The breast pathology service of anatomic pathology provides pathology support to the wide variety of clinicians involved in the diagnosis and treatment of breast disease at UNMC and The Nebraska Medical Center (TNMC). Headed by William W. West, M.D., and with the expertise of other staff pathologists, this service is the source of pathology consultative services for difficult breast lesions for a variety of pathologists in Nebraska and surrounding states. Available services include histopathology and cytology consultation for breast cases; second opinions on cases at the request of the patient’s physician or the patient; a variety of immunoperoxidase studies important to the evaluation of breast lesions; and standard tumor markers (ER, PR, Her2 neu) important in the treatment of breast cancer. The breast pathology section not only provides diagnostic support in this area, but also routinely interacts with the breast surgeons, radiologists, radiation therapists, oncologists and nurse specialists at weekly multidisciplinary clinical conferences where difficult cases of breast cancer and breast disease are discussed in detail in search of the best care for patients.

Questions regarding breast specimens can be directed to Dr. West or any of the staff pathologists at UNMC 402-559-4186.

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