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Before your biopsy

June 10, 2008 - 7:30am
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Before your biopsy

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It's important to discuss your biopsy with doctors, nurses, and other members of your health care team so that you can take an active part in your care. Talking with other women who have had a biopsy will also help you understand the procedure.

You will have many important questions, and your doctor is the best person to answer them. Most women want to know what the biopsy will be like and what will happen if they have cancer. It's often helpful to write down questions as you think of them.

To help you remember what the doctor says, you may want to take a family member or friend with you. Many women also find taking notes useful while talking with their doctor. Ask the doctor to explain anything that is not clear.

Here are some questions you may want to ask:

  • What type of biopsy will I have?
  • How long will the biopsy take?
  • Will I be put to sleep?
  • Can I eat or drink before the biopsy?
  • Will the biopsy leave a scar?
  • How soon will I know if I have cancer?
  • If I do have cancer, what other tests will need to be done?
  • What are my treatment choices if I have cancer, and how soon will treatment start?

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