The medical oncologists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) at Eastern Regional Medical Center (Eastern) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, are key members of our patients’ care team. As leaders of the care team, they may order lab or imaging tests to stage and diagnose cancer. Tissue, blood, urine and bodily specimens may be removed and sent to a pathologist for analysis. A pathologist is a doctor who examines biological specimens under a microscope to determine whether they are cancerous. If the sample is cancerous, the pathologist may perform additional tests to gain more insight about the tumor.
At our cancer center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, our pathologists have performed thousands of tests and examinations of biological samples, both cancerous and benign. With training and technical expertise in performing a variety of examinations, the pathologists at Eastern are critical to determining each patient’s disease. Pathologists help diagnose and classify diseases by using laboratory tests, including microscopic examination.
Rebecca Heintzelman, MD, one of the pathologists at Eastern, is the Blood Bank Medical Director. Dr. Heintzelman joined CTCA® in November 2014 and is board certified in anatomic and clinical pathology, cytopathology and hematopathology by the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Heintzelman and the team of pathologists at our Pennsylvania hospital provide prognostic information for patient tissue samples and evaluate hematologic disorders. Dr. Heintzelman works with the on-site anatomic pathology laboratory team and provides support for oncologists, particularly with challenging cases.
The pathologists at our Philadelphia hospital are part of an extended care team that strives to educate and empower patients to make informed decisions about their treatment options. They also collaborate with supportive care clinicians to help patients reduce and manage side effects. At Eastern, experienced and dedicated doctors and clinicians work together in one location, sharing their knowledge, coordinating treatments and providing comprehensive cancer treatment.