Pathologists are medical doctors who have specialised in pathology. They have over 13 years of university/medical education and are experts in particular diseases or conditions.
Specialities cover conditions such as infections, allergies & immunity, cancers or chronic diseases. They often advise referring doctors, explaining complex or inconclusive test results and recommend further tests where needed.
Pathologists often work in laboratories but sometimes see patients directly as part of their work. Many also contribute to medical research – some great examples of this include research into immunisation, organ transplant, genetics and blood transfusion.
A Pathologist will be involved in every single diagnosis of cancer that is made. Their report provides details needed to understand the type of cancer and how best to treat it.