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What surgical biopsies are used in oncology to diagnose cancer?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Surgical biopsy procedures in oncology might be used if your tumor is too difficult to reach via other biopsy methods or if the results of a preliminary biopsy do not appear conclusive. Surgical biopsies are more invasive than other forms of biopsy, because they require a surgeon to make an incision to reach the tumor. An incisional biopsy allows the oncologist to remove just a portion of the tumor for examination in the lab. In an excisional biopsy, the oncologist removes an entire tumor. Surgical biopsies often require general, local or regional anesthesia.

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