specimen is put in a container with a mixture of water and formaldehyde formalin or some other fluid to preserve it. Next, the pathologist or a trained lab assistant looks at the specimen without a microscope. This is called gross examination.
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A breast biopsy is the removal of a sample of breast tissue so that it can be tested for breast cancer. This can be done in a few ways. With a core needle biopsy, ultrasound or MRI guidance may be used. With an open procedure, stereotactic surgery or wire localization may be recommended to make sure the biopsy samples the abnormality. A breast biopsy may be recommended if a person develops symptoms of breast cancer or if an abnormality is found on a screening test or follow-up tests, such as a mammogram , breast ultrasound, or breast MRI. Symptoms of breast cancer that may call for a biopsy include:.
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It may be more common if radiation is given after surgery or in women who are obese. Sometimes the swelling lasts for only a few weeks and then goes away. But in some women, it lasts a long time. If your arm is swollen, tight, or painful after lymph node surgery, be sure to tell someone on your cancer care team right away. You might also have limited movement in your arm and shoulder after surgery.