When it comes to a breast biopsy, you have options

Dr. Marc Inciardi
Marc Inciardi, MD

You’ve just been told your mammogram shows an abnormality and requires a breast biopsy. Does your doctor recommend a surgical procedure or less invasive, less expensive needle biopsy?

At The University of Kansas Health System, a needle biopsy is the preferred screening method. Our doctors call it the new standard of patient care. The National Cancer Data Base says breast needle biopsies should be performed 90% of the time. The University of Kansas Health System surpasses that benchmark.

Marc Inciardi, M.D. of breast radiology says if your primary care physician or surgeon does not recommend a needle biopsy, ask "why not?" And, get a second opinion from a radiologist experienced in needle biopsy of the breast; the more experience, the better.

Dr. Inciardi says needle biopsies of the breast are just as accurate as a surgical biopsy, less expensive, lets the patient avoid the operating room, no scar, less tissue removed (less deforming) and offers a faster healing time with most patients able to return to work the same day.

Also, a surgical biopsy that finds cancer often eliminates a woman’s options in the next stage of diagnosis and treatment.

To learn more or schedule a consultation, contact the breast imaging department at 913-588-1227.

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