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, breast cancers found early have a high chance of survival.
Learn more about breast cancer treatment.
Stay busy. Keep up with your normal routine and do things you enjoy.
Talk with your family and friends. Talking about your fears may make them a little less worrisome. Use your support system.
Get informed. Do some research from reputable organizations like Susan G. Komen®.
Learn about biopsies, pathology reports, possible results and potential next steps so you can 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. Learning more can also help you make informed decisions about your treatment options.
This information will be included on your pathology report.
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