Keep Calm and Carry On.

Waiting for Biopsy Results

Sometimes, when there’s an abnormal finding in the breast, a biopsy is needed to check whether or not it’s breast cancer. Although it can be scary, keep in mind most breast biopsies in the U.S. don’t show cancer [1].

Even so, waiting for your biopsy results can be hard. Be sure to ask your health care provider when you can expect the results.

If breast cancer is found, it can be treated. With standard treatment, most people with breast cancers found early have a good prognosis (high chance of survival).

Learn about breast cancer treatment.

While you wait for your biopsy results

Stay busy. Keep up with your normal routine. Do things you enjoy.

Talk with your family and friends. Use your support system. Talking about your fears may make them a little less worrisome.

Get informed. Learn about pathology reports, possible results and potential next steps from trusted organizations like Susan G. Komen®. This will help you make informed decisions. You may feel more in control if you know what to expect.

Sometimes too much information can be overwhelming though! You know your limits. Read what you are comfortable with, then stop. If you feel you have more information than you can handle, set it aside for a later time. 

Understanding your diagnosis

If the biopsy results show you have breast cancer, learning about the factors that affect prognosis and treatment can help you understand your diagnosis. Then, together with your health care provider, you can make informed decisions about your treatment.

This information is found in your pathology report.