Lack of Needle Biopsies in Breast Cancer Patients Result in Unnecessary Surgeries

June 13, 2014 8:39 PM

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Lack of Needle Biopsies in Breast Cancer Patients Result in Unnecessary Surgeries

For many women with breast cancer, a needle biopsy may be the best procedure to properly identify the tumor and potential treatment methods. Yet a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology shows that many surgeons often opt for a more invasive procedure.

"Needle biopsy really is the standard of care," said senior study author Dr. Benjamin D. Smith of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, according to Reuters.

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