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The Center for Cancer Care is just one facet of the comprehensive care provided by Canton-Potsdam Hospital and the St. Lawrence Health System. To learn more about the services they provide, visit the CPH home page.
Pathology

Those samples are usually derived from biopsies, blood tests, and other tests.  Our pathology team then closely examines the samples and uses specialized stains to make a diagnosis. They share and review their findings with the appropriate physician.  When necessary, our pathologists collaborate with other labs in order to confirm a diagnosis.  

This is not just a few cells on a slide. It’s something that came from a living, breathing person who’s part of a family and a community. 

Dr. Bridgeman, Pathologist

Q: I had a biopsy and it showed cancer on the pathology. What is next?
A: The medical oncologist may want you to get further tests, including a PET scan or other imaging study, or take additional tissues from the tumor for further analysis. Dr. Velmalia Matthews-Smith will meet with you once she's received all your information. She will explain your diagnosis and review the approach to your treatment.