Users' questions

Can a breast cancer biopsy be done under the arm?

Can a breast cancer biopsy be done under the arm?

Most often, the surgeon removes the entire mass or abnormal area as well as a surrounding margin of normal breast tissue. The doctor may also need to biopsy the lymph nodes under the arm to check them for cancer spread. This might be done at the same time as biopsy of the breast tumor, or when the breast tumor is removed at surgery.

How does a doctor do an excisional biopsy?

Excisional biopsy. A doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to remove a small section of the top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis). Punch biopsy. A doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat). Excisional biopsy.

What do pathologists need to know about biopsy?

Here are 5 things this pathologist wants every patient to know about biopsy. 1. Biopsy sample size and location matter. Pathologists are trained to evaluate many different types of tissue. They use powerful microscopes to evaluate the cells within each tissue sample. Sometimes a biopsy sample might not be big enough to evaluate.

How is a permanent section of a biopsy created?

Permanent section. To create a permanent section, the technician places the specimen in a fixative for several hours. A fixative is a substance that keeps the specimen “fixed” so that it does not change. The length of time the specimen stays in the fixative depends on its size. Formalin is the fixative used most often.

Permanent section. To create a permanent section, the technician places the specimen in a fixative for several hours. A fixative is a substance that keeps the specimen “fixed” so that it does not change. The length of time the specimen stays in the fixative depends on its size. Formalin is the fixative used most often.

Where are the bones in the forearm located?

How this works. Your forearm consists of two bones that come together to join at the wrist, called the ulna and radius. Injuries to these bones or to the nerves or muscles on or near them can lead to forearm pain. Your forearm pain can feel different depending on what’s causing it.

Excisional biopsy. A doctor uses a tool similar to a razor to remove a small section of the top layers of skin (epidermis and a portion of the dermis). Punch biopsy. A doctor uses a circular tool to remove a small section of skin including deeper layers (epidermis, dermis and superficial fat). Excisional biopsy.

Here are 5 things this pathologist wants every patient to know about biopsy. 1. Biopsy sample size and location matter. Pathologists are trained to evaluate many different types of tissue. They use powerful microscopes to evaluate the cells within each tissue sample. Sometimes a biopsy sample might not be big enough to evaluate.