Pathology 101: How a pathology report explains cancer

Pathology reports on suspected cancer say if a patient has a malignancy, type of cancer and if it has spread

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In a pathology report, the diagnosis section provides the location of the tumor, its type and grade, and size.


Chances are, the treatment plan for your cancer was determined by the results on a pathology report. Before your diagnosis, you probably had a biopsy or surgery where a doctor removed cells or tissue for study under a microscope. Specialists called pathologists spend their days viewing these samples, understanding how they look compared to normal cells and preparing reports which summarize the findings on each biopsy for oncologists and surgeons.

We spoke with Cancer Center pathologist, Celina Kleer, M.D., director of the Breast Pathology Division in the Department of Pathology,to find out the information contained in a report and how your oncologist uses it to decide the best course of treatment for your cancer. Continue reading

Find your element Saturday, August 29: Learn to pave your own leadership path

Join our department of pathology for a unique "TED-like" workshop focused on leadership

Pathology_FindYourElementAre you falling into the same daily routine? Searching for inspiration? Looking for new leadership skills to use going forward in your career?

Then join our department of pathology as they host Find Your Element: Traveling the Winding Road to Leadership, a unique “TED-like” workshop focused on leadership and the road to success in health care and beyond!

The workshop will take place Saturday, August 29, 2015 from 7:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at Arthur Miller Theatre (1226 Murfin Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109) on the University of Michigan Ann Arbor’s North Campus and features an exceptional guest speaker lineup of visionaries, medical leaders and executives.

We’ll have you inspired right from the beginning of the workshop. Sir Ken Robinson, New York Times bestselling author of The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, will serve as the keynote speaker kicking off the workshop by focusing on the often unexpected turns that characterize the road to success. Continue reading