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Patients with stomach cancer interact with many doctors during the course of their treatment, but rarely do they meet the specialist who plays a critical role in the outcome: the pathologist who diagnoses their cancer by analyzing samples of blood, tissue and body fluid. Precise diagnosis is what drives patient decisions and therapy. If the pathology is wrong, everything that follows will likely be incorrect as well.
It takes years of training and a specific skill set to become an expert pathologist. After medical school, doctors complete a minimum of four years in a pathology training program and generally pursue additional training in a subspecialty.
Never before have pathologists been so critically important. Recent scientific developments have led to an explosion of information about markers and genomic analysis that helps to identify specific cancer types and pinpoint which one will be more aggressive or more likely to respond to a particular treatment than another type.
Even if all you need is a second opinion from Roswell Park, we’re here for you! A second opinion is the best way to reassure you that your initial diagnosis of stomach cancer is accurate and the recommended treatment strategy is right for you! Over a century, our specialists have successfully worked with community doctors, and are happy to discuss and share information, as needed. If you come to Roswell Park for a second opinion, you are under no obligation to receive care or treatment here.
Roswell Park pathologists reported that 10 percent of patients received a change in diagnosis after coming to RPCI from another care facility.
It’s always a good idea, but especially important if:
If you’re still not sure whether to ask for a second opinion, ask yourself:
To arrange for a second opinion, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or fill out the online Become a Patient Form.
The pathologist will report on what was found in the tissue sample from your biopsy. It will include whether cancer cells were found, and what type. The pathology report will also include the followings:
Cancer treatments are becoming more and more targeted, so an accurate and comprehensive analysis by a pathologist is critical in determining the best approach. Learn more about how to read your pathology report.