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Meet Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD, FCAP

03/20/2017

Barbarajean Magnani, PhD, MD is a pathologist at Tufts Medical Center.
Why did you go into cancer care?
 
It’s not cancer until the pathologist says it’s cancer! Pathologists are physicians who diagnose cancer and other diseases by examining tissues, cells and body fluids. We want to be (and are) a significant part of your healthcare team.
After the pathologist receives your specimen in the laboratory, we will examine it, and let your treating physician know: 
• If you have cancer
• The type of cancer you have
• Whether the cancer is contained or if it has metastasized
• The stage of the cancer
Our pathologists also help your physician determine the course of your cancer treatment. With regular monitoring of your blood, urine or tissues, your treatment team can better understand where you are in the progression of your disease and how well your therapies are working.

What makes the Tufts Cancer Center special?
As the College of American Pathologists state “every number is a life”. That is, your medical record number! We care for an individual, not just a disease.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself.
In addition to specializing in plasma cell diseases, I am a toxicologist who studies natural toxins, poisons, and drugs. My book, Lily Robinson and the Art of Secret Poisoning, both educational and entertaining, will satisfy not only those who have a curiosity about toxins, but anyone seeking mystery!

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