Short Courses and Special Courses

SC34 - Mesenchymal Breast Tumors and Their Mimics: A Guide

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
This Short Course session includes up to one-hour break time.

Session Credits:

3 CME and 3 SAMs

Faculty

J. Jordi Rowe, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Andrea E. Dawson, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Steven D. Billings, MD, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Course Description

General surgical pathologists and residents are not consistently exposed to mesenchymal tumors of the breast. Compounding this problem, some carcinomas may be purely spindled or even show heterologous mesenchymal differentiation. There are also reactive conditions which can mimic sarcomas. In addition, the tissue may be altered by changes often seen after treatment for breast cancer. When faced with these lesions, the pathologist may struggle with such fundamental questions as: Is this mesenchymal in origin or a non-mesenchymal mimic? Is it benign or malignant? Is it even a true neoplasm? What is the most effective way to approach this case?

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this educational activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Become familiar with the spectrum of benign and malignant mesenchymal tumors that are found in the breast. Apply a systematic approach to the diagnosis of mesenchymal tumors of the breast.
  • Have a systematic approach to the diagnosis of mesenchymal tumors of the breast.
  • Be familiar with ancillary tests to help establish an accurate diagnosis.

 

Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification

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 live activity for a maximum of 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The USCAP is approved by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to offer Self-Assessment credits (SAMs) for the purpose of meeting the ABP requirements for Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Physicians must take and pass the post-test in order to claim SAMs credit.

Physicians can earn a maximum of 3 SAM credit hours.

 

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