What is the purpose of my pathology report?

A pathology report is written anytime a sample of tissue is sent to a pathologist for examination.

A sample of tissue can be sent to a pathologist for a variety of reasons but usually it is sent for examination in order to provide a diagnosis for an abnormal area of tissue such as a bump on the skin or a lump in the breast. 


The purpose of your pathology report is to clearly communicate your diagnosis and any important pathological features about your case to the other members of your health care team.


Depending on the diagnosis, pathology reports often include important information that is required before any treatment such as surgery, radiation therapy, or chemotherapy can be offered.

Learn more:

How is my pathology report organised?

How does my pathology report contribute to my medical care?

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