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Biopsy information and locations

Biopsies are used to diagnose cancer. During a biopsy, a small sample of tissue from the suspicious area is removed and examined under a microscope, allowing doctors to detect and diagnose cancer.
Other tests can suggest or help detect cancer, but biopsies are the only way to make a diagnosis. During the procedure, doctors take a sample of the area, then a pathologist examines the tissue and determines if there is a tumor and its type (benign or malignant).
There are many ways doctors perform biopsies, ranging from less invasive methods to surgical procedures, these are selected depending on the location of the area to be examined.

Type of biopsies

Minimally invasive biopsy
Used for taking samples from easier to reach areas of the body, and often lead to minimal recovery times. Needle, shave, punch, and vacuum-assisted biopsies are found within this category.
Surgical biopsy
Used to take a sample from hard-to-reach places, like bone marrow, kidneys, or the prostate. These might require anesthesia and can be performed as open, laparoscopy, or endoscopy.
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Benefits
Save up to 48%
It’s the best way to diagnose cancer
Fast recovery times
Minimal post-procedure pain
Can help diagnose other conditions
Down time
30 min.
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Locations
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Biopsy frequent questions

Get answers to our most frequently asked questions and what to expect after the procedure.
Am I a candidate for a biopsy?
If your doctor suspect that you might have some kind of cancer they will make a biopsy.
How do I prepare for a biopsy?
Biopsies usually don’t require much preparation from the patients, especially with minimally invasive techniques, however, it might be necessary to avoid eating for 24 hours before a surgical biopsy, and stop taking certain medications.
Which form of biopsy do I need?
This depends on the area to be examined; the doctor might use a needle or a punch biopsy to study your skin, but if your liver or your bone marrow is to be surveyed, an endoscopy or a needle biopsy might be needed. We recommend you speak with your specialists in order to learn which form of procedure is best for your needs.
How long do I have to wait to get my results?
You will have the results of your biopsy after 2 or 3 days, but, if more complex tests are needed you might have to wait up to 7 or 10 days. Depending on the results of the diagnosis, your doctor will speak with you about further treatment.

Disclaimer: This information does not reflect the medical advice from our clinics. All cases are different and this treatment may not suit you. Always refer to a medical professional with the certification and experience. All of our physicians are fully qualified to perform these procedures. For more information and diagnosis contact one of our top specialized clinics.

In all medical procedures, there are chances of complications, the specialist will provide you detailed information about the risks of the procedure, talk to the specialist directly.