The success of a breast cancer surgery is identified by the pathology report of patient. Just like a pathology report that comes after your biopsy, you receive one after mastectomy or lumpectomy. Your pathology report becomes ready about 3 to 7 days after the surgery. This waiting period is hard but you need to have courage and patience.
Your doctor will also tell you as to how the report will be given – will the results be disclosed over the phone or would you need to visit the hospital to personally collect it? Also be aware of the fact that the pathology report comes in bits and pieces so do not drop to conclusions simply with the first part of information. In other words, there is no need to make a judgment or panic till you get all information.
Once the report is fully given, your surgeon examines it and discusses the course of remaining treatment if necessary. This can be in form of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, hormonal therapy or targeted therapy.
If you have been facing any complications post surgery, do discuss the same with your doctor for appropriate remedies before he/she begins the next treatment.