The breast, a term most frequently used in referral to women, is the front part of the chest that extends from the neck to the abdomen. Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer in women.
Biopsies and Excisions
A breast biopsy removes a fragment of breast tissue so it can be examined underneath a microscope to check for breast cancer and other possible disorders. Breast biopsies are most often performed after a lump is found during a breast examination or if a suspicious area is discovered during a mammogram, ultrasound or MRI.
Needle and surgical biopsies are offered. Needle biopsies remove a part of the suspicious area, and they are either an aspiration biopsy, which uses a fine needle, or a large core needle biopsy. An excisional biopsy is a type of surgical biopsy that removes the whole area of concern and usually some of the surrounding tissue.
Mammosite Catheter Placement for Radiation Therapy
After a cancerous tumor is removed from the breast, a Mammosite catheter is placed inside the lumpectomy cavity, which is the area left once a tumor is removed. This is an outpatient form of radiation therapy given to women to help them get back into their normal routine in a short amount of time.
So how does the process work? A small incision is made on the breast, the catheter is placed in the lumpectomy cavity, a radiation seed delivers the treatment during the allotted therapy time and then the catheter is removed once treatment is over.
Radiation doesn’t remain inside a woman’s breast in between the treatments.