Breast Biopsy

Your care team may recommend a breast biopsy if your radiologist detects a suspicious lump or apparent growth. While this doesn’t necessarily mean you’re at risk for cancer—in fact, the National Breast Cancer Foundation reports that 80 percent of women who have a breast biopsy do not have breast cancer—a biopsy is one of the most accurate ways to determine if a malignancy/cancer is present. As with all types of cancer, early detection greatly increases your chance of a complete recovery.

During a biopsy, your doctor will remove a tissue, cell or fluid sample from the affected breast for further examination under a microscope. A breast biopsy is typically performed as an outpatient procedure in which the patient is placed under local or general anesthesia.

At Inspira, we use advanced techniques to ensure the biopsy process is as quick, painless and non-invasive as possible. We understand that awaiting results can be stressful. When screening reveals the need for a biopsy, we offer same day appointments and our radiologists reach out within 48-72 hours with feedback. In some cases, results can be revealed on the same day that your biopsy is performed.

Types of Biopsies

There are three primary types of biopsies, and it will be up to your doctor to decide which procedure to perform based on factors such as the size and location of the growth:
  • Fine-needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB): This approach is used most often when the suspected lump is discovered during a clinical breast exam. It is the simplest way to distinguish between a fluid-filled cyst and a solid mass.
  • Core needle biopsy: If a lump is visible on a mammogram or ultrasound, or if your doctor can feel (palpate) it during an exam, a radiologist or surgeon will use a slightly larger needle to extract breast tissue for further examination. Imaging techniques, such as a mammogram or MRI, may be used during this type of biopsy to guide the needle to the affected site. 
  • Surgical biopsy: All or a portion of the breast mass may be removed during a surgical biopsy. These procedures are performed in an operating room and require sedation.

If surgery is needed, Inspira, utilizes SAVI SCOUT® technology whenever possible. This passive device, which is roughly the size of a grain of rice, is implanted conveniently at our biopsy locations any day prior to surgery. During surgery, SCOUT® helps surgeons locate tumors, therefore sparing healthy breast tissue. In addition, this technology increases patient comfort and decreases procedure time. Learn more about  SAVI SCOUT®.

If you’d like more information about your or a loved one’s cancer care, or to receive a second opinion about a diagnosis, call 1-800-INSPIRA.


Why Choose Inspira?

Nationally Recognized for Excellence in Breast Cancer Treatment

Inspira’s Breast Cancer Program includes a nationally accredited Breast Center in the Frank and Edith Scarpa Regional Cancer Pavilion at Inspira Medical Center Vineland. The Center is accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), a program administered by the American College of Surgeons that recognizes centers that provide the highest level of quality breast care and undergo a rigorous evaluation process and performance review.


Advanced Imaging Technology

Early detection saves lives. It’s why we put so much emphasis on having the most innovative breast imaging and screening devices available for our breast cancer patients. Our local imaging centers provide access to digital and 3D mammograms, non-invasive ultrasound machines and breast MRI, among other technologies. When cancer is suspected, patients can move forward quickly through diagnostic imaging, and if needed, biopsy. Our goal is to reduce your stress whenever possible.


Multidisciplinary Cancer Team and Treatment Plans

Inspira offers a multidisciplinary breast cancer team that meets regularly to discuss each patient’s treatment plan and progress. The team includes medical and radiation oncologists, breast surgeons, pathologists, radiologists and specialists in reconstructive plastic surgery, along with cancer navigators, social workers, genetic counselors, registered dietitians, physical therapists and behavioral health specialists.


Breast Health Navigators and Other Support Programs

Our navigators connect with people when they have an abnormal mammogram, breast changes or lumps. They continue to work with everyone who is diagnosed with breast cancer to support her physical and emotional needs through treatment and survivorship. Navigators are strong advocates ensuring care coordination and managing relationships with multiple specialists involved in a patient’s care. Inspira also offers ongoing distress screening/counseling and a physical rehabilitation program that can begin before treatment to improve outcomes.