Pathology and Cancer

Board-certified pathologists experienced in diagnosing and staging cancer are key to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Pathologists confirm a suspected cancer diagnosis by examining tissue removed either during surgery or in less invasive, biopsy procedures. Imaging studies (X-rays, CT and MRI) help determine the location and extent of the cancer.

Advanced Pathology Resources

The Pathology Laboratory analyzes blood and tissue in a variety of ways. The hospital's immunohistochemistry laboratory also analyzes tumors for hormone receptors and HER2/neu protein receptors in breast cancer and looks for proteins in other tumors as well. These analyses are used to make a more precise diagnosis.

Our highly skilled staff includes surgical pathologists and dermatopathologists trained in the pathology of medical diseases, tumors and skin disorders.

Pathologists and oncologists are linked by an electronic imaging system that allows them to view pathology microscope slides at the same time. The system is also used at the weekly Tumor Board meetings coordinated by Richard Eisen, MD, a board-certified surgical pathologist.

Grade and Stage of Cancer

Pathologists help determine the grade and stage of a tumor. This information helps oncologists to develop a treatment plan for a specific cancer. Cancers caught at an early stage generally require less aggressive treatments than more advanced cases.

The grade of a tumor corresponds to how abnormal the cancer cells appear under a microscope. A higher grade reflects more abnormal cells, indicating a potentially more aggressive cancer. Staging determines how much and where the cancer exists. Pathologists determine the exact size of the tumor and whether the cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes or to distant areas of the body.

09/30/16

Greenwich Hospital receives 2016 Women’s Choice Award for Best Breast Centers

Greenwich, CT (Sept. 30, 2016) – For the third consecutive year, Greenwich Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Breast Centers.

09/14/16

Greenwich Hospital receives $1 million dollar gift in support of prostate cancer care

Greenwich, CT (September 14, 2016) – The Greenwich Hospital Foundation announced today that Stephen Corman of Stamford, CT has committed to a gift of $1 million to establish the Stephen Corman Prostate Cancer Early Detection Initiative. The goal of the initiative is to expand access to the highest standard of prostate cancer care to the community while maintaining the convenience and comfort of being close to home.

06/08/16

Greenwich Hospital Celebrates Cancer Survivorship

Greenwich Hospital’s “Sailing into Survivorship” celebration brought together close to 130 former patients, volunteers and oncology staff to pay tribute to cancer survivors from throughout the area.

05/27/16

Greenwich Hospital launches new era with advanced cancer-fighting tool

Greenwich Hospital has launched a new era in cancer treatment with the acquisition of the TrueBeam radiation therapy system that offers advanced speed and accuracy leading to shorter treatment times and less patient discomfort.

05/09/16

Fellowship-Trained Interventional Pain Management Specialist and Anesthesiologist Spearheads Greenwich Hospital’s Cancer Pain Management Program

Fellowship-Trained Interventional Pain Management Specialist and Anesthesiologist Spearheads Greenwich Hospital’s Cancer Pain Management Program

05/04/16

Yale New Haven Health announces opening of Park Avenue Medical Center in Trumbull

Yale New Haven Health cut the ribbon May 3 on a new outpatient medical center in Trumbull.

04/13/16

Greenwich Hospital receives 2016 Women’s Choice Award for Cancer Care

For the third consecutive year, Greenwich Hospital has received the 2016 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s best hospitals for cancer care.

03/30/16

31 Greenwich Hospital Physicians on “Top Docs” List

Thirty-one Greenwich Hospital-affiliated physicians and more than 300 from across Yale New Haven Health System, which also includes Bridgeport and Yale New Haven hospitals, have been selected by their state colleagues for Connecticut Magazine’s 2016 Top Doctors listing.

03/28/16

Colorectal Cancer: Preventable Disease is Second Leading Cause of Cancer Death

About 50 percent of people who would benefit from having a colonoscopy don’t undergo the screening procedure, putting them at risk for developing colorectal cancer, the second leading cause of cancer death in the United States.

02/12/16

Breast Center at Greenwich Hospital accredited by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers

The Breast Center at Greenwich Hospital has received a three-year, full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for meeting high standards for treating breast disease.


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