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Due to inclement weather the Advancements in Breast Cancer event scheduled for Tuesday, February 20 is cancelled. Compass Business Office, East, Rose Quarter and Vancouver locations will be closing at 2 pm today. Compass Business Office and Rose Quarter will open late on Wednesday at 10 am. Be safe!

Cancer Surgery

Surgery is used to diagnose cancer, determine its stage, and to treat cancer. One common type of surgery that may be used to help with diagnosing cancer is a biopsy. A biopsy involves taking a tissue sample from the suspected cancer for examination by a specialist in a laboratory. A biopsy is often performed in the physician's office or in an outpatient surgery center. A positive biopsy indicates the presence of cancer; a negative biopsy may indicate that no cancer is present in the sample.

When surgery is used for treatment, the cancer and some tissue adjacent to the cancer are typically removed. In addition to providing local treatment of the cancer, information gained during surgery is useful in predicting the likelihood of cancer recurrence and whether other treatment modalities will be necessary.