• How long should it take to get the ER/PR status from a biopsy.\?

    Asked by rozlyn1209 on Thursday, September 22, 2011

    How long should it take to get the ER/PR status from a biopsy.\?

    I've been waiting for almost two weeks for these results. It was a bone biopsy that has already been confirmed as breast cancer mets, but I can't start any therapy until I know the hormone status. As a stage IV survivor, I know that time is of the essence and I'm getting extremely frustrated and depressed over my lack of control of this.

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    • KarenG_WN's Avatar

      Hi Rozlyn,

      Waiting for tests results is so frustrating and stressful. I did some research for you, and I read that in can take a week of so, depending on how large a center is. But if it has been a couple of weeks with no update from the doctor office, if it were me I would call the doctor's office and ask when they expect to receive it. At least if they helped to manage your expectations as to when you should expect to find out out, then at least it might help to remove that part of the anxiety (every day wondering if you would find out that day, or the next).

      Please know that we are here for you and let us know how we can help. We appreciate you being among the first to join WhatNext. We have an incredible groups of breast cancer survivors on board, including RE16, a stage IV survivor. You may want to check out her journey for a look into her experiences.

      Our thoughts are with you!

      over 9 years ago
    • Brooklynchele's Avatar

      Hi Rozlyn,
      My surgery was in 2010. My recollection was that the estimate was 3-4 days. Mine took 5 days because the July 4th holiday was in between. Every facility has a different protocol. some facilities send the samples out for a second opinion. In my case, I wasn't happy with the results and consulted with a second pathologist and arranged to have the slides sent to him. The pathologist didn't like the way the test had been conducted either and ordered new stains. Unfortunately the results were still the same. I agree with Karen, there's nothing wrong with calling your doc's office to get some gauge as to when they anticipate the results.

      over 9 years ago
    • Staci1219's Avatar

      Hey Rozlyn, I am new to the network and I was just going to check on you to see how you were doing. I want you to know I am here for you if you need me through your journey and I will be praying for you. My mom is a breast cancer and AML survivor and I understand the frustration on the test but don't let it get the best of you. Stay positive, and think happy thoughts :). As Karen and Michele said, there's nothing wrong with calling your doctors, my mom stayed on top of hers all the time....especially when she had AML. If you need anything let me know, I am here to help you. Best of luck.

      over 9 years ago
    • Surviving's Avatar

      Call them today and don't give up until you get the answer or an estimated timeframe.

      almost 9 years ago
    • Ljones' Avatar

      It took two days for mine.

      over 8 years ago
    • deborahkleen's Avatar

      In my case it took 5 business days. Good Luck

      over 8 years ago
    • Nell's Avatar

      I see that your question was in 2011 so you should long since have the results. How long did it take? I would have thought you would have had results easily within two weeks. Always call your doctor's office if you haven't heard within 5 business days.

      over 8 years ago
    • Aureeree's Avatar

      GOD bless you. It takes much faith and prayer. The time for the results depends on the hospital and the lab. My doctor had mine expedited so it was ready within a week. Perhaps you may want to call your doctor, my results were communicated to me three weeks after they had been processed! Remain courageous!

      over 8 years ago
    • Nonnie917's Avatar

      I never got my answer to my tests. I keep calling and asking and getting nowhere. I know that I am HER2/neu positive, but don't know about the rest. Wish I did. Guess I will have to give the doctor's office one more call. That may not even be where I get those answers. Guess I'll find out today. Well, it's 4:00 a.m. so guess I better get back to bed and try to get some more sleep before my morning scalp surgery. I hope you get your answers soon. If not, raise XXX with them until you get your answers. We have to take our medical care into our own hands lately, if we want any answers. Good luck.

      over 8 years ago
    • Angel_1's Avatar

      It was a couple of weeks before I got my status, but I had to get on to the doctor numerous times to request it to get done. You might want to contact your doctor to see what the hold up is. Good Luck, hope all turns out well.

      over 8 years ago
    • jaybird's Avatar

      Hi, I stayed on top of this by calling different numbers at my Drs offices the people that ran the scan and even the on-call nurse at the hospital until I found my answers. They have hundreds of us so you must be your own advocate.
      Kind regards,

      over 8 years ago
    • spmorrow97's Avatar

      Mine only took about a week.

      over 8 years ago
    • fiddler's Avatar

      Two weeks seems too long. If this happened to me, I'd have been calling frequently at day five.

      over 8 years ago
    • care's Avatar

      it can take days to weeks - depending!!

      over 8 years ago

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