Lymph Node Aspiration

This procedure is handled in the same way as the fine needle aspiration; it is done to confirm the spread of breast cancer to the lymphatic system or possible lymphoma.

Fine Needle Aspiration

Using ultrasound guidance, a very thin needle attached to a syringe is used to withdraw (aspirate) a small amount of fluid or tissue from the suspicious area. This fluid or tissue is sent for microscopic analysis to detect cancerous cells.

Cyst Aspiration

Using ultrasound guidance, a very thin needle is used to aspirate the fluid. This fluid is sent to a lab for microscoping evaluation to rule out cancer cells.

Ultrasound Biopsies

A biopsy is done in order to determine if your breast mass is malignant. A mammogram or ultrasound can find a suspicious area but only a biopsy can make a tissue diagnosis.

  • Ultrasound guided needle core biopsy - is performed by inserting a needle into the breast mass using an ultrasound as guidance in order to attain multiple cores of tissue to send for a pathology examination. A biopsy marker will be placed in the breast for future surgical or diagnostic reference.
  • Incisional biopsy - a surgical biopsy that removes only a small piece of the lump or tissue in order to determine if it is benign or malignant.
  • Excisional biopsy - removes the entire mass or abnormal area as well as surrounding margins.

Partial Breast Radiation

The delivery of radiation only to the area of the breast that is at the highest risk for recurrence, thereby minimizing radiation exposure to the healthy tissue.

L-Dex (Lymphedema Testing)

The lymphedema index (L-Dex™) is a measurement system that is used to assist in the assessment of unilateral lymphedema of the arm (swelling occurring only in one arm).