Pathology and Your Health

Pathology And Your Health

Your journey to good health begins with an accurate diagnosis.

As pathologists, we’re the physicians who see you at the cellular level.

We’re leading the laboratories, ensuring quality, so you can get the medical answers you need and have peace of mind.

Patients See Their Cancer Up-Close

A pathologist develops an innovative and unique program, giving patients the rare opportunity to sit down with her to get an up-close and personal look at their very own cancer. These patients now have the strength, hope, and power to better manage their fear and anxiety after the cancer diagnosis. Follow one patient's journey to the microscope.

New Streamlined Testing for Celiac Disease

Celiac disease can develop at any age after people begin eating foods or taking medicine that include gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. Proper testing and diagnosis for celiac disease can be a long, frustrating and sometimes expensive process, until now. The College of American Pathologists introduces a streamlined, effective strategy using an algorithm to improve diagnosis of celiac disease, helping millions of Americans.

How to Read Your Pathology Report

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.

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Targeted Cancer Therapy

Dr. Kimberly Allison is a pathologist specializing in breast cancer diagnosis. She’s also a young mother. Imagine her shock when she became a breast cancer patient herself. Find out how precision medicine and targeted therapy saved her life and could save yours, too.

Knowledge is Power for Breast Cancer Survivor

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.

Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing

People are turning to direct-to-consumer genetic testing to learn about their ancestry and much more. However, pathologist Dr. Gail Vance advises caution if you have concerns about cancer or other medical conditions. Find out why you may need to consult a medical expert.

Screening for Breast and Cervical Cancer

Early detection is the key to diagnosing cancer before it’s too late and saving lives. But the screening process can be scary for some women. Follow Brenda Rodgers on her visit to the hospital for a mammogram and Pap test. Meet the pathologist who makes the diagnosis and gives women like Brenda the answers they need about their health.

The Race to Healing

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.

Recently Diagnosed with Cancer?
Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Your Diagnosis

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:

  1. Does my diagnosis mean I have cancer?
  2. What type of cancer do I have?
  3. Is my cancer treatable, and if so, how will you treat it?
  4. What is my prognosis?
  5. What resources can I trust to help me with next steps?

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:

  • What is cancer exactly and what does it mean for my life?
  • Which doctors made the diagnosis and how did they figure it out?
  • What type of tumor do I have?
  • I’ve heard about personalized medicine and targeted therapy in the news. Am I eligible for these treatments?
  • Based on my diagnosis, are my family members at increased risk for developing cancer?
  • What will cancer really mean for my life? Is my life in danger? How long do people typically live with a diagnosis like mine?
  • Has my cancer spread to other parts of my body? Will it?
  • Am I going to suffer?
  • What side effects can I expect from treatment for my cancer?
  • Can I work? Have sex? Is it contagious?
  • What if none of the treatment options work?