A very common soft tissue surgery is the removal of lumps. Some lumps may require a biopsy prior to removal to help understand whether they are cancerous or not, which changes the approach we need during surgery. Once they have been removed, we recommend sending them to our external laboratory for analysis with a method which provides the highest chance of diagnosis.
Although most lumps are benign (not harmful), a minority are more serious (malignant). In the case of malignant/cancerous tumours, early removal and an accurate diagnosis is extremely important to maximise the chances of a good outcome.