The Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber provides a variety of services to help patients and their families cope with the many physical, emotional, and spiritual challenges of a cancer diagnosis and its treatment. We are committed to helping patients regain a sense of control over their lives and feel their best throughout treatment and beyond.
Breast biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of breast tissue is removed for examination.
Breast biopsy is done with local anesthesia (remain awake).
There are different types of biopsies and your physician will discuss in detail with you the specific procedure you will undergo.
If you receive intravenous medication before the procedure to help you relax, you should not operate heavy machinery, drive a car, drink alcohol or make any important decisions for 12 to 24 hours after the procedure. Your physician will let you know when you may resume your regular activities.
You can learn more about breast biopsy from Brigham and Women's Hospital.
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