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Information for Patients

Understanding Your Biopsy Results

The Association of Directors of Anatomical and Surgical Pathology (ADASP) has developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) fact sheets to help patients understand their biopsy pathology report for cancers and pre-cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, esophagus, and lung.

Being able to carefully review the report at home allows patients and their families to better digest the information and more meaningfully discuss the findings with their physicians.

Breast

  1. Benign Breast
  2. Atypical Hyperplasia
  3. Breast Cancer In-Situ
  4. Breast Cancer

Authors: Jeanne Simpson (Vanderbilt Medical Center), Stuart Schnitt (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center), Jonathan I. Epstein (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Colon

  1. Adenomas (serrated, tubular, tubulovillous, villous) and hyperplastic polyps
  2. Adenomas with invasive carcinoma
  3. Invasive adenocarcinoma not arising in an adenoma

Authors: Elizabeth Montgomery (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions), Joel Greenson (University of Michigan Health Systems), Laura Lamps (University of Arkansas College of Medicine), Wendy Frankel (Ohio State University Medical Center)

Esophagus

  1. Reflux and reactive changes
  2. Barrett’s with or without dysplasia
  3. Invasive carcinoma (squamous cell and adenocarcinoma)

Authors: Elizabeth Montgomery (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions), Joel Greenson (University of Michigan Health Systems), Laura Lamps (University of Arkansas College of Medicine), Wendy Frankel (Ohio State University Medical Center)

Lung

  1. Lung Cancer In-Situ
  2. Lung Cancer

Authors: Mark Wick (University of Virginia Health System), Edward Stelow (University of Virginia Health System), Jeffery Meyers (University of Michigan Health Systems), Jonathan I. Epstein (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions)

Prostate

  1. Benign prostate tissue
  2. Prostate cancer on any of the cores regardless of other findings
  3. Atypical, suspicious for cancer with or without high grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia
  4. High grade prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia without atypical glands

Authors: Jonathan I. Epstein (Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions), Peter Humphrey (Washington University School of Medicine), Mahul Amin (Cedars Sinai Medical Center)


This page was last updated on: April 21, 2010.