I don’t have 100% confidence in the things I hear from my urologist’s front office these days for a variety of reasons, but I wanted to ask about something I was told today.
Today marks a week since my orchiectomy, and I called to see if there was any news on when we might get the pathology results back. I was told that my results were still “preliminary” and that the specimen in question was being analyzed by two different facilities. When I expressed surprise, I was told (again, by the front desk person) that this is common and doesn’t indicate anything unusual about my specimen.
Does anyone either on the patient or doctor side have any knowledge or personal experience that suggests this is true? I have read that sometimes pathologists seek a second opinion, but I hadn’t heard that analysis might be going on at two entirely different facilities at the same time. What would the reason be for this? And would this mean that I need to wait for the two different pathologists to confer with one another and agree upon a single report? Or might there be two different reports coming?
I realize that responses may be speculation, but I appreciate any thoughts on this. And I especially appreciate personal anecdotes.