- For Women Facing a Breast Biopsy
- Benign breast conditions: Not all lumps are cancer
- Diagnostic tests for breast conditions
- Types of biopsy procedures
- Questions to ask before having a biopsy
- Your breast biopsy results
- Biopsy and surgery: How they work together
- Waiting for the results
- You are not alone: Getting emotional support
- To learn more
- Appendix A: What is breast cancer?
- Appendix B: Guidelines for early detection of breast cancer
- Appendix C: Mammograms: Finding hidden breast cancer
- Appendix D: American Cancer Society support services for people facing cancer
You are not alone: Getting emotional support
You may find resources and support – including your own inner strengths – that you didn’t know existed.
If you’re married or in a committed relationship, what you’re going through will affect your partner and your relationship. Waiting for your biopsy results is a family challenge, as well as a personal one.
Other women who have been through a breast biopsy may be your strongest allies. Talking with them can be very helpful and reassuring. You can reach out – or simply listen – to others who understand your feelings and concerns.
If you learn that your diagnosis is breast cancer, you may find it helpful to talk with someone who has already been through breast cancer. Our Reach To Recovery® Program, which is available in most communities, is one of many programs that may help you. This program can put you in touch with a woman who has been diagnosed with and treated for breast cancer.
To talk with or receive a visit from a Reach To Recovery volunteer, call your local American Cancer Society office or 1-800-227-2345. Also, “Appendix D” has more information on Reach To Recovery and other resources for people facing cancer.
Remember: Most breast changes are not cancer. While it’s hard to go through the emotions and uncertainties that often come with a breast biopsy, try to learn as much as you can about what’s going on and get the support you need. For more information about breast health or breast cancer or to find support services where you live, please contact us.
Last Medical Review: 07/13/2012
Last Revised: 07/13/2012