• Should I get copies of all of my pathologies?

    Asked by HardyGirl on Friday, February 22, 2013

    Should I get copies of all of my pathologies?

    6 Answers from the Community

    6 answers
    • carm's Avatar

      Yes, yes and YES!! Knowledge is power, and you can learn quite a lot on a pathology report. Best of luck, Carm RN.

      over 4 years ago
    • Tracy's Avatar

      I found out the hard way that our medical records can be deleted after a number of years - in Washington state 10 years. I have no idea what happened during my early treatments. YES get copies.

      over 4 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      Yes, you also should get or have access to all of your scan and pther test reports. My hospital now offers online access to patients so I do not have to get hard copies that temd to get lost in my house. You also need to learn how to read these reports as Drs tend to use lots of jargon and even a small difference in wording can be significant so don;t bre afraid to ask lots of questions about what the reportsd really mean and are interperted. Before you have learned how to read them they may sound scary to you but after explanation it might be better. Good Luck and good reading

      over 4 years ago
    • Lottiestuff's Avatar

      I became aware of the importance of getting copies of surgery reports, pathologies etc. after joining this site.
      I now know that even though I have Ovarian cancer, there are different types of cells and tumors within the Ovarian diagnosis. Best to know which kind you have as it can make a difference in how it is treated.

      over 4 years ago
    • HardyGirl's Avatar

      I thought so but I felt funny asking for them at the dr.s office. Didn't want them to think I was doubting what they were telling me.

      over 4 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Yes. I kept copies of dad's pathology reports, radiology reports, and lab reports. I found them useful.

      I also found it very helpful to keep a calendar just for health care, and write down everything as it happens. It helps my memory, and if something happens to me and someone else needs to take over for me at some point as a caregiver, the history is there for them.

      over 4 years ago

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