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8/24/2014I read that a woman can get an apt with a breast surgical oncologist within 24 hours which is awesome. So I have 2 questions:

1) Does she need to already have a mammo and US done?

2) How long does it usually take to get an excisional biopsy scheduled?

thank you
RepliedJHU's Breast Center Reply
8/24/2014Appointments for a new patient newly diagnosed with breast cancer are within 48 hours. for someone with a benign finding that has been confirmed to warrant surgical intervention of some kind is usually a few days longer. excisional biopsy procedures, assuming that a radiologist has already done a core biopsy or tried to do a core and couldn't thus warranting an excisional biopsy usually is a short time period. a week or so. 443-997-8282. we are happy to take care of you. That said, if no mammogram or other breast imaging has been done yet then breast imaging would be seeing the patient first prior to a surgical appt being made. Surgeons see patients when there is confirmation that surgery is needed. When a patient feels a lump or other breast abnormality, the patient is seen within 24 hours in breast imaging for diagnostic work up. that number is 410-955-4100.

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