July 27, 2016



The pathology work of the CCC is the cornerstone of our diagnostic procedure. Our pathologists are concerned with the characterisation of disease and the evaluation of prognostic indicators, and their work is based around the three core areas of diagnosis, research and education.

rsz_img_8417 (1)“A pathologist is a physician who produces analyses of tissues or fluids from patients. We are still dealing with patients, but we are not physiologists, so we are not interested in the normal function of things – we are only interested when they are abnormal.”Prof. António Lopez-Beltran, Head of Anatomic Pathology at the CCC.

In modern oncology, the spectrum of pathology runs from conventional morphological analysis to the study biological biomarkers based on diverse and highly sophisticated technology ranging from flow cytometry and cytogenetics to the interpretation of data taken from genomic and proteomic analysis.

Pathology forms a fundamental link between cancer research and patient management as well acting as the interface between clinical and basic research. Our pathologists are actively involved in research projects designed to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

Our Pathology team

António Beltran, Director of Anatomic Pathology

Maria José Brito

António Galzerano

Mireia Martin

Rita Canas Marques