• Is it important to specifically see a pathologist?

    Asked by HotRodTodd on Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Is it important to specifically see a pathologist?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • nancyjac's Avatar

      No, a pathologist does not typically see patients. Pathologist work primarily in a lab examining and analyzing blood and tissue samples. The results are provided to you oncologist or other applicable physician.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      A pathologist is sort of like a radiologist in that they are important to reading and interperting test results but patients usually don't see them in person. A pathologist is given a biopsy or surgery sample and he or she examines it to determine what it is and what it means. These results are given to the other Drs who usually present the results to the patient and determine the treatment based on what the pathology indicates. This does not mean you can't see the pathologist. If you have questions that the other Drs can;t answer then by all means ask to meet with the pathologist, just be aware that they are usually not used to talking directly to patients and may not know how to word things in a manner that you can easily understand. Hope this helps

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      As a nurse, I think that it is a great addition to any health care team to have a pathologists; and they do see patients as well. Pathologists perform bone marrow transplants, fine needle aspirations, and they council blood donors also. They can provide a definitive diagnosis, and patients do see them with a doctors' referral. In some institutions, they are a part of the multidisciplinary team, and can give very effective patient education on the patients condition, and their disease management pathway. They really enhance the patients care. Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago

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