This module reviews the importance of pathologic evaluation of tissue in establishing a diagnosis of cancer and provides a basic summary of the processes and tests used in the pathology laboratory culminating in the final pathology report. Topics include the workings of the pathology laboratory; tumor sampling techniques, including liquid biopsies; handling of tissue in the pathology lab; and common laboratory testing methodologies performed on tumors used to establish diagnosis, provide prognostic information, guide therapy and monitor response to therapy.
Upon successful completion of this module, participants should demonstrate:
- Improved understanding of the importance of pathologic evaluation of tissue to establish diagnosis and guide therapy for patients.
- Basic understanding of the various types of pathology laboratories and members of the pathology laboratory.
- Improved understanding of the various biopsy techniques used to sample tumors.
- Basic understanding of tissue fixation techniques and the importance of pre-analytical variables in ensuring accurate ancillary testing.
- Improved understanding of how biomarker testing is used in oncology.
- Improved understanding of the methodology and clinical utility of common molecular and immunohistochemical tests used in oncology.
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