Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine (2021-01-01)

Standardized pathology report for breast cancer

  • Soo Youn Cho,
  • So Yeon Park,
  • Young Kyung Bae,
  • Jee Yeon Kim,
  • Eun Kyung Kim,
  • Woo Gyeong Kim,
  • Youngmee Kwon,
  • Ahwon Lee,
  • Hee Jin Lee,
  • Ji Shin Lee,
  • Jee Young Park,
  • Gyungyub Gong,
  • Hye Kyoung Yoon

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 55, no. 1
pp. 1 – 15


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Given the recent advances in management and understanding of breast cancer, a standardized pathology report reflecting these changes is critical. To meet this need, the Breast Pathology Study Group of the Korean Society of Pathologists has developed a standardized pathology reporting format for breast cancer, consisting of ‘standard data elements,’ ‘conditional data elements,’ and a biomarker report form. The ‘standard data elements’ consist of the basic pathologic features used for prognostication, while other factors related to prognosis or diagnosis are described in the ‘conditional data elements.’ In addition to standard data elements, all recommended issues are also presented. We expect that this standardized pathology report for breast cancer will improve diagnostic concordance and communication between pathologists and clinicians, as well as between pathologists inter-institutionally.