Patients with liver 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. Sometimes HCC can be very difficult to differentiate from other types of cancers. Special pathology stains called IHC (Immunohistochemistry) are needed together with an experienced liver cancer pathologist.
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 liver 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:
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.