Why is pathologic examination important?
Information provided through pathology

Cancer is not a single disease, but rather a collective term of more than 100 different diseases. Every organ is made of various cell types with different functions. It is this diversity of cell types that is the reason for the existence of different types of cancers.

The list below shows some important information the pathologist provides.

#1: Confirmation that the cancer suspicion is correct.
     
It is not always possible to determine if a lump is a cancer
      without a microscopic examination. Beware of this when
      reading/viewing testimonials.   

#2:  Further microscopic classification of the cancer
      
Based on the cell type the cancer is made of.
#3:  Detection of vascular invasion - indicates higher risk of
       metastasis
#4:  Detection of neural invasion - indicates risk of local
       reccurrence
#5:  Detection of local lymph node metastasis
#6:  Feedback to the surgeon on the quality of the surgery
#7:  Feedback to the radiologists on their assessments
#8:  Feedback to oncologists (if preoperative therapy has been given)
#9:  Detection of features that might influence the effect of
       chemotherapy
#10: Possibility to check if any new ideas on cancer
       development are plausible
. Examining cancers show
       without a shred of doubt, that they are not fungi.
  

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