Empower Yourself: Your Laboratory and Pathology Reports, Beyond the Numbers
What is a laboratory report? How does it differ from a pathology report? Why is understanding these reports important as a cancer survivor? Hear from a pathologist on things to look out for and what to ask when you receive your report. Additionally, we’ll hear from two cancer survivors and their advocacy experience as American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Patient Champions.
- Deedee O’Brien, ASCP Patient Champion, Executive Director, Ironstone Farm
- Carly Flumer, MS, ASCP Patient Champion, Director of Medical Engagement, MMG
- Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Quest Diagnostics
Deedee O’Brien, ASCP Patient Champion, Executive Director, Ironstone Farm
Deedee is the Executive Director of Ironstone Farm, a non-profit organization that provides one of the largest equine therapy programs in the United States for people with disabilities and illnesses. She was the primary caretaker for her mother when she was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL), and she assumed care for her friend and business partner as he experienced cognitive and physical deterioration. As it turned out, all these experiences helped inform her response for three life-altering diagnoses: renal cell carcinoma in 2007, a non-malignant meningioma brain tumor in 2009, and CLL in 2017. She is passionate about paying lessons learned forward from her experiences to help others.
Carly Flumer, MS, ASCP Patient Champion, Director of Medical Engagement, MMG
Carly has been diagnosed twice with stage I papillary thyroid cancer. She was first diagnosed at age 27 while pursuing her Master’s degree from Boston University in Health Communication and was diagnosed a second time in February 2021. Having been diagnosed at a young age, Carly finds strength, support, and inspiration in sharing her cancer journey on social media. She is an active patient advocate for adolescents and young adults with cancer and looks to advocate for other cancer patients through education, research, and health literacy.
Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, Senior Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Quest Diagnostics
Dr. Hilborne is a pathologist in Los Angeles, CA and is a professor of pathology and laboratory medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and was the Director of the UCLA Center for Patient Safety and Quality. He is also a past President of ASCP. Dr. Hilborne is passionate about patient safety and quality, making sure that patients get the right diagnostic tests at the right time and right cost, and serves on the Patient Champions Steering Committee to work towards the mission of having non-laboratory individuals learn more about the contributions of laboratory medicine to save patient lives.