AboutDr. Helene Saffer, MD is a Doctor primarily located in La Mesa, CA, with another office in El Centro, CA. She has 21 years of experience. Her specialties include Pathology and Cytopathology. Dr. Saffer is affiliated with El Centro Regional Medical Hospital, Sharp Grossmont Hospital and Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center. She speaks English.
Dr. Helene Saffer has the following 2 specialties
A pathologist is a physician who specializes in the causes and paths taken by different diseases in order to accurately diagnose an illness.
Pathologists diagnose and determine the characteristics of a disease through the study of biopsies of diseased tissue or of bodily fluids. For example, a pathologist will look at a biopsy of a skin lesion in order to diagnose or rule out skin cancer. A pathologist will also look at a Pap smear in order to check for a gynecological cancer like cancer of the uterus.
In addition to determining the cause and development of a disease, these specialists also study the changes a disease makes to a body and the consequences of those structural changes.
Similar to what pathologists do, cytopathologists analyze specimens in a lab to help your doctor diagnose your condition. However, cytopathologists primarily analyze cells from tissues, tumors and lesions in order to detect disease, whereas pathologists primarily focus on bodily fluid samples.
The most common example of this is pap smears, which cytopathologists use to detect and study the precursors to cervical cancer in women. Additionally, they help oncologists detect blood cancers and blood disorders. You can think of all pathologists as a type of lab consultant for doctors. You consult with your doctor and then he or she often consults with a pathologist who uses lab testing to confirm what they suspect your condition might be.
- Blood Testing
- Fluid Testing
- Tissue Biopsy
Dr. Saffer is affiliated (can practice and admit patients) with the following hospital(s).
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center
751 Medical Center Ct
Chula Vista, CA 91911
Sharp Coronado Hospital and Healthcare Center
250 Prospect Pl
Coronado, CA 92118
Sharp Memorial Hospital
7901 Frost St
San Diego, CA 92123
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women
3003 Health Center Dr
San Diego, CA 92123
21 Years Experience
University Of California San Diego School Of Medicine
Graduated in 1992
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