Traditionally, the pathology lab and pathologists have been a “behind the scenes” member of the cancer care team. However, with advances in our understanding of cancer and the increase in targeted therapies and biomarker testing, the role of pathology and the pathologist in cancer diagnosis and treatment has changed.
The process of conducting biomarker testing, interpreting and understanding the results, and using them to ensure appropriate patients have access to new therapies requires full integration of the pathology lab and pathologists into the cancer care team. Closer integration is particularly needed in the community setting where formal relationships between pathology and medical oncology may not exist.
With an interest in improving care in the community setting, ACCC, in partnership with the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), and the College of American Pathologists (CAP), is conducting a three-phase program:
For more information about this project, please contact Elana Plotkin, CMP-HC, Senior Program Manager, ACCC Provider Education.