Advice for Understanding A Breast Cancer Pathology Report

by: cancercompass

In a recent article published by the Chicago Tribune, Marcia Frellick provides advice to help breast cancer patients understand their pathology reports.

After a brief description of invasive and in situ breast cancers, Frellick suggests patients understand their pathology report by doing the following:

 - Access The Talking Dictionary at This allows you to hear Celine Dion, Regis Philbin and Tom Brokaw pronounce and a define common words that appear on pathology reports.

 - Verify Information. Check the top of the pathology report to make sure the name and procedure are yours.

 - Get the Facts. Tests often lead to more tests. That's why she suggests waiting for all the results, so you see the full picture before making treatment decisions.

Read Frellick's article, or take a more comprehensive look at breast cancer by learning about diagnosis, as well as disease staging and potential treatment options, at the CancerCompass Breast Cancer Information section.