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Journal of Pathology and Translational Medicine 2021;55(1): 1-15.
doi: https://doi.org/10.4132/jptm.2020.11.20
Standardized pathology report for breast cancer
Soo Youn Cho1 , So Yeon Park2 , Young Kyung Bae3 , Jee Yeon Kim4 , Eun Kyung Kim5 , Woo Gyeong Kim6 , Youngmee Kwon7 , Ahwon Lee8 , Hee Jin Lee9 , Ji Shin Lee10 , Jee Young Park11 , Gyungyub Gong9 , Hye Kyoung Yoon12
1Department of Pathology and Translational Genomics, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
2Department of Pathology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seongnam, Korea
3Department of Pathology, Yeungnam University College of Medicine, Daegu, Korea
4Department of Pathology, Pusan National University Yangsan Hospital, Pusan National University College of Medicine, Yangsan, Korea
5Department of Pathology, Eulji University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
6Department of Pathology, Inje University Haeundae Paik Hospital, Busan, Korea
7Department of Pathology, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
8Department of Hospital Pathology, Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
9Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
10Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea
11Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Kyungpook National University Chilgok Hospital, Daegu, Korea
12Department of Pathology, Busan Paik Hospital, Inje University, Busan, Korea
Corresponding Author: Hye Kyoung Yoon ,Tel: +82-51-890-6628, Fax: +82-51-890-5825, Email: pathyoon@inje.ac.kr
Received: October 23, 2020;  Revised: November 19, 2020  Accepted: November 20, 2020.  Published online: January 11, 2021.
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.
Key Words: Breast neoplasms; Diagnosis; Pathology report