What is Pathology and What Does It Mean to Bladder Cancer Patients?

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In Episode 39 of “Bladder Cancer Matters,” host Rick Bangs talks with Dr. Matthew Mossanen about what pathology is and why it matters to bladder cancer patients. Dr. Mossanen is a urologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, holds a Master’s Degree in Public Health and is an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Matthew Mossanen

Rick and Dr. Mossanen talk about:

  • What pathology means to both doctors and patients for staging and grading bladder cancer tumors
  • How pathology and tumor profiling are related
  • How staging and grading is open to interpretation by your medical team
  • The importance of a second opinion for pathology reports on bladder cancer tumors
  • How doctors should work to make pathology reports understandable for patients
  • Dr. Mossanen’s work on a patient-centered, understandable pathology report for people with bladder cancer
  • The importance of patients not consulting “Dr. Google” to interpret their pathology reports

You can learn more about bladder cancer staging and grading on BCAN’s web site.

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