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How a Breast Cancer Diagnosis is Made

Doctors look at many factors to make a breast cancer diagnosis. The process may take weeks and may involve discussions with several doctors. The tissue and fluid that are removed in a biopsy will be analyzed in a laboratory to see if cancer is present. If cancer is found, more tests may be done to determine its extent. Waiting for answers can take an emotional toll. You may feel anxious, irritable or just plain frightened. You may be concerned that your cancer is spreading or growing while you're waiting for the doctors. But a delay in diagnosis is normal. Even the most aggressive forms of cancer aren't likely to change significantly in a few weeks. Try to remember that a careful and accurate diagnosis will contribute to a more effective treatment plan, and try to cope with the delay by pampering yourself with fun activities shared with loved ones.

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