Biopsy results are provided in person on your follow-up visit. It takes 14 days on average to process biopsies. Results take longer in certain complicated cases. Please be patient.
We perform several thousand biopsies annually. It is not possible for us to call every patient with results. We require every patient to make a return appointment to discuss their results and to make sure the biopsy is healing well.
We DO NOT have the policy that if you Don't hear from us then it means the biopsy was normal. It is every patient's responsibility to follow up and receive additional treatment if needed. Unfortunately we diagnose and treat thousands of skin cancers every year. Please take an interest and responsibility for your skin lesions and make sure that you come to the clinic to find out about your results, and that you receive the required treatment if a skin cancer is discovered.
We also generally mail the results to you. We are pleased to provide a copy to you on your follow-up visit. If you would like a copy mailed to you then we can do so, however, we are generally unable to discuss the meaning of the results on the phone with you. Most skin conditions, or growths that require a biopsy are complicated, and it is challenging to discuss the detailed meaning of each biopsy report with each patient on the phone.
We are pleased to mail or fax a copy of the results to your physician and generally do so automatically if you provide us with the address or fax number of your physician.
If you have financial conditions that make it challenging for you to make a return visit then please inform us and we will help.
If you feel that your schedule is busy, and that you can not come back for a follow-up visit to discuss your results, then inform us prior to your biopsy and we will do our best to accommodate your schedule.
If these policies conflict with your schedule, then we recommend seeking care or transferring care to another dermatology group.