Generic Treatment

The concern: generic treatment
generic treatment errors

What works for one patient may be ineffective or even harmful for another. In order to build the most effective treatment plan, pathologists need:

  • The ability to be not only diagnostic, but also prognostic and predictive about how a patient will respond to a particular therapy or drug
  • The ability to share information with fellow pathologists quickly, in order to gain outside opinions on difficult cases


We are witnessing significant challenges to our traditional role as laboratory physicians from other medical disciplines and private interests outside the usual boundaries of clinical medicine. To establish pathology's primary place in genome-era medicine, we must acquire and demonstrate expertise in this rapidly evolving era of personalized and patient-centered health care. 5
The solution: personalized treatment

Arming pathologists with better diagnostic tools enables them to make more accurate diagnoses that lead to more appropriate treatment plans.

Those tools include:

  • Automated advanced staining—prognostic and predictive technology helps physicians form personalized treatment plans
  • Digital pathology—sharper view of patterns in tissue can be shared instantly between pathologists all over the world

5: Am J Clin Pathol. Author manuscript; available in PMC 2015 Nov 2. Published in final edited form as: Am J Clin Pathol. 2011 May; 135(5): 668-672. doi: 10.1309/AJCP9GDNLWB4GACI PMCID: PMC4629248 NIHMSID: NIHMS707242 PMID: 21502420 A National Agenda for the Future of Pathology in Personalized Medicine Report of the proceedings of a meeting at the Banbury Conference Center: Genome-Era Pathology, Precision Diagnostics and Pre-emptive Care: A Stakeholder Summit Peter J. Tonellato, PhD,1,2 James M. Crawford, MD, PhD,3 Mark S. Boguski, MD, PhD,1,2 and Jeffrey E. Saffitz, MD, PhD1