You are healthier because of the medical expertise of pathologists, who are physicians committed to accurately diagnosing disease so that you can begin treatment.
Every time you get blood drawn or have tissue analyzed during surgery, a pathologist is working with your primary care physician or surgeon to provide an accurate diagnosis and develop the right treatment for you.
Diagnosis is not only the prerequisite for treatment, it is also the point at which healing begins.
When Martina Wood received a diagnosis of stage 2 breast cancer, she was scared for her life. She also wanted answers to her questions about the disease and how to best move forward with her treatment. Follow Martina on her journey for answers, a journey that ultimately leads her to building a partnership with her pathologist.
Lisa Aaronson experienced repeated miscarriages and was desperate for an explanation. Her doctor suggested genetic testing. To Lisa, a single test that could help her learn more about her ability to get pregnant and inform her of a baby’s predisposition to certain diseases was an obvious decision. Find out how Lisa used the results of her genetics testing to learn more about her health and grow her family.
Kalisha A. Hill, MD, FCAP is a mother, a runner and a pathologist. She believes that a healthy lifestyle can prevent many of the diseases she diagnoses every day. You’ll meet her, learn about her expertise and see why her clinical partners rely on her diagnoses to guide their treatment decisions. Healing begins with her and that’s what patients count on for their care.
Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, MD, FCAP often calls herself a cellular detective, solving the mystery of disease under the microscope. Surgeons send their patients’ tissue samples to her for a diagnosis, and she knows that getting the answers right is high stakes—life and death.
You may never see your pathologists, but they see you and they care deeply about your health. After surgery, blood tests, or procedures, you may receive your pathology report online or in the mail. You can be confident in the report because the work of examining your blood or tissue was done by a pathologist, a physician specially trained in the study and diagnosis of disease. A pathology report may not always be the easiest information to comprehend, but don't worry. Find out the most important information you need to know in your report.Download the overview
As physicians, family members, and patients ourselves, we know you have many questions, concerns, and fears after receiving a cancer diagnosis. As pathologists, we suggest starting a meaningful dialogue with your health care team with five simple questions:
Once you have answers, you may want to know even more about your diagnosis, treatment options, and impact of cancer on your lifestyle. Here are additional questions you may want to ask your doctor: