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Breast Cancer and the Breast Biopsy

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How Do I Care for Myself After a Breast Biopsy?

A special bra and dressings may be worn over the breast biopsy site after the procedure. These may be removed approximately two days after the biopsy. Small tapes, or possibly stitches, will remain over the incision site; do not remove these yourself. They will be removed at a follow-up appointment, or fall off by themselves.

You may be asked to apply medicine or ice to the biopsy area or change the bandages at home. Your doctor will advise you about showering, bathing, and wound care.

You will be given a prescription for pain relief after the procedure. But you may take an over-the counter pain reliever if that provides sufficient relief. To reduce the risk of bleeding, do not take aspirin or products containing aspirin for the first three days after the procedure.

The area of the biopsy may be black and blue right after the procedure. This will go away in a few days.

 

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Reviewed by Angela Jain on June 19, 2014
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