Your doctor may recommend a biopsy if he or she finds something suspicious during a physical exam or other tests. A biopsy is the main way doctors diagnose most types of cancer. Other tests can suggest that cancer is present, but only a biopsy can make a diagnosis. During a biopsy, a doctor removes a small amount of tissue to examine under a microscope. It may take place in your doctor’s office. But sometimes surgery or another procedure may be needed to get a tissue sample. The type of biopsy you receive depends on where the possible tumor is located.

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Types of biopsies

A common site for a bone marrow aspiration and biopsy is the pelvic bone. This bone is located in the lower back by the hip. The doctor usually numbs the skin in that area with medication beforehand. Other types of medication to block pain, or anesthesia, may be used. Learn more about what to expect during a bone marrow biopsy.