From the desk of
J. B. Askew, Jr., M.D., P.A.
As stated in our commitment to you, this web site’s purpose is to enhance your understanding of breast disease and breast cancer. To explain, in plain English, and with optional photomicrographs, the details contained in the pathology report on your breast surgery. Should you have a question to ask me about your report, you should understand there are many things that we can discuss with you (please see below). There are other things that are best discussed with your surgeon, oncologist or other caregiver. Unfortunately, there are questions no one can answer. Please read the following guidelines before submitting a question.
Breastpath.com can answer questions concerning
- the basis of breast diagnoses.
- the definitions of histologic and nuclear grading.
- the pros and cons of frozen sections.
- the examination of fresh tissue specimens.
- microscopic examination of tissue slides.
- secondary tumor markers.
- the size of the tumor.
- non-invasive vs. invasive lesions,
- micro invasion.
- different types of breast disease.
- fibrocystic changes (or disease).
- borderline lesions.
- hyperplasia and atypical hyperplasia.
- lymph node excisions.
- sentinel lymph nodes.
- extra-nodal extension.
- micro- vs. macrometastasis to lymph nodes.
- lumpectomy vs. mastectomy examination.
- “in situ” carcinoma and lumpectomy vs. mastectomy.
- lymphatic/vascular invasion.
Breastpath.com cannot answer questions concerning
- whether your pathology report is correct (for that you will need a second opinion).
- non-pathology issues.
Please note: It is not the intention of Breastpath.com to interfere with the relationships among your health care team. The service offered by Breastpath.com is designed to enhance your understanding of breast disease.
Breastpath.com is an educational service only and not meant to be a substitute for medical care or advice. It should not be used for diagnosis or treating a health problem or disease. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem, you should consult your health care provider.