How will I learn about my biopsy results, and be sure the diagnosis is mesothelioma? Question 13

After a biopsy is completed, the tissue or fluid is sent to a specialized doctor called a pathologist. Pathologists’ field of study is the origin and cause of disease. They look at the cells from biopsies under the microscope and are responsible for deciding whether cancer cells are present. 

Pathologist (pa-THOL-o-jist) A doctor who identifies diseases by studying cells and tissues under a microscope.

The pathologist who studies your biopsy will generate a report about what he or she has found and send it to your doctor. This usually takes about five days to complete. You should make an appointment for a follow-up office visit with your doctor after this time period. He or she will then go over the pathologist’s results with you. 

It is important to bring someone along with you to this appointment if possible. This person can help you remember all the information that is given to you by your doctor, which can sometimes be overwhelming. He or she can also be a support to you during this stressful period.

You need to make sure that the diagnosis in your case is correct, and you have every right to ask certain specific questions about the biopsy. Since mesothelioma is not a common disease, your primary doctor should make sure that all the appropriate testing has been performed on the specimen, including special stains (those immunos we talked about before), in order to distinguish mesothelioma from other cancers like adenocarcinoma of the lung. 

If there is any question, a common practice is to send the slides of the biopsy to specialists in mesothelioma, who can consult (re-read the slides to confirm the report) and render an opinion on the case. You should ask your doctor to have the slides read in consultation by pathologists who are specific experts in mesothelioma.  


How will I learn about my biopsy results, and be sure the diagnosis is mesothelioma? Question 13 How will I learn about my biopsy results, and be sure the diagnosis is mesothelioma? Question 13 Reviewed by Ari on 6:42 PM Rating: 5

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