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    Diagnosis

    The only way to confirm cancer is for a doctor to do a needle aspiration or surgical biopsy to collect and test tissue for cancer cells.

    If It’s Cancer

    If you’re diagnosed with breast cancer, you and your doctor will need to know what type it is and how advanced it is. A check of your lymph nodes can tell if the disease has spread. Other tests give an idea of what treatments may work best for you, and still others predict the likelihood that your cancer will come back after treatment.

    Your doctor can help you understand all of these tests, and together you’ll decide on the best treatment plan for you.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on November 10, 2015
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