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Soft Tissue Biopsy

What is a biopsy and why is it needed?

A biopsy is a minor procedure that is done to remove a sample of tissue and this is sent to a specially trained pathologist to be analysed. It is one of the investigations that are necessary for the multi-disciplinary team to make a diagnosis at the Multi-Disciplinary Team Meeting (MDT).

How is the biopsy done?

You will have your biopsy carried out in the oncology clinic or in the Ultrasound Suite. A small incision is made to remove a sample of tissue under local anaesthetic. The sample is transported to our specialist laboratory where the tissue is examined and a diagnosis is made.

What are the risks?

  • There is a small risk of infection
  • It is possible that the biopsy may need to be repeated

When will I know the result?

The biopsy result and the results of your other scans and X-Rays are discussed by the specialist team at our weekly MDT meeting and treatment is planned. This takes approximately 14 days but can sometimes take longer. You will be contacted as soon as the result is available either by telephone or letter. You may decide to return to the oncology clinic for your results or you can choose to have your results from your GP. You will be asked how you prefer to receive your results at the time you have your biopsy taken.

How will I feel after the biopsy?

You may experience some discomfort following the biopsy and you should find that simple painkillers like Paracetamol will be sufficient. If you think you may need any stronger painkillers, please ask your GP for a prescription.

Care of the biopsy site

  • There will be a small wound which will be closed using steristrips (butterfly stitches) and covered with an absorbant dressing.
  • The dressing and steristrips should be left in place for 24 – 48 hours and then you should carefully peel off the dressing and the steristrips.

When the dressings have been removed check that the wound is clean, dry and healed. If you experience any bleeding apply pressure to the wound and add a dressing.

Who to contact for information

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the biopsy or wish to contact a member of the multi-disciplinary team, please make contact with the appropriate secretary or nurse specialist/Macmillan keyworker.

Contact Information



Macmillan Key Worker / Nurse Specialist 

Mr Parry 0121 685 4045 Andrea Slade
0121 685 4052
Professor Jeys 0121 685 4359 Andrea Slade
0121 685 4052
Mr Tillman 0121 685 4265  
Mr Evans 0121 685 4151 Nerys Davies
0121 685 4052
Mr Stevenson 0121 685 4037 Debra Dunne
0121 685 4052
Mr Morris 0121 685 4021 Debra Dunne
0121 685 4052
Mr Kurisunkal  0121 685 4399 Nerys Davies
0121 685 4052
Professor Abudu 0121 685 4398 Nicola Betteridge
0121 685 4031



Contact name and number

Oncology Nurse Consultant Anita Killingworth
0121 685 4031
Teenage Cancer Trust Clinical Nurse Specialist for 16-24 year olds Jane Forsythe
0121 685 4368
Macmillan Navigator Lisa Doyle
0121 685 4031
Macmillan Navigator Steven Bampton
0121 685 4031
Radiology Secretary Julie Wells
0121 685 4000 extension 55851


More information

Carers UK
Cancer Research
Cancer Black Care (CBC)
Teenage Cancer Trust
Sarcoma UK
Bone Cancer Research Trust (BCRT)

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