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Pathologists study the causes and progressions of disease. Pathology provides a scientific foundation for clinical medicine and serves as a bridge between the basic sciences and patient care.
The Department of Pathology directs Anatomic Pathology and ancillary services as well as the Clinical Laboratory. The philosophy of the department is to provide high quality diagnostic service and foster the clinical and research missions of the institution.
Fox Chase offers services in autopsy, cytogenetics, cytology, flow cytometry, Immunohistochemistry, and Molecular Genetics in addition to Surgical Pathology provide up-to-date resources for diagnosis and research purposes.
The surgical pathology caseload is handled by surgical pathologists with clinical fellows, while cytopathologists and cytotechnologists run the cytology service, including a fine needle aspiration service. Immunohistochemical studies are performed in our College of American Pathologists-accredited immunohistochemistry laboratory.
Tumor cytogenetics and molecular pathology services provide additional ancillary studies. The histology laboratory actively supports cancer center research in many ways.
The outpatient/clinical pathology laboratory performs complete blood counts, differential counts, chemistry profiles, coagulation studies, and tumor markers. The laboratory provides phlebotomy services, usually on the same day as the patient's clinic visit, making it more convenient to have blood work performed.
The outpatient laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists. In addition to providing services for our patients, the laboratory actively supports ongoing research protocols, as well as phlebotomy for genetic studies.