A Standardized Protocol for Radical Mastectomy Specimens at Hospital Universitario Antonio Pedro - Niteroi - Brazil: An Anatomopathological PerspectiveFabiana Resende Rodrigues* Wilhermo Torres and Mayra Carrijo Rochael
Pathology Service, Antonio Pedro Universitary Hospital (HUAP), Federal Fluminense University (UFF), Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- *Corresponding Author:
- Fabiana Resende Rodrigues, MD
Antonio Pedro Universitary Hospital (HUAP)
Federal Fluminense University (UFF)
Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: February 08, 2012; Accepted date: March 28, 2012; Published date: March 30, 2012
Citation: Rodrigues FR, Torres W, Rochael MC (2012) A Standardized Protocol for Radical Mastectomy Specimens at Hospital Universitário Antonio Pedro - Niterói - Brazil: An Anatomopathological Perspective. J Cancer Sci Ther 4: 056- 060. doi: 10.4172/1948-5956.1000111
Copyright: © 2012 Rodrigues FR, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Introduction: Breast cancer is the second most common cancer worldwide. Adequate evaluation of the specimen is essential for accurate diagnosis and prognosis.
Objective: To present a standardized protocol for the gross and microscopic examination of radical mastectomy specimens, despite the presence or absence of homolateral axillary dissection and irrespective of the type of the malignancy to provide the necessary information to guide potential adjuvant therapy and prognostic information.
Materials and methods: A standardized protocol was created for the examination of surgical specimens from radical mastectomies.
Results: The group of pathologists responsible for routine examination agreed that use of the standardized protocol reduced the time spent on macroscopic and microscopic examination of the radical mastectomy specimens and increased the accuracy of recording the information needed for diagnosis.
Conclusion: We believe that simplification of the protocol presented here for guidance of histological examination of surgical mastectomy specimens is easily applied, rapid, reliable and safe, and will contribute to the routine diagnostic practice.