Understanding Your Diagnosis

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  1. Breast Biopsy

    A breast biopsy is a procedure in which samples of breast tissue are removed with a special biopsy needle or during surgery to determine if cancer or other abnormal cells are present.

  2. Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)

    A breast MRI is a procedure in which large magnets, radiofrequencies, and a computer are used to take detailed pictures of the breast in order to search for abnormalities that may signal the presence of cancer.

  3. Breast Scan

    A breast scan is a procedure in which nuclear radiology is used to assess and diagnose various conditions, such as tumors, abscesses, hematomas, organ enlargement, and cysts, as well as organ function and blood flow to the tissue.

  4. Breast Ultrasound
  5. Can I Survive Breast Cancer? What Is My Prognosis?
  6. Diagnosis Procedures for Breast Cancer

    It is important to remember that a lump or other changes in the breast, or an abnormal area on a mammogram, may be caused by cancer or by other, less serious problems.

  7. Finding Out You Have Breast Cancer
  8. Frequently Asked Questions: Mammograms

    Timing your mammogram when your breasts are not tender is important. In premenopausal women, this is usually one week after a menstrual period.

  9. How Does My Doctor Know I Have Breast Cancer?
  10. How Your Doctor Uses Biopsies to Make Your Diagnosis of Breast Cancer
  11. Mammogram Procedure

    A mammogram is an X-ray examination of the breast amd is used to detect and diagnose breast disease in women.

  12. MRIs for Breast Cancer Screening—Who Needs Them?
  13. Stages of Breast Cancer

    When breast cancer is diagnosed, your doctor will order tests to find out if the cancer has spread from the breast to other parts of the body. This is called staging and is an important step toward planning a treatment program.

  14. Tests That Help Evaluate the Traits of Your Breast Cancer
  15. Understanding Your Grade and Stage of Breast Cancer

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