Patients with colorectal tumors 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.
Our pathology department tests each patient’s colorectal cancer sample for the presence or absence of specific genetic mutations or unique characteristics. This information allows the colorectal team to determine whether a specific patient would benefit from a specific drug or therapy, sparing others from undergoing treatments unlikely to help them. This type of testing is not available at all pathology laboratories. Roswell Park tests for:
Game-Changer: 10 percent of patients received a change in diagnosis after coming to Roswell Park from another care facility.
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 how to read your pathology report.
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 colorectal 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.
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:
Am I confident in the diagnosis or treatment options I’ve been given? Am I comfortable with my treating physician? Has my physician clearly explained all treatment options — not just the ones he or she prefers? Are there clinical research studies offering new treatments for my cancer? Was my cancer diagnosed at an office or community hospital setting or in a comprehensive cancer center? Does my insurance plan require a second opinion? If not, what type of coverage does it provide for second opinions?
To arrange for a second opinion, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or fill out the online Become a Patient Form.