Posted 1st June 2018 by Jane Williams
Pathologists identify and interpret the changes that characterise diseases in cells and tissues, both for the studying/understanding disease processes in general and obtaining clinically relevant information for individual patients. Historically, by examining biopsy specimens, pathologists identified whether a lesion was neoplastic, inflammatory, or some other broad category. As medicine evolved, the task evolved into identifying more specific classifications. For example, if it was not sufficient to make the diagnosis of cancer; it was necessary to identify the specific subtype and grade of cancer in order to inform treatment decisions that were becoming increasingly sophisticated.