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NEEDLE BIOPSIES generally preferred over operative biopsies, these are done with local anesthesia and take a small amount of tissue while using image guidance, to make a diagnosis of benign or malignant breast disease. They may be done in one of our offices with ultrasound guidance, or for certain imaging abnormalities, at a hospital using mammography (stereotactic needle biopsy).

EXCISIONAL BIOPSY done in the operating room when a needle biopsy cannot be obtained or is inconclusive, this surgical procedure removes a palpable or imaging abnormality for diagnosis.

LUMPECTOMY removes just the tumor and a small amount of surrounding tissue. Radiation therapy is usually recommended following lumpectomy done for cancer to reduce recurrence rates.