Following up after a biopsy
Once the tissue sample has been taken, it will be examined by the physicians. This analysis may be done at the time of the operation, in some cases. However, most frequently the sample may need to be submitted to a testing laboratory. Once the results arrive, your doctor may call you to share the results, or ask you to come in for a follow-up appointment to discuss the next steps. If the analysis indicates signs of cancer, your doctor will be able to tell cancer’s type and level of aggression from your Biopsy. If the findings are negative but the concern of the doctor is still high for cancer or other diseases, you may need to have another Biopsy or another form of Biopsy. Your doctor will instruct you as to the best path you can take. If you have any concerns about the Biopsy before the operation or the tests, do not hesitate to speak to your doctor.
What are the side effects of a Biopsy?
A Biopsy procedure is usually safe and causes minimal injury. Complications from biopsies may include:
- Accidental injury