Sometimes, when there's an abnormal finding in the breast, a biopsy is needed to check whether or not it’s breast cancer. Although it can be scary, keep in mind most breast biopsies in the U.S. don’t show cancer .
Even so, waiting for your biopsy results can be hard. Be sure to ask your health care provider when you can expect the results.
Remember, if breast cancer is found, it can be treated. With standard treatment, people with breast cancers found early have a high chance of survival.
Learn about breast cancer treatment.
Stay busy. Keep up with your normal routine and do things you enjoy.
Talk with your family and friends. Use your support system. Talking about your fears may make them a little less worrisome.
Get informed. Learn about pathology reports, possible results and potential next steps from reputable organizations like Susan G. Komen®. This will help you make informed decisions. You may feel more in control if you know what to expect.
Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming though! You know your limits. Read what you are comfortable with, then stop. If you feel you have more information than you can handle, set it aside for a later time.
If your biopsy results show breast cancer, learning about the factors that affect prognosis and treatment can help you understand your diagnosis. Then, together with your health care provider, you can make informed decisions about your treatment options.
This information is found in your pathology report.
Treatment Navigation Tool
Facts for Life: Coping with Cancer Diagnosis
Facts for Life: When the Diagnosis is Cancer
1-877 GO KOMEN(1-877-465-6636)