J Breast Cancer.  2021 Feb;24(1):1-21. 10.4048/jbc.2021.24.e5.

Standardized Pathology Report for Breast Cancer

  • 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


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.


Breast neoplasms; Diagnosis; Pathology
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