We get a precise diagnosis, which is critical to creating a personalized treatment plan that meets your needs. Your Navigation Team will guide you throughout the entire process, reducing wait time and helping you manage any anxiety and stress. We also offer robust support services to treat the whole person.
Find out with our quick breast cancer risk assessment tool.
We first talk to you about your symptoms and perform a physical breast exam. To get a precise diagnosis, we may recommend other tests to determine the location and stage of breast cancer. The stage refers to how advanced the cancer is and if it has spread (metastasized). Tests include:
For a biopsy, we remove a sample of breast tissue to examine it for signs of cancer. We use minimally invasive techniques for biopsy procedures so your recovery is shorter and more comfortable. Biopsies can confirm a cancer diagnosis.
More than 99 percent of our breast biopsies are core biopsies. During this procedure, we:
A technician may use equipment to guide the physician to the exact location of the suspicious cells or lump, increasing the precision of the procedure. Equipment may include:
Call the AHN Cancer Help Line anytime at (412) NURSE-4-U (412) 687-7348 to schedule a cancer-related appointment or to just talk with our nurses about diagnoses, treatments, and side effects.
Early cancer detection saves lives. See AHN free cancer screening dates, locations and eligibility requirements for each screen offered. Then, call to register for your free cancer screenings.