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Kimberly J. Byrwa-Neff, RN, BA, CPHQ
Jonathan Roy, BS
Keith Wharton, MD PhD FCAP
Current technology allows tumors to be painted with multiple colors, termed multiplex staining. Multiplex staining today used in research, may also assist with cancer diagnoses clinically via: preservation of tissue, improved diagnostic accuracy, and enhanced diagnostic insight.
To integrate digital pathology and artificial intelligence (AI) technology into our services, we need passionate advocates to create consensus across cancer care, highlighting the benefits to workforce efficiency and patient care, says Dr. Bethany Williams.
Cancer patients have many questions and pathologists have a unique opportunity to help empower them with knowledge online and on social media, says Dr. Jerad Gardner.
Molecular pathology has the potential to create health service efficiencies and improve outcomes for cancer patients, we just have to imagine a world in which molecular pathology & personalised medicine is the norm – then create it, says Dr. Matthew Clarke.
Technology plays an increasingly important role in healthcare and pathology is no exception. In this chapter, Dr. Williams explores opportunities around digital pathology, whole slide imaging, and recent advances in Artificial Intelligence.
By providing a more accurate and specific diagnosis, molecular pathology can help optimize treatment choices for patients. In this chapter, Dr. Clarke calls for improving the provision of molecular pathology testing to unlock better cancer care.
All pathologists are disease detectives with unique insight, but the evolving discipline of pathology is often misunderstood. In this chapter, Dr. Gardner recommends ways pathologists can create a human interface between themselves and the people they impact.
The demand for pathology services is increasing while the number of pathologists is decreasing globally. In this chapter, Dr. Graham addresses how to train and retain the new generation of pathologists while adapting to technological advances in the field.
Molecular pathology enables a more detailed diagnosis of cancer and more effective, personalized medicine based on the genetic profile of the patient – hospital administrators could be great advocates for it, says Dr. Matthew Clarke.
As the number of cancer cases increase, we need more people to start training as pathologists to address the challenges we face. Education is key – but so is sharing our enthusiasm for pathology, says Dr. Tiffany Graham.