- Testing Biopsy and Cytology Specimens for Cancer
- How is cancer diagnosed?
- Overview of biopsy types
- Overview of cytology types
- What happens to biopsy and cytology specimens after they are removed from the patient?
- What do doctors look for under the microscope?
- Special studies in cancer diagnosis
- How long does biopsy and cytology testing take?
- What can you do to learn more about your pathology results?
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our Web site, 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)
National organizations and Web sites*
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)
Web site: www.cancer.gov
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
Web site: www.MyBiopsy.org
Offers free, comprehensive information on more than 35 of the most common cancers and cancer-related conditions, including breast, colon, lung, and skin. The Web site 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: 01/29/2013
Last Revised: 03/07/2013