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This article was originially taken from the public domain NCI thesaurus, a huge collection of public domain definitions of medical terms.

question or comments??

Are all biopsies done to determine if there is cancer?[edit]

  • No. I've had a sample taken from my liver to determine the state of an unrelated illness. --Kizor 13:57, 20 April 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Breast Biopsy[edit]

Why is this article so heavily based around breast biopsy? It makes the reader think one might only do a FNA for breast cancer. is breast cancer just an example?Drchazz (talk) 19:11, 24 April 2010 (UTC)[reply]

Cancer and Biopsy in Nature Cure[edit]

This section seems out of place in a mainstream cancer article, so I've removed it. Biopsying tumors is standard procedure. To suggest otherwise would represent a fringe practice that is outside the scope of standard medical practice. This material may be more appropriate in an alternative medicine article. Andrew73 14:51, 18 August 2006 (UTC)[reply]

Depending on the suspected cancer, biopsy is contraindicated. Eg, a mass in a location characteristic of germ cell tumor plus abnormally high alpha fetoprotein: given this combination, some authorities recommend surgical complete removal without prior biopsy because biopsy is likely to involve "spillage" and the risk of consequent metastasis is too high. --Una Smith (talk) 20:04, 22 January 2008 (UTC)[reply]


I've started a major expansion. My approach is to try to discuss various aspects of biopsy and list a number of biopsies in each discussion to illustrate with a minimum of duplication, while "touching all the bases. Ultimately, topics that might result in lists are modality (direct detection, endoscopic, image guided), indication (screening, surveillance, diagnosis of lesion). As a number of specific biopsies have their own articles, I don't want to overduplicate. I did a lot of this from memory, so I will work on tracking down more references.Novangelis (talk) 15:41, 3 February 2008 (UTC)[reply]

I removed an advertisement...[edit]

...for the Medinvents Spirotome. It's just one device among several that use less-common variations of sample-removal procedures for breast biopsies. It could be grouped with the Intact, the Cassi, and maybe the Site Select in an "Other Breast Biopsy Methods" section. Although I see no need to refer to the various devices by name. --→ 17:28, 3 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]

External links to Wikisurgery covering fine needle aspiration biopsy and core biopsy (Tru-cut) biopsy?[edit]

Wikisurgery has 2 articles on fine needle aspiration biopsy and core needle (Trucut) biopsy containing information not covered in the main Wipedia article on needle aspiration biopsy.

Wikipedia already has external links to Wikipedia articles ie Scalpel Retractor (medical) Needle Haemostat Needle holder Forceps Scissors Surgical sutures

Would the editors care to include an external link to these 2 Wikisurgery articles?Michael Harpur Edwards (talk) 07:22, 24 November 2008 (UTC)[reply]

Someone did - but when I tried them (with Firefox) they both just gave me a blank page. - Rod57 (talk) 22:33, 26 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

How does biopsy cost in USA split[edit]

How does the cost of a biopsy in USA (average cost $5,000 ? to $14,000 ??) split between the physician or interventional radiologist , lab, and pathologist ? Does it vary much by type of cancer ? - Rod57 (talk) 22:15, 26 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

The Cancer liquid biopsy section seems out of place[edit]

As written the Cancer liquid biopsy section is about what is in development and might be useful in the future. It should perhaps be moved to a section such as New developments (although there is apparently an FDA approved 'liquid biopsy' that could be described here ? - Rod57 (talk) 22:21, 26 March 2016 (UTC)[reply]

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Add info on/links to medical equipment involved in biopsy[edit]

There don't seem to be Wikipedia pages on how biopsy equipment works, such as a biopsy gun. It would be good to mention some equipment here, and link to relevant pages (even if they don't exist yet). I lack the background to provide this information. Wstomv (talk) 16:54, 6 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]