Aileen. Age: 30.
Your physicians will perform several tests on your tumor tissue to provide specific information about your individual cancer. Your pathology report is one of the resources containing information about your tumor. This report will help guide your healthcare team in planning the appropriate treatment for you. Ask your doctor if there are additional tests you should consider to ensure you have the most complete picture of your unique cancer.
Morgan. Age: 26.
Understanding Your Pathology Report: Breast Cancer
Pathology reports contain information about the patient, the tissue specimen being evaluated, and the final diagnosis. Pathologists evaluate the tissue within a breast core biopsy or surgical specimen to diagnose the type of cancer, as well as evaluate the presence of various prognostic factors. The exact layout of pathology reports differs between different departments and hospitals, but all reports contain the same essential key information. This information includes:.
Lauren. Age: 23.
Contents of a Pathology Report
When your breast was biopsied, the samples taken were studied under the microscope by a specialized doctor with many years of training called a pathologist. The pathology report tells your treating doctor the diagnosis in each of the samples to help manage your care. This FAQ sheet is designed to help you understand the medical language used in the pathology report.
Forward to section 6B on immunohistochemistry. Back to 5D on rare types of cancer in the breast. At the end of this sectionthere is a list of key references to the published literaturewith links to access the articles.