Current principles underlying clinician and pathologist cooperation in pathological and genetic diagnostics in breast cancer patients in the times of personalised medicine

  • Ewa Śrutek Chair and Department of Surgical Oncology, Ludwik Rydygier’s Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland
  • Tomasz Nowikiewicz - Department of Clinical Breast Cancer and Reconstructive Surgery, Oncology Center – Prof Franciszek Lukaszczyk Memorial Hospital, Bydgoszcz, Poland - Chair and Department of Surgical Oncology, Ludwik Rydygier’s Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland http://orcid.org/0000-0002-6492-4427
  • Wojciech Zegarski Chair and Department of Surgical Oncology, Ludwik Rydygier’s Collegium Medicum in Bydgoszcz, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun, Poland
Keywords: breast cancer, pathological diagnostics, genetic diagnostics, interdisciplinary communication

Abstract

Positive long-term treatment outcome in cancer patients depends mainly on the disease stage. It also depends on selection of an optimum therapeutic management. In breast cancer patients, the final treatment arrangements result, to a large extent, from a quality of cooperation of medical personnel providing cancer diagnostics and therapy. This requires knowledge of mutual expectations of doctors of different specialisations. The most common problems in interdisciplinary communication are relatively easy to notice in relations between a clinician (surgeon) and a pathologist. This paper discusses the most important aspects of that relationship.