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Core Biopsy

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Why would I need a core biopsy?

Your specialist might recommend that you undergo a core biopsy if during a mammogram or breast ultrasound, an imaging abnormality was found. This could be an indication of breast cancer or of another issue.

When should you speak to your specialist about a core biopsy?

If you have undergone a breast ultrasound or mammogram, and an imaging abnormality was found, your specialist might recommend that you have a core biopsy.

How is a core biopsy performed?

A core biopsy only takes approximately 20 minutes and you will be given a local anaesthetic.

During the procedure, a radiologist will do a breast ultrasound to find the spot where they will want to perform the biopsy.

They will then insert a hollow needle into this spot and remove some tissue and fluid that can be tested. You might have a steri strip and dressing put onto your breast afterwards.

What is the recovery for a core biopsy?

The recovery from a core biopsy can depend on a variety of factors, and you should discuss this with your specialist.

You and your specialist will discuss your plan for recovery and can give you more specific information about what you can expect afterwards prior to your core biopsy.

Are there any risks/complications associated with a core biopsy?

As with any medical procedure, it is possible for risks or complications to arise. It is best that you speak with your specialist about how best to avoid any adverse reactions.

How can I prepare for a core biopsy?

Before you undergo a core biopsy, you should discuss any questions you have about the procedure or its recovery with your specialist.

There is very little preparation needed prior to your core biopsy, however, if you are taking any blood thinning medications, you might be advised by your healthcare team to stop taking them in the run up to the procedure.

Your specialist will advise you of any specific preparations that you should make in advance of your core biopsy.

Are there alternatives for a core biopsy?

Your specialist will decide if there are other tests that might be beneficial to you. These could include:

  • Vacuum biopsy
  • Fine needle aspiration
  • Punch biopsy
  • Wire guided excision biopsy
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