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What is Pathology?
Pathology is the study of disease. It is the medical science that focuses on the nature, cause and development of abnormal conditions.
What is a Pathologist?
What is Anatomical Pathology?
What is a Biopsy?
Are there different types of Biopsies? What are the types?
Yes. Depending on the type of specimen needed, there are different types of biopsies each with different procedures.
- Excisional Biopsy: Entire removal of tumor. Preferred if melanoma is suspected.
- Incisional Biopsy: Portion of the tumor is removed.
- Aspiration (FNA): A thin needle is used to remove very small pieces of the tumor or fluid from the body.
- Punch Biopsy: Deep sample of skin, removed with a short cylinder like instrument: Removal of the top layers of skin by shaving it off.
- Skin Biopsy: Small sample of skin.
What are the most common biopsy sites?
- Bone Marrow
- Gastrointestinal tract
- Lymph nodes
What is done with a biopsy after it is removed from the body?
Biopsies are processed in a Histology laboratory for microscopic review.
What is Cancer?
There are many types of cancer, the term cancer is generic for any kind of malignant tumor.