- 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
Testing Biopsy and Cytology Specimens for Cancer
Waiting to hear test results to find out if you have cancer can be very stressful. But a better understanding of the testing process used to diagnose and classify cancer can help you understand how test results affect treatment options. It can also help you work with your doctors to make the best decisions about your treatment.
You’ll probably have a chance to meet and ask questions of most of your health care team, which may include a surgeon, medical oncologist, radiation oncologist, oncology nurses, and many others. You’ll be able to see what these professionals do. On the other hand, you rarely meet the pathologists, histotechnologists, cytotechnologists, and medical laboratory technologists who tell you whether the cells in your biopsy sample are cancer or not.
Last Medical Review: 03/30/2015
Last Revised: 07/30/2015