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Independent Study with an Expert: Pattern-Based Recognition and Differential Diagnosis of Breast Cancer Variants

Original release date:
January 28, 2021
Access to this course expires on:  July 28, 2021 at 11:59 PM Pacific Time
CME 1.5

Course Description
This presentation will cover most breast cancer variants, providing a pattern-based histologic algorithm with which to systematically and consistently approach a differential diagnosis. Diagnostic aids, including microscopic features and ancillary studies, will be discussed, with special attention to avoiding potential pitfalls. The presentation features abundant photographs and will provide pathology trainees with a relatively comprehensive overview of the majority of breast cancer variants, while simultaneously furnishing the practicing pathologist with a logical differential diagnosis infrastructure for breast cancer diagnosis, offering some diagnostic pearls along the way.

Target Audience
Practicing academic and community pathologists, and pathologists-in-training

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this educational activity, learners will be able to:
  • Apply a pattern-based algorithm to develop a differential diagnosis of breast cancer variants
  • Recognize the clinical significance of certain invasive breast cancer subtypes
  • Distinguish between common mimics and avoid diagnostic pitfalls

Continuing Medical Education
The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The faculty, committee members, and staff who are in position to control the content of this activity are required to disclose to USCAP and to learners any relevant financial relationship(s) of the individual or spouse/partner that have occurred within the last 12 months with any commercial interest(s) whose products or services are related to the CME content. USCAP has reviewed all disclosures and resolved or managed all identified conflicts of interest, as applicable.

The following faculty reported no relevant financial relationships: Kristin Jensen, MD

USCAP staff associated with the development of content for this activity reported no relevant financial relationships.