A: Dr. Harness Answers the Question

In this clip, Jay Harness, MD, FACS explains what a pathologist does.

A pathologist is a critical and key member of the team that treats breast cancer. Pathologists are physicians. They have been trained to dissect and analyze tissue that's been removed from the body or blood, for that matter. Pathologists are critical in breast cancer, and having expert pathologist in breast cancer is very, very important because there are many subtleties in the diagnosis of breast cancer, and so having a well-trained pathologist is important.

In the operating room everyday, I am working with a pathologist. I may send a lump over for the pathologist to visually look at and tell me that the tissue around the lump is okay. Pathologists are involved when I am operating and doing frozen sections, which is a wrap and analysis of lymph nodes, and let me know if they are involved or not.

The final pathology report is what's key in the final staging of breast cancer. So is my breast cancer stage-1, or stage-2, or whatever it is, and determining the extent of the breast cancer within the breast is a critical duty of the pathologist and the physician's assistants who work with pathologists.

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\f0\fs24 \cf0 >>> DR. JAY K. HARNESS: \f1 A pathologist is a critical and key member
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of the team that treats breast cancer. Pathologists are physicians. They have been trained to
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dissect and analyze tissue that\'92s been removed from the body or blood, for that matter.
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Pathologists are critical in breast cancer, and having expert pathologist in breast cancer
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is very, very important because there are many subtleties in the diagnosis of breast
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cancer, and so having a well-trained pathologist is important. \
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In the operating room everyday, I am working with a pathologist. I may send a lump over
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for the pathologist to visually look at and tell me that the tissue around the lump is
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okay. Pathologists are involved when I am operating and doing frozen sections, which
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is a wrap and analysis of lymph nodes, and let me know if they are involved or not. \
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\ The final pathology report is what\'92s key
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in the final staging of breast cancer. So is my breast cancer stage-1, or stage-2, or
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whatever it is, and determining the extent of the breast cancer within the breast is
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a critical duty of the pathologist and the physician\'92s assistants who work with pathologists.
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Hi, I am Dr. Jay Harness and I want to share with you important information that I believe
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that every newly diagnosed patient with breast cancer needs to know. \
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\ I am a breast cancer survivor. \
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\ I am a breast cancer survivor and I want every
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woman to know about personal life, breast cancer treatment and the genomic test \'96
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a test that helps guide a woman and her doctor to the best treatment options for her. \
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