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Thread: How long did your biopsy results take?

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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 53
    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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    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 Age 56 DX 1) Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma-Not Otherwise Specified. Stage IV-B, >50 ("innumerable") tumors, bone marrow involvement.
    08/08-12/08 Four cycles CHOEP14 + four cycles GND (Cyclofosfamide, Doxorubicin, Vincristine, Etoposide, Prednisone & Gemcitabine, Navelbine, Doxil)
    02/09 2) Relapse.
    03/09-06/13 Clinical trial of Romidepsin > long-term study. NED for 64 twenty-eight day cycles, dose tapered.
    07/13 3) Relapse, 4) Suspected Mutation.
    08/13-02/14 Romidepsin increased, stopped for lack of response. Watch & Wait.
    09/14 Relapse/Progression. Visible cervical nodes appear within 4 days of being checked clear.
    10/06/14 One cycle Belinostat. Discontinued to enter second clinical trial.
    10/25/14 Clinical trial of Alisertib/Failed - Progression.
    01/12/15 Belinostat resumed/Failed - Progression. 02/23/15
    02/24/15 Pralatrexate/Failed - Progression. 04/17/15
    04/15 Genomic profiling reveals mutation into PTCL-NOS + AngioImmunoblastic T-Cell Lymphoma. Stage IV-B a second time. Two dozen tumors + small intestine (Ileum) involvement.
    04/22/15 TREC (Bendamustine, Etoposide, Carboplatin). Full response in two cycles. PET/CT both clear. Third cycle followed.
    06/15-07/15 Transplant preparation (X-rays, spinal taps, BMB, blood test, MUGA scan, lung function, CMV screening, C-Diff testing etc. etc. etc.) Intrathecal Methotrexate during spinal tap.
    BMB reveals 5) 26% blast cells of 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome MDS), a bone marrow cancer.
    07/11-12/15 Cyclofosfamide + Fludarabine conditioning regimen.
    07/16/15 Total Body Irradiation.
    07/17/15 Moderate intensity Haploidentical Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant receiving my son's peripheral blood stem cells.
    07/21-22/15 Triple dose Cyclofosfamide + Mesna, followed by immunosuppressants Tacrolimus and Mycophenolate Mofetil.
    07/23-08/03/15 Marrow producing zero blood cells. Fever. Hospitalized two weeks.
    08/04/15 Engraftment occurs, and blood cells are measureable - released from hospital.
    08/13/15 Day 26 - Marrow is 100% donor cells. Platelets climbing steadily, red cells follow.
    09/21/15 Acute skin Graft versus Host Disease arrives.
    DEXA scan reveals Osteoporosis.
    09/26/-11/03/15 Prednisone to control skin GvHD.
    11/2015 Acute GvHD re-classified to Chronic Graft versus Host Disease.
    05/2016 Tacrolimus stopped. Prednisone from 30-90mg daily tried. Sirolimus begun.
    09/16/16 Three skin punch biopsies.
    11/04/16 GvHD clinical trial of Ofatumumab (Arzerra) + Prednisone + Methylprednisolone begun.
    12/16 Type II Diabetes, Hypertension - both treatment-related.
    05/17 Extracorporeal Photopheresis (ECP) begun in attempt to control chronic Graft-versus-Host-Disease (cGvHD.
    06/17 Trying various antibiotics in a search for tolerable prophylaxis.
    08/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals the presence of 2% cells with 20q Deletion Myelodysplastic Syndrome, considered to be Minimum Residual Disease.
    12/17 Bone marrow biopsy reveals no abnormalities in the marrow - MDS eradicated. The steroid taper continues.
    01/18 Consented for Kadmon clinical trial of drug KD025, a ROCK2 inhibitor that is believed to help with chronic GvHD.
    To date: 18 chemotherapeutic drugs in 9 regimens (4 of them at least twice), 5 salvage regimens, 3 clinical trials, 4 post-transplant immuno-suppressant drugs, the equivalent of 1,000 years of background radiation from scanning from 45+ CT series scans and about 24 PET scans. Two lymphoid malignancies plus a myeloid malignancy lend a certain symmetry to the journey.

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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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