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May 1980

Value of Needle Biopsy in Outpatient Diagnosis of Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations

From the Breast Cancer Unit, Guy's Hospital, London.

Arch Surg. 1980;115(5):652-653. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1980.01380050074017

• Outpatient needle biopsy of suspected breast cancers has been performed on 151 patients. Of 135 who were ultimately diagnosed as having a malignant tumor, 107 were correctly diagnosed on the initial needle biopsy, a success rate of 79%. The procedure is well tolerated by most patients and enables family support during a very stressful period. Furthermore, outpatient histopathologic confirmation of cancer allows adequate preoperative investigation and more efficient use of operating theater time.

(Arch Surg 115:652-653, 1980)

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