The amount of time it will take to receive your results depends on how many tests are needed on the sample to make a diagnosis. A malignant tumor is cancerous and can spread to other parts of the body.
Based on this analysis, a pathologist determines whether the tissue removed contains a tumor. The pathologist can help determine the type of tumor and if it is noncancerous or cancerous.
Talk with your doctor about any concerns you may have.
Occasionally, surgery may be needed to get a tissue sample.
The type of biopsy you receive depends on where the possible tumor is located.
A member of your health care team will explain the procedure to you.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that states you understand the benefits and risks of the biopsy and agree to have the test.
A straightforward, uncomplicated result can often be given within 2 to 3 days after the biopsy.
A more complicated result can take 7 to 10 days if more testing on the tissue is needed.Other tests can suggest that cancer is present, but only a biopsy can make a definite diagnosis.Your doctor may recommend a biopsy if something suspicious is found during a physical exam or another test. Sometimes, a biopsy may be performed with the help of an imaging test, such as an ultrasound, CT scan, or MRI (see below).The doctor who performs your biopsy depends on the type of biopsy you need and what part of the body is being examined.Types of doctors include: Preparation for a biopsy depends on the type you will have.For some types of biopsies, you may need to hold your breath or remain still while a biopsy needle is inserted.