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Gynecologic Pathology Second Opinion Consultation

Diagnosing cancers of the female reproductive tract can be challenging, which is why second opinions are so important before treatment begins. Knowing the exact type and stage of a tumor is the only way for physicians to choose the most effective therapy for their patients. We provide second opinion services on pathology samples sent to us from pathologists or clinicians outside the MD Anderson system.

MD Anderson has pathologists who specialize in gynecologic tumors:

Russell Broaddus, MD, PhD
Michael Deavers, MD
Elizabeth Euscher, MD
Jinsong Liu, MD, PhD
Anais Malpica, MD
Preetha Ramalingam, MD
Elvio G. Silva, MD

If the diagnosis is unclear, our expertise in assessing difficult or unusual cases can help provide an accurate diagnosis. If any questions remain after our initial review, the case will be reviewed by a team of MD Anderson experts before a final diagnosis is made. Our gynecologic pathology team can also help determine if the tumor is localized or has metastasized from another region of the body. Ovarian cancer is a special interest of ours, but we provide second opinions on the full range of gynecologic cancers:

  • Ovarian
  • Uterine
  • Cervical
  • Vulvar
  • Vaginal
  • Fallopian tube
  • Placental tumors
  • Some peritoneal cancers

In most cases, we can supply a written report of our findings 48 hours after receiving pathology samples, so you won't lose valuable time choosing the right treatment facility and the most effective therapy.

Clinicians and pathologists, print out our online consultation form (pdf) and complete it to start the process.

Patients, print the form and take it to your doctor or pathologist. The completed form, along with the pathology report, glass slides and/or tissue blocks should be sent to:

MD Anderson Cancer Center
1515 Holcombe Boulevard, Unit 0085
Department of Pathology, Outside Consultation Service
Houston, Texas 77030
713-792-3111
713-794-4630 fax

*Overnight mail service is preferred.

To inquire about the results of a case sent in for consultation, please call 713-745-1231.


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