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Unread 11-12-2003, 07:48 AM
how long for pathology report?

does it take a few days or longer? also does the doctor look over your organs in the or?
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Unread 11-12-2003, 09:51 AM
how long for pathology report?

It would be rare for the pathologist to actually peak at you during your surgery. What does happen a lot though is that the surgeon gives the pathologist samples of tissue during the surgery to evaluate. This information is used to help the surgeon determine if there is cancer, how far it has spread, and whether enough cutting has been done.

So, some info is usually available at the time of surgery. The "final" path report is usually available within a week, sometimes sooner. Specialized tests (like tests of sensitivity to particular chemotherapy agents) make take a bit longer.

Hope this helps

Unread 11-12-2003, 09:59 AM
Just my experience

During the surgery, my gyn/onc took the uterus, tubes and ovaries and did some kind of 'freeze' technique which showed him the tumor was contained in the uterus.

This was good news, but unfortunately did not tell all the story. Do not let yourself get excited, or upset, until the pathology report gets back.

Mine showed cancer in one lymph node out of ten. So we stopped our celebration and had reality hit us square in the face.

I had my surgery on a Monday morning. Was told how wonderful everything was contained. Our two sons, wives, grandkids, brother, my mother were all elated.

On Thursday, as I was being released, the doctor came in and told me the path report. So for me it took four days.

I'll be keeping you in my good thoughts,
nancy j
endo ca Stage 3
Awaiting start of radiation/chemo
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Unread 11-12-2003, 10:39 AM
about a week

I had surgery on Thursday, went home on Sunday and my doctor called the end of that week. During surgery, she sent everything to the lab and waited. When they had taken a look at everything and determined at that point that the cancer was very localized and had not progressed beyond the endometrial lining and was high up in the uterus, did she then proceed to check out every organ in sight.. she told me she checked the kidneys, liver, spot where my gallbladder used to be, bladder, bowel etc. The final pathology report confirmed all of this. It's true that you can't jump to conclusions until the final pathology reports are back. I have a copy of all of it and it was confirmed by 2 different labs. Hopefully, your's will all be good.
Unread 11-12-2003, 12:51 PM
how long for pathology report?


I agree with what the others have said. The surgeon will do a frozen section during the surgery to confirm Cancer, and will also do a surgical staging where they will look very carefully at all of your pelvic and abdominal organs to look for any signs of spread. They will also often take biopsies from some of these organs and also remove a number of lymph glands to check for spread.

You need to wait for the results of the "final" pathology report to be sure of the results. My initial pathology report that came in 3 days after the surgery was very different from the final one. But my GYN/ONC who did my surgery had warned me of this. My surgery was complicated by the fact that they found what turned out to be two different types of cancer -- endometrial and ovarian. The GYN/ONC had told me that my biopsies would have to be examined be several experts to try to determine if this was all one cancer or two. Also, if the lymph nodes were positive, which cancer was it that had spread? It took 3 weeks to get the final report. The inital report said it was all endometrial cancer, but the final one determined that it was 2 different cancers and it was the ovarian cancer that was in the lymph nodes. This made a big difference in what was recommended for treatment.
Unread 11-12-2003, 06:48 PM
how long for pathology report?

Hi Cyndee..

I would imagine that the pathology report should be back within the week. I know mine was.

As for looking at the organs during surgery, You do not even want to know what happens. My daughter in law is a nurse and she said that during a hyst, they actually remove things to look around and then put everything back when done. That is another reason why we feel funny after surgery. My surgeon gynocologist/oncologist actually told me that he did not remove my appendix because they looked good.

Be Well..

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