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How reliable is a frozen section for diagnosing cancer?

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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Very. But it

Is considered preliminary until the permanent sections are fixed, stained and read.
Rarely the diagnosis is revised finding things not seen on frozen.

In brief: Very. But it

Is considered preliminary until the permanent sections are fixed, stained and read.
Rarely the diagnosis is revised finding things not seen on frozen.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology

In brief: Reliable with cautio

Frozen sections are meant to provide critical information about lesions, during surgery, that may alter the course of surgical procedure.
In expert hands these are very reliable, but not a substitute for "permanent" sections. Pathologists are usually conservative with frozen sections and will defer an opinion if they are not sure of the diagnosis on frozen section.

In brief: Reliable with cautio

Frozen sections are meant to provide critical information about lesions, during surgery, that may alter the course of surgical procedure.
In expert hands these are very reliable, but not a substitute for "permanent" sections. Pathologists are usually conservative with frozen sections and will defer an opinion if they are not sure of the diagnosis on frozen section.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Carl Van Wey
Radiation Oncology

In brief: Pretty good

Pretty good at diagnosing cancer, but not as good as the permanent sections that take a day or two, as they need chemical stains to be more accurate, and to tell what sub-type of cancer.

In brief: Pretty good

Pretty good at diagnosing cancer, but not as good as the permanent sections that take a day or two, as they need chemical stains to be more accurate, and to tell what sub-type of cancer.
Dr. Carl Van Wey
Dr. Carl Van Wey
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