NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms
The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 8,390 terms related to cancer and medicine.
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- open biopsy
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- A procedure in which a surgical incision (cut) is made through the skin to expose and remove tissues. The biopsy tissue is examined under a microscope by a pathologist. An open biopsy may be done in the doctor’s office or in the hospital, and may use local anesthesia or general anesthesia. A lumpectomy to remove a breast tumor is a type of open biopsy.