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you've got to ask yourself one thing… why isn't speed a priority when it comes to the determination of the presence of cancer in biopsies of potentially afflicted individuals?  I mean there are literally lives on the line, not to mention the psychological stability of those waiting for the results.  
 
unlike the other tests… biopsy analysis and reporting isn't a process where false positives are common in fact large studies have shown the occurrence to be less than 0.5% (ie. less than 1 in 200) – so basically – if it says you got it – then you got it – and remember, we're not dealing with a single core sample, but anywhere from 6 to 12 and up, and that false positive becomes increasingly infinitesimal when multiple samples are showing the same thing.
 
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so, this is the big one… the result you're waiting for… the one that determines your future – and they make you stew for 2 weeks???  
 
It always amazes me, that with particular cancers – my only personal experience being with breast (not my own ;-), they are able to make gross, but accurate determinations of the presence of cancer in frozen sections of tissue in a 10-20 minute window – DURING the operation – so the doctors can be sure they've got clean margins or that the tumour in question is indeed cancerous (I guess if previous biopsies weren't possible or practical). 
 
So, why leave the rest of us on needles and pins for 2 weeks, when you could potentially give the patient the news while they're still at the hospital or clinic recovering from the biopsy procedure itself?  If labs can send back results in 20 minutes to doctors in an O.R. that are using those results to determine if a mass even needs to be removed or not – or if further shaving of the margins is necessary – then certainly those results, whether considered "gross" or "rough" are definitely of an adequate confidence level that can be conveyed to patients simply waiting for the results to determine the course of their life.  
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but… I waited the 2 weeks (or 12 days if you wish to get picky) and then had to meet again with the urologist…  I imagine today a text would do, or you could follow your urologist's tweets with a hashtag of #my_put_your_name_here's_biopsy_results!  But, ours was in person – and of course the news wasn't good – or I wouldn't have any purpose in recounting this story.  Mine was found in both sides of the prostate and the Gleason score (used to measure aggressiveness and differentiation) was 7 (not sure if that was a 4+3 or a 3+4 – you'll have to Google the definition to get the details) – which was enough to warrant immediate attention.
 
In my case – I was given the grand total of 24 hours to determine my course of action…   (cause for another rant, tomorrow)