Your Pathologist

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.

Meet the pathologists working hard to keep you healthy

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.

Genetic Testing

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.

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.

High Stakes of Diagnosis

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.

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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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?