Histology / Pathology
What is histopathology?
Histopathology refers to the microscopic examination of tissue in order to study the manifestations of disease (viral or not). Specifically, in clinical medicine, histopathology refers to the examination of a biopsy or surgical specimen by a pathologist, after the specimen has been processed and histological sections have been placed onto glass slides. This is the most important tool of the anatomical pathologist in routine clinical diagnosis of Cancer and other diseases.
The histological slides are examined under a microscope by a pathologist, a medically qualified specialist. This medical diagnosis is formulated as a pathology report describing the histological findings and the opinion of the pathologist. In the case of cancer, this represents the tissue diagnosis required for most treatment protocols.
Following neurosurgery or a biopsy it is likely that you will have an appointment to see your neurosurgeon who will give you the results of the biopsy before you see your neuro-oncologist. Ideally this will be at least one day before your neuro-oncology appointment.
At this stage things are likely to be moving at quite a fast pace and you may feel like you have no time at all to even begin understanding what is happening. You will be told the type of tumour you have and what grade it is when you get your biopsy result. This may come as a shock to you but because of the severity of your diagnosis you may only have one or two days to digest the news before you see your neuro-oncologist.
With these things in mind we feel that it is important that you take someone with you to receive your results and to at least your first appointment with your neuro-oncologist.
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