If you have a lump in your breast or a suspicious area on your mammogram or ultrasound, your health care provider may recommend a breast biopsy. Having a biopsy doesn't necessarily mean you have cancer. View this video to learn about the types of biopsies available and what to expect during the procedure.
This procedure takes a sample of lymph node tissue from your body. Lymph nodes are small, bean-shaped glands. They're part of your lymphatic system. Cancer may spread through this system to other parts of your body. With a biopsy, we can look for these spreading cancer cells.
During this outpatient procedure, one or more small samples of tissue are taken from the liver. These tissue samples will be studied under a microscope. A liver biopsy can help identify problems in the liver. If the patient has a liver disease, a biopsy can help doctors determine the type and severity.