Getting oncology results can be a nerve-wracking experience. But understanding the process and how long it takes can help ease some of the anxiety. The time it takes to get the biopsy results depends on how many tests are needed in the sample. Routine biopsy and cytology results may be ready as soon as 1 or 2 days after the sample reaches the laboratory.
But there are many reasons why some take much longer to complete. A specialist doctor needs to examine your scan and write a report. They send the report to your cancer specialist, who will give you the results. It usually takes a couple of weeks for results to arrive.
But you may be ready sooner if your specialist puts urgent on the scan request form. The results usually take between one and two weeks. Your medical team should be able to give you an idea of when to expect test results. The result can often be given within 2 to 3 days after the biopsy.
A result that requires a more complicated analysis can take 7 to 10 days. When and how you'll get your results are important questions to ask your doctor before the test. The results, called a pathological report, may be ready as soon as 2 or may take up to 10 days. Comprehensive information for people with cancer, families and caregivers, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the voice of the world's cancer professionals.