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    How long did your biopsy results take?

    I know you have mentioned you dont want to hear from undiagnosed people so I wont bother you with my story....but...I have my biopsy next wednesday and my doctor told me it would take three weeks for the results. I have a friend who has had lymphoma twice and said her results never took that long. Was just wondering if this was normal? How long did it take for you after your biopsy to get the results? Also they told me they can look at it right away and sometimes can tell just by looking under the microscope. Did any of you have your results same day? I appreciate the imput. Need something to keep my mind busy right now. Glad to see that so many of you are healthy after the battle. And for those of you currently in the battle I pray for you everyday!

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    Ii think mine took about a week.
    31 when dx with stage 4 FNHL very young. 6 cycles of RCHOP14 then 2 of COP14
    Which put me in remission. Couldn't have maintaince as mabthera lowered white cell count so far still in remission.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kartoz View Post
    Ii think mine took about a week.
    Mine took a about a week or a little less.
    I'm a 54 year old wife and mother of 5.
    I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkin's - SLL stage IV on December 5, 2011, but the tests began in early October.
    I'm watchfully waiting; this is very difficult, but it made me learn to appreciate every moment of my life.

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    Mine took a week for the biopsy and 6 days for the bone marrow scan. Stressful times.
    Age 51
    Follicular Non-hodgkins lymphoma Stage 2 on 10-28-2011
    Upgraded to Low grade follicular non-hodgkins lymphoma Stage IV on 11-11-11.
    Cancer in lymph nodes found in neck, back of abdomen, between both lungs and cancer cells found in bone marrow test.
    Prescribed Treanda and Rituxan, 4 months. To start 11-28-2011.
    Remission 2-17-2012
    Rituxan treatments start 4-25-2012, once every two months for two years
    Learning as I go.

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    There are too many variables to have a standard answer to the question of when biopsy results will be available. Sometimes pathologists can look at a sample with basic stains and know right away what it is (1-2 days), but oftentimes, specialized tests are needed to tease out the true identity of the biopsy sample (1-2 weeks). Sometimes, further specialized tests are required due to inconclusive results from the first round of evaluation. And, despite all of this, sometimes biopsy results are just not conclusive, or the specimen was inadequate for analysis. Additionally, sometimes samples need to be sent to an outside laboratory for additional tests, such as analysis for particular genetic mutations (3+ weeks).

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    Hi

    How long is a piece of string? As said previously it varies. I know this a stressful time for you, try and stay away from the net researching and do your very best to distract yourself. I hope that biopsy is an excisional biopsy otherwise the results will be suspect.

    Best of luck and here is hoping you get a clear answer.
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    Thank u to everyone who took the time to reply to me! I understand that each case is different. That's why I didn't ask how long will MY biopsy results take. I asked how long did your result take? Just to get an idea of the average time frame.

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    Very informative! Thank you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by smmoyer3 View Post
    Thank u to everyone who took the time to reply to me! I understand that each case is different. That's why I didn't ask how long will MY biopsy results take. I asked how long did your result take? Just to get an idea of the average time frame.
    The only wrench in the gears here might be: which type pf biopsy will it be? Fine Needle Aspiration, or excisional? FNAs often are inconclusive or may even produce false negatives. They are useful to diagnose a relapse, but may not provide sufficient tissue for a primary diagnosis. An excisional is the only type (with a proper workup) that can finalize the diagnosis.

    In my case, it was probably about one month, since I changed doctors and the hematologist ordered additional work on the tissue sample. Mine was an exception, however.
    07/08 DX PTCL - NOS, >50 tumors + BMI
    08/08-12/08 CHOEP14 + GND
    02/09 Relapse
    03/09-06/13 Romidepsin. NED for 64 cycles
    07/13 Relapse.
    08/13-02/14 Romidepsin increased.
    09/14 Relapse
    10/06/14 One cycle Belinostat.
    10/13/14 AngioImmunoblastic TCL + PTCL-NOS
    10/25/14 Trial of Alisertib/Failed.
    01/12/15 Belinostat resumed/Failed 02/23/15
    02/24/15 Pralatrexate/Failed 04/17/15
    04/22/15 TREC started. Full response.
    07/15 Haploidentical transplant prep.
    07/17 Transplant.
    07/21/Current - Blood nose dive. Witing for engraftment.



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    It is excisional. Which also makes me a bit nervous because of where it is (left supraclavicular). How was the pain following the procedure?

 

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