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Second Opinion Pathology Services

MD Anderson's Pathology Department has the expertise to diagnose and classify all types of cancer, which helps oncologists choose the most effective treatment method for their patients. We provide second opinion evaluation of tissue samples submitted by physicians and pathologists for patients outside MD Anderson.

We have experts in a wide range of cancer subspecialties, including:

  • Breast
  • Dermatopathology
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Genitourinary
  • Gynecological
  • Head and neck
  • Neuropathology
  • Bone and soft tissue
  • Thoracic

Fees must be paid prior to the review. Many insurance carriers will reimburse the costs of second opinion consultations. If payment is a problem, we can work with you. Follow-up reviews are payable separately. Please remember that our service is for pathology second opinions only. We cannot discuss or recommend treatment options.

Physicians and pathologists can fill out our consultation forms below. Patients can print out the forms for their physicians to complete.

Send the completed form(s), consultation fees, materials to be reviewed and a copy of the surgical pathology report to the address below. Overnight delivery is preferred. We can also help physicians obtain diagnostic materials from an outside hospital or laboratory. A written reply will be submitted in every case.

Outside Slide Consultation
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Department of Pathology
1515 Holcombe Blvd., Box 85
Houston, Texas 77030

Phone: (713) 792-3111
Fax: (713) 794-4630 

Online Services

Take advantage of our online services, including myMDAnderson, the personalized site that helps you manage your cancer treatment:

  • Appointment schedules
  • Secure messaging with your care team
  • Patient education, billing, and more

Go to myMDAnderson

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