Position Paper| Volume 51, ISSUE 16, P2285-2288, November 2015

Optimal breast cancer pathology manifesto

Published:August 14, 2015DOI:


      • This manifesto calls for high quality pathology services for all breast cancer patients in Europe.
      • The pathology services must meet the needs of the patients and clinicians.
      • The diagnostic and prognostic information for decision making must be timely delivered.
      • Hospitals should ensure pathology integrated in multidisciplinary teamwork visible to patients.
      • Pathology: vital discipline with substantial career potential for pathologists and technicians.


      This manifesto was prepared by a European Breast Cancer (EBC) Council working group and launched at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Glasgow on 20 March 2014.
      It sets out optimal technical and organisational requirements for a breast cancer pathology service, in the light of concerns about variability and lack of patient-centred focus.
      It is not a guideline about how pathology services should be performed. It is a call for all in the cancer community – pathologists, oncologists, patient advocates, health administrators and policymakers – to check that services are available that serve the needs of patients in a high quality, timely way.


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