Understanding Your Pathology Report: A Comprehensive Step-By-Step Guide



If you’ve had surgery or a biopsy, the biological sample from your procedure will be sent to a pathologist working in a laboratory. The pathologist will study your sample and create a pathology report providing important information about what was found in your sample. Your pathology report will be reviewed carefully by your oncology team, and you should discuss it with your doctors to ensure you understand your specific situation.

Before you receive or review your pathology report, however, you may be looking for more information about what exactly this report is and what you can expect it to contain. You may feel some anxiety waiting for your pathology report, and deciphering the medical jargon and dense information can be daunting. Continue reading to understand the process and your pathology report in a simple, step-by-step format.