Pediatric cancer patients see many doctors during the course of their treatment, but rarely do they meet the specialist who plays a critical role in their outcome: the pathologist who diagnoses their cancer by analyzing samples of blood, tissue and body fluid. Precise diagnosis is what drives all subsequent decisions about treatment options and other patient choices.
The pathologists at Roswell Park receive extensive training in the study of cancers. They directly review all of the pathology slides from the biopsy (whether it was performed at RPCI or by an outside physician) and render an expert opinion on the key characteristics that will define your child’s cancer treatment.
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 your child needs is a second opinion from Roswell Park, we’re here for you! A second opinion is the best way to reassure you that the initial diagnosis of cancer is accurate and the recommended treatment strategy is right! For 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.