Encyclopedia of Cancer

Living Edition
| Editors: Manfred Schwab


  • Saul Suster
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-27841-9_4407-2



The study of human tissues to establish a diagnosis and determine the nature, extent, optimal therapy, and possible future behavior of a disease process.


The traditional role of the surgical pathologist has been to analyze tissues obtained from various biopsy procedures in human subjects to establish the type of disease. Due to advances in modern science, the role of the surgical pathologist has been considerably expanded, and we currently act as highly specialized consultants who are responsible for rendering a diagnosis, but also for mapping the extent of the disease, determining its degree of aggressiveness, predicting response to therapy, and advising the clinician as to the possible biologic behavior of the lesion.

The most basic method used by the pathologist for the study of tumors is conventional histology. This technique...


Mantle Cell Lymphoma Synovial Sarcoma Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma Molecular Pathology Clear Cell Sarcoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyMedical College of WisconsinMilwaukeeUSA