Short Communication

Impact of review of histopathology specimens at a tertiary oncology hospital in Eastern India – lessons learnt

25 Aug 2022
Debdeep Dey, Bhagat Singh Lali, Paromita Roy, Divya Midha, Indu Arun, Lateef Zameer, Anand Bardia, Geetashree Mukherjee

A central review of histopathology specimens at tertiary oncology hospitals is important for optimum patient care in the modern era of personalised medicine. The challenges of healthcare delivery and access to ancillary investigations faced by a pathologist from the Indian subcontinent are different from the western world. We undertook an audit to analyse the differences of opinion between the diagnosis offered at peripheral hospitals and a tertiary oncology hospital in Eastern India. By analysing the differences, common pitfalls and diagnostic discrepancies are identified which need to be addressed in future. This audit also highlights the need of setting up of tertiary oncology diagnostic centres to help both peripheral pathologists and cancer care clinicians like a hub and spoke model. This is most needed for haematopathology, soft tissue and gynaecologic oncology where the need of ancillary investigations is high.

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