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A 61-year-old male asked:

Medical and surgical oncology: can 2 pathologists look at the same suspect cell under glass and 1 decide it is cancer and the other not cancer?

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Dr. Steven Hebert
Pathology 31 years experience
Pathologists vary: Yes, two individuals can examine the same cells and come to different conclusions. In this case I'd suggest getting a 3rd person to look at the material. The 3rd pathologist could act as a tie breaker. I would suggest sending it to a large medical institution such as a medical school.
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