For most types of cancer, a biopsy is the main form of diagnosis. During a biopsy, a small amount of tissue for examination is taken. Other tests may suggest the presence of cancer, but only a biopsy can make a diagnosis.
A biopsy is recommended if during the evaluation or in other exams Dr. Hidalgo finds something suspicious. The biopsy may be performed in the office, but sometimes necessary additional procedures and even surgery to take a tissue sample.
The biopsy can be done with the help of images, also the type of biopsy will depend on where the tumor is located.
Types of Biopsy
Image-guided biopsy: allow Dr. Hidalgo identifies the lesion, especially in non-palpable lesions. A fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) or a core needle biopsy may be used.
Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNA) usually guided by ultrasound, a small needle is used, allowing a small amount of tissue to be taken, quickly and practically without pain.
Core needle biopsy: in this type of biopsy uses a larger needle to remove a larger amount of tissue.
There are also other types of biopsy: punch type, endoscopic biopsy, even laparoscopic biopsy.