Leukemia patients 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. Our pathology team includes specialists who are board-certified in hematology. They focus exclusively on the diagnosis of blood-based cancers, including leukemia, and share information with each other to ensure that nothing is overlooked. Members of this team are highly skilled in identifying the various types of leukemia, and they stay informed about the latest scientific findings on the pathology of blood cancers.
Game-Changer: Roswell Park pathologists have reported a 10 percent change in overall cancer diagnoses that were made outside of Roswell Park.
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 leukemia 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:
To arrange for a second opinion, call 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or fill out the Become a Patient Form.