From what I understand, NO. There are different types of cancers, for example transitional cell and squamous cell. I do not think that a path. report alone can tell if the cancer has spread. In my father's case, they did not know until a PET scan was done. I highly recommend having one for peace of mind. Not all drs. will send you so make sure to reques it. Hope this helps!
Robn, I wouldn't go with that unless someone did a 2nd opinion, and said to you it is, that hasn't happened as of yet, so wait for the second opinion, until then hold tight and be optomistic,,don't waste time getting to the specialist, best to find out whats going on to ease your mind. Ginger
NO...it does not mean that. And the report your doctor gave you was incomplete at best. You need to get ahold of the path report..it belongs to you...call the medical records department at the hospital and ask for it and then go sign your life away to get it out of their hands so you actually know what it says.
A PET scan is great but many insurance companies won't pay for it. Some facilities don't even have one...but i would think the U of Washington would..but it usually isn't ordered due to cost and insurance.
I sent you a PM...hope you got it.......Pat
This shows that they are not paying attention, we got a copy of our path report given to us by the surgeon, we have a copy of all paperwork and didn't have to ask for it, its your right,,so get busy and get it!! Ginger
I have a copy of all test and X-Ray results. Sometimes it a hassle, but you are entitled to those records. I give a copy of everything to my primary doctor. It sounds like the doctor was describing your cancer and you won't know if it has spread without further scans. Get second opinion if you are having trouble understanding or trusting present doctor.