Regardless of which biopsy approach is performed, after the sample is removed it is a few days wait for the pathology report.

Waiting is a difficult part of this experience. Many health centers recommend the use of complementary therapies to allay some of the pain and anxiety.

Hypnosis, for example, has been shown to be helpful. Several doctors from Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City studied 20 women who were scheduled to receive breast biopsies. The patients were assigned to either a hypnosis group or a non-hypnosis group. The researchers found that the hypnosis group had considerably less pain, less anxiety and were more satisfied with the procedure. You can visit the Washington Post web site to read an article Hypnosis Eases Pain of Breast Cancer Surgery, for more details.

Some helpful things to consider before and after the biopsy may help ease the tension of waiting for the biopsy results.

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