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Treatments Related to Biopsy

By indicating the presence and extent of cancer, a biopsy may lead to early diagnosis and treatment by surgery, radiation, chemotherapy or a combination of the three. The elected therapy depends on the type of cancer and if it has metastasized to other areas of the body.
In addition to biopsy, other tests for cancer include:
  • Imaging tests – CT  (computed tomography) scan, ultrasound, MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and X-rays
  • Blood tests
  • Genetic tests
  • Colonoscopy
  • Mammography
The doctor may recommend stopping drug treatments for other health conditions prior to a biopsy. These include aspirin, Coumadin (warfarin), and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) that impair the blood’s ability to coagulate. However, no medication should be discontinued without the advice of the doctor.

Locations for Biopsy