Pathology is a field that focuses on evaluating and classifying tissue specimens. At Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Chicago, pathologists are trained to identify and provide a definitive diagnosis of cancer. Pathologists use laboratory tests, including the microscopic examination of tissues, cells and bodily fluids, to determine whether a tumor is benign or cancerous. If it is cancerous, our pathologists at CTCA® Chicago may conduct further examination to determine the cell type and grade of the tumor.
Bradford Tan, MD, serves as Medical Director of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine and the Stem Cell Laboratory for our hospital in Chicago. With over 20 years of experience at our hospital, located in Zion, Illinois, he is also the Chair of the Department of Pathology & Laboratory for CTCA. Under Dr. Tan’s leadership, his team of pathologists is constantly searching for new and innovative testing methods. Dr. Tan works to see that tests performed in our Illinois hospital’s laboratory are completed accurately and that the results are provided to our physicians and patients in a timely manner. Dr. Tan believes that the pathology department plays an essential role in every patient’s care.
Our pathologists are part of a multi-disciplinary team of doctors and clinicians who work together, all under one roof, to diagnose and treat cancer. At our Chicago hospital, we combine advanced cancer treatment with supportive therapies to create an integrative treatment plan. Our supportive therapies are designed to reduce side effects and improve quality of life. Clinicians delivering these therapies may include nutrition therapists, pain management physicians, naturopathic providers and other supportive care clinicians dedicated to delivering whole-patient care.