After this testing, it typically takes a few days to 2 weeks to review the results and confirm your diagnosis. Getting your test results can take time because your care team is working hard to determine an accurate diagnosis for you.
Many health care professionals collaborate in the process and provide expert analysis, including your oncologist (cancer doctor), radiologist, and pathologist. Years of experience studying breast cancer every day means your pathologist can accurately identify critical details, such as whether the cancer:
i. Is invasive or noninvasive
ii. Is aggressive or slow growing
iii. The subtype of your breast cancer
Your care team will also determine the stage of breast cancer. Staging describes the size of the cancer and whether (and how far) it has spread. Staging is the most important step in planning your treatment.
Learn about breast cancer stages »