UPMC Hillman Cancer Center is part of the UPMC family.
A pathologist is a doctor who:
At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, our pathology experts:
We focus largely on the study of:
As well as the routine processing of tumors, we've refined techniques to detect any remaining cancer cells after treatment. We can also tell the stages of tumor progression.
We carry out many such complex studies for both blood and solid tumors. This lets us to offer a diagnosis and treatment input into patient care.
If you're seeking a second opinion, you can make an appointment to have our experts read your test results.
The ISH lab studies solid tumor expression of:
Fluorescent ISH techniques use a probe to look at a precise part of DNA. This helps us find gene changes and apply antibodies to oncoproteins produced by cancer genes.
We use ISH to study cancerous tumors of the:
Pathologists at UPMC Hillman Cancer Center test solid tumor samples, both fresh and preserved.
We use the latest techniques to detect and describe gene changes to use for diagnosis and treatment planning.
This knowledge lets us divide tumors into different groups based on how they behave and respond to certain chemotherapy drugs. Vital to this effort is using tools such as laser capture to increase small biopsy samples for molecular testing.
This work is among the most advanced in the U.S. used for both research studies and clinical testing.
The Division of Anatomic Pathology: