Lymphoma patients see many doctors during the course of their treatment, but rarely do they meet the specialist who plays the most critical role in their outcome: the hematology (blood) pathologist who diagnoses their cancer by analyzing samples of blood, lymph, and lymph tissue. Precise diagnosis enables physicians to make the best decisions about treatment options. If the pathology is wrong, everything that follows will likely be incorrect as well.
With lymphomas in particular, getting the diagnosis correct from the beginning is essential, because treatment for the different types can be very different. Roswell Park pathologists are now able to examine not only the lymphoma cell and its surface appearance but also unique characteristics of molecules — biomarkers and genetic characteristics, for example — that can identify each subtype of cancer. Our pathologists work closely with our medical oncologists to determine the type and subtype of lymphoma and help predict how the disease is likely to progress and/or respond to therapy.
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 lymphoma 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.