Public and Patient Involvement

Pathology is a broad term referring to the study of disease. Cellular pathologists are doctors who study disease by examining human tissue and cells.

Cellular and Molecular Pathologist’ is a modern name often used interchangeably with ‘Histopathologist’ – a term traditionally used to describe this specialty. Hence the name given to the CM-Path initiative.

Cellular pathologists play a crucial role in the care of many patients, particularly those suffering from cancer where it is the pathologist who will make the definitive cancer diagnosis following examination of a tissue or cell sample from a patient.

Despite this important role, many patients are unaware of how cellular pathologists are involved in their care and what happens to any tissue samples taken for diagnosis.

Cellular pathologists are ideally equipped to participate in tissue-based research due to their skills in tissue handling and analysis. Despite this, there has been a steady decline in the number of cellular pathologists participating in academic research over the past two decades.

CM-Path aims to work in partnership with patients and the public to increase understanding of the role pathologists play in patient care, and help increase the amount of pathology based research activity in the UK, to drive progress in translational research.

Information for Patients and the Public

Have you ever wondered what happens to a biopsy?
» Download our information sheet on the ‘Breast Cancer Biopsy Journey’ to find out (PDF)

Have you ever wondered what a pathologist actually does?
» Download our CM-Path information sheet on cellular pathology (PDF)

Have you ever wondered what happens when you donate a sample for research?
» Find out more by visiting Give My Sample (External Webpage)

Our consumer representative, Tom Haswell, spent a day in the Glasgow Diagnostic Labs to find out more about pathology.
» Read about Tom’s day here (PDF)

Keep checking this page as we will provide updates on our Patient and Public Involvement activities as they develop!