Updated on November 17, 2020
A breast biopsy is performed to obtain a small sample of tumour tissue for the Histopathologist to examine using a variety of stains. The biopsy can be done using a core-needle biopsy or surgical biopsy. The results will be able to provide the following information;
- Whether the lesion is malignant or benign
- Which type of breast cancer (ductal or lobular or stromal) and the cancer grade
- Hormone Receptor Assay to check Estrogen Receptor or Progesterone Receptor status (the result will determine whether the cancer is ER+ or PR+)
- Immuno-Histo-Chemistry analysis of HER-2 status (this protein presence is suggestive of more rapid tumour cell growth)
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Patients are recommended to have the Triple Assessment for the diagnosis of breast cancer;
- Clinical Assessment by your breast doctor
- Imaging such as mammogram and/or ultrasound
- Pathology (cytology and/or histology)
The information from the Assessment allows your surgeon and oncologist to be able to;
- Classify and grade your breast cancer type
- Arrange suitable treatment plan
- Choose the optimum timing and order for your treatment options
- Estimate the duration of your entire treatment
- Offer hormonal treatment for ER+ cancer
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