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Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja, M.D.

Pathologist

Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja M.D. is a top Pathologist in Saint Louis, . With a passion for the field and an unwavering commitment to their specialty, Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja M.D. is an expert in changing the lives of their patients for the better. Through their designated cause and expertise in the field, Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja M.D. is a prime example of a true leader in healthcare. As a leader and expert in their field, Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja M.D. is passionate about enhancing patient quality of life. They embody the values of communication, safety, and trust when dealing directly with patients. In Saint Louis, MO, Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja M.D. is a true asset to their field and dedicated to the profession of medicine.
30 years Experience
Dr. Joseph Thomas Czaja, M.D.
  • Tyler, TX
  • In Univ Sch of Med, Indianapolis In
  • Accepting new patients

How long does it take for a biopsy report to come?

One or two working days, unless special stains were needed for diagnosis. Then add an extra day or two. If consultation is needed the pathologist should send out a preliminary READ MORE
One or two working days, unless special stains were needed for diagnosis. Then add an extra day or two. If consultation is needed the pathologist should send out a preliminary report.

Second opinion on biopsy?

Melanocytes lesions (moles) can be very difficult to diagnose properly, that is why there are sub specialists called “dermatopathologists”. It does take about a week to get a READ MORE
Melanocytes lesions (moles) can be very difficult to diagnose properly, that is why there are sub specialists called “dermatopathologists”. It does take about a week to get a second opinion, mostly due to shipping times.
It is not necessarily a bad sign, if anything it means that the pathologist is being thourough. The good thing is that the initial pathologist did not call it “melanoma” which would be a malignant diagnosis.

My mother's biopsy confirmed a malignant tumor. Should we consider a second opinion before the treatment?

If it is a small cell carcinoma, I would recommend beginning treatment ASAP...a second opinion would probably not be beneficial. If it is non-small cell (squamous or adenocarcinoma) READ MORE
If it is a small cell carcinoma, I would recommend beginning treatment ASAP...a second opinion would probably not be beneficial. If it is non-small cell (squamous or adenocarcinoma) consider second opinion but discuss this option with your oncologist.