Vicente Marco

Vicente Marco

Hospital Quirón Barcelona, Spain

Title: Changes in breast cancer pathology reports after second opinion


Vicente Marco graduated from the University of Barcelona Medical School. He underwent residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA. He is certified by The American Board of Pathology. Currently, he is Director of the Department of Anatomic Pathology at Hospital Quirón Barcelona, Barcelona Spain. He has published more than 25 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an Editorial Board Member of Diagnostic Pathology.


A second opinion in breast cancer pathology reports may be requested when a patient is referred from another institution for treatment. This may uncover significant discrepancies that impact on patient management and prognosis. These discrepancies are related to the histologic diagnosis, the presence or absence of invasion in carcinomas, and the results of predictive factors of response (hormone receptors and HER2). A significant improvement in the concordance among pathologists in the assessment of breast cancer lesions can be achieved by careful histologic study, following standardized criteria and using high quality techniques. Also, complete and accurate clinical information is needed for pathological assessment.

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