The Breast Pathology Report



Pathologists have played a central role in the progress against breast cancer and have remained loyal partners in its study, diagnosis, and management. Aside from diagnostic information, pathologists have been engaged in the study of the characteristics of breast cancer such as tumor size, lymph node status, expression of hormone receptor proteins, oncogenes, tumor support genes, and the rate of tumor proliferation. This information has long been used clinically to identify patients who are most likely to respond to therapy. With the availability of targeted therapy, pathologists have become more involved in the development, validation, implementation, and appropriate use of predictive testing to better treat patients with breast cancer. Above all, in the last several years, pathologists have gradually evolved from passive interpreters of biopsies and surgical specimens to active partners in clinical breast care. This chapter is designed to outline the role of pathologists in the delivery of optimal breast health care and to discuss current challenges associated with optimal breast pathology reporting.


Breast Cancer Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy Axillary Lymph Node Dissection Breast Pathology Lobular Neoplasia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PathologyShands Hospital, University of Florida College of MedicineJacksonvilleUSA

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