- Testing Biopsy and Cytology Specimens for Cancer
- How is cancer diagnosed?
- Types of biopsies used to look for cancer
- Types of cytology tests used to look for cancer
- What happens to biopsy and cytology specimens?
- What do doctors look for in biopsy and cytology specimens?
- Tests used on biopsy and cytology specimens to diagnose cancer
- Reasons for delays in getting your biopsy and cytology test results
- How to learn more about your pathology results
- What information is included in a pathology report?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here’s more information you might find helpful. You can order free copies from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our website, www.cancer.org.
Choosing a Doctor and a Hospital (also in Spanish)
Talking With Your Doctor (also in Spanish)
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Your Pathology Report
National organizations and websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
National Cancer Institute
Toll-free number: 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237)
For accurate, up-to-date information on a variety of cancer-related topics for patients, their families, and the general public
College of American Pathologists
Offers free, comprehensive information on more than 35 of the most common cancers and cancer-related conditions, including breast, colon, lung, and skin. The website includes answers to questions about cancer, lists of available treatment options, a glossary of key terms, and pictures of normal and diseased tissues, among other features.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 03/30/2015
Last Revised: 04/20/2015