Cancer therapies are advancing rapidly and the role of pathology in the continuum of care is evolving. West Cancer Center embraces the endorsement by The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) of the value of integrating pathology as a part of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care.

David Robins, MD

Histology Lab Medical Director

Pathology Histology Lab

Dr. Robins is very excited about the benefits of internalizing pathology services and being an integrated member of the multidisciplinary team involved in patient care. He projects more rapid turnaround times, more efficient and consistent reporting of test results, greater quality control, improved clinical-pathologic correlation, and enhanced communications between clinician and pathologist. All of these factors will facilitate timely reporting of clinically important information and minimize delays in care. Biopsy samples will be transported to our centralized laboratory at our Collierville campus for testing.

Flow Cytometry Lab

Dr. Ryder looks forward to expanding West Cancer Center’s laboratory capabilities even more, including the recent addition of flow cytometry testing for the detection of blood cancers.  By bringing new testing technologies in-house, Dr. Ryder hopes to improve the patient experience with more rapid laboratory turnaround time, increased convenience and closer, more effective communication with the clinical teams that are working with patients every day.  The clinical laboratory plays a key role in diagnosing and treating patients, and dedicating resources to expanding laboratory capabilities demonstrates West Cancer Center’s commitment to continued improvement of patient care.

Alex Ryder, MD

Clinical Laboratory Medical Director

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West Cancer Center and Research Institute Enhances Patient Care with In-House Pathology Lab

 

MEMPHIS, Tenn., Aug. 6, 2019 — West Cancer Center is proud to announce the opening of its Pathology Histology Laboratory. The team is led by Dr. David Robins, an M.D. Anderson trained pathologist with 30 years of experience in pathology. Biopsy samples from Margaret West Comprehensive Breast Center, West Cancer Center Interventional Radiology, Gynecologic Oncology and other West outpatient services will be ordered, collected, and transported by courier to the centralized laboratory located in Collierville for further testing.

Dr. Robins is very excited about the benefits of internalizing pathology services and being an integrated member of the multidisciplinary team involved in patient care. He projects more rapid turnaround times, more efficient and consistent reporting of test results, greater quality control, improved clinical-pathologic correlation, and enhanced communications between clinician and pathologist. All of these factors will facilitate timely reporting of clinically important information and minimize delays in care.

Cancer therapies are advancing rapidly and the role of pathology in the continuum of care is evolving. The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) endorses the value of integrating pathology as part of the multidisciplinary approach to cancer care, an approach West Cancer Center has embraced, and instituted, as the regional leader in adult cancer care.