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How soon can you get the biopsy results for colorectal cancer?

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It may take a few days to get the results of your biopsy. If you do have cancer, the doctor will determine how aggressive it is and whether it started in your colon or spread there from somewhere else. You may need more tests before you and your doctor can find the best treatment plan.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal cancer screening tests," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy."

Cancer.net: "Colorectal Cancer -- Diagnosis."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Colorectal Cancer: The Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer."

University of Mississippi Medical Center: "Colorectal Cancer Biopsy & Pathology."

Mayo Clinic: "Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer."

Screenforcoloncancer.org: "Colonoscopy."

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center: "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 09, 2018

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: "Colorectal cancer screening tests," "Frequently Asked Questions About Colonoscopy and Sigmoidoscopy."

Cancer.net: "Colorectal Cancer -- Diagnosis."

National Center for Biotechnology Information: "Colorectal Cancer: The Diagnosis and Management of Colorectal Cancer."

University of Mississippi Medical Center: "Colorectal Cancer Biopsy & Pathology."

Mayo Clinic: "Types of biopsy procedures used to diagnose cancer."

Screenforcoloncancer.org: "Colonoscopy."

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center: "Colonoscopy."

Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 09, 2018

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