About us

What is MyPathologyReport.ca?

MyPathologyReport.ca is a freely accessible medical education tool created by pathologists to help you read and understand your pathology report. We have created resources that will help you make sense of your diagnosis and the most important information described in your report.  Each article introduces the condition or disease and then highlights important features that may be included in your report. We have also created a pathology dictionary that provides plain language definitions for many commonly used words and phrases.

How is MyPathologyReport.ca different from other medical education websites?

MyPathologyReport.ca is the only website that focuses on helping you understand your pathology report. While most websites use general terms to talk about pathology reports, we provide explanations for specific types of pathology reports. Our diagnosis articles break your pathology report down into parts so that you understand what each part means and why it matters.

What is the best way to use MyPathologyReport.ca?

We designed MyPathologyReport.ca for patients who have received a copy of their pathology report. For this reason, it is best to have your pathology report in front of you when using MyPathologyReport.ca. With your pathology report in hand (or on your screen), the diagnosis section is usually the best place to start because it includes the most important information. Search for your diagnosis using the words found in your pathology report. You can also browse our complete list of articles to look for your diagnosis by name or by the area of the body involved. If you are having trouble finding your diagnosis, contact us and we will help you find it.

Who writes the articles found on MyPathologyReport.ca?

All of the articles on MyPathologyReport.ca were written by a team of practicing pathologists from across Canada. These are the same specialist medical doctors who prepare real pathology reports for Canadians every day. You can find the name of the pathologist who wrote the article at the top of the page.

How do patient partners contribute to MyPathologyReport.ca?

Patient partners have been involved in the development of MyPathologyReport.ca from the very beginning. Our first articles were reviewed by a team of patient partners at the University Health Network and The Ottawa Hospital who provided critical feedback that allowed us to improve the articles and the overall quality of the site.

Since then, all new articles are reviewed by our team of patient advisers before they go online. Our patient advisers are invited to make comments and suggestions to improve the article and the changes are incorporated into the final draft.

We also encourage patients and family members to suggest topics for new articles. In fact, more than half of the articles on MyPathologyReport.ca today were suggested by patients.

Does MyPathologyReport.ca have access to my pathology report or other medical information?

No. MyPathologyReport is independently owned and operated and is not affiliated with any hospital or patient portal. When you visit MyPathologyReport, none of your personal information is transferred to the website and we do not have access to any of your medical information.

Why can’t I find my diagnosis on MyPathologyReport.ca?

Although we do our best to add new articles to MyPathologyReport.ca every month, not every diagnosis is currently available. If you would like to see a diagnosis article added to MyPathologyReport.ca please send us a suggestion.

It is also possible that your diagnosis is available but under a different name. The best way to find your diagnosis is to search using the same words used in your pathology report. If you are still having trouble finding your diagnosis, contact us and we will help you find it.

Who should I contact if I have a question about my pathology report?

You should talk to your doctor if you have specific questions about your pathology report. You can also contact the pathologist who wrote your report by phone or email. The name of the pathologist can usually be found near the bottom of your report. Contact us if you have questions or comments about MyPathologyReport.ca.

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