Topic: Biopsy, inconclusive, non diagnostic. Can someone help me understand
When my husband was first diagnosed the Dr. could only take a brushing of the tumor cells, since they could not reach the tumor. Came back inconclusive. However, the Dr. said he was positive it was bile duct cancer. He received no chemo or radiation. Then the tumor spread and blocked the food drainage from his stomach and a new opening had to be provided to drain his stomach. The surgeon did not take a biopsy - said he didn't know he was supposed to. The oncologist said he needed a biopsy to be able to start chemo treatment. So, a needle biopsy was taken. Three tissue sample were sent to pathology. Came back non diagnostic. Not capable of providing necessary cell info. The oncologist is out of town for Christmas and not back until 28th Dec. His nurse said she would save an appointment for us but its the Dr's call on this one. Whatever that means. He did mention that the insurance would need to have biopsy clarification in order to pay. Anyone else have this kind of trouble with biopsies, or how a biopsy was eventually done and proved satisfactory. This last surgery on his stomach has left him very weak. I hope the Dr's are not thinking of doing stomach surgery again. Since all Dr's agree that it is bile duct cancer I wonder if this should be suffiicient for the insurance people.