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Pathology Services at Drexel Cancer Care

Pathology Microscope

Drexel Medicine's pathologists work closely with our oncologists to provide the most thorough and accurate diagnosis of cancer or precancerous conditions. Using state-of-the-art technology, Drexel Medicine's pathologists thoroughly examine tissue samples (biopsies) from patients to determine whether there are any cellular abnormalities that may indicate an inflammatory condition, cancer or precancerous condition.

If cancer is found, our pathologists stage the disease according to tumor size(s), involvement with adjacent lymph nodes, and whether the cancer has spread to other areas of the body (metastasis). This vital information helps the oncologist decide the patient's treatment plan.

Drexel Medicine's Pathology Laboratory

Drexel Medicine's pathology laboratory has the latest technologies available for accurate and timely diagnosis and prognosis of cancer including:

  • Transmission electron microscope studies
  • Flow cytometric analysis for leukemia and lymphomas
  • Diagnostic molecular studies, such as detection of K-ras mutation
  • Cancer prognostic panels read by computerized image analysis

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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