A Biopsy is a surgical procedure for taking and examining a small amount of tissue from the body. Usually, a pathologist examines the removed tissue under the microscope and initiates other chemical or genetical tests. Sometimes, the doctor who did the biopsy may analyze the sample himself.
The results predict if the cells are cancerous, its type, and where the cancer originated.
The time of the results varies. In some cases, it takes minutes for the results to come. Whereas, in case of higher accurate conclusions, it may take weeks to conclude the results.
Usually, the procedure is safe, but according to some studies, there is a small risk of spreading the cancer cells while performing a biopsy.
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