Breast Pathology

The fellowship is designed to provide comprehensive training in breast pathology, including needle core biopsy, open biopsy, segmental resection and mastectomy interpretation. Various methods of intraoperative interpretation of tumors, margins, and lymph node status will be taught.

The fellow will have a comprehensive experience in diagnosing a variety of pathologic conditions including (but not limited to) benign lesions, inflammatory conditions, pre-malignant lesions, in situ carcinoma, invasive carcinoma, and spindle cell lesions of the breast.

Gross and microscopic interpretation will be augmented with knowledge in breast biomarker use and interpretation, as well as advances in cancer genetics and molecular markers for breast cancer treatment. Emphasis will be on an integrated team-based approach between pathology, surgery, oncology and radiology. Edmonton services a wide area of patients in the Edmonton and Northern Zones of Alberta Health Services, North West Territories, Nunavut and parts of Saskatchewan. The University of Alberta Hospital, Cross Cancer Institute and Misericordia Hospitals provide breast pathology expertise throughout Western Canada. Multiple hospital and non hospital sites will be available as sites of teaching for the fellow, including The Misericordia Community Hospital, The Grey Nuns Hospital, The Royal Alexandria Hospital, The University of Alberta Hospital, The Cross Cancer Institute and DynaLifeDx Laboratory.

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