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Preferred: A paraffin-embedded tissue block containing breast cancer tissue that has been fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin within 1 hour from surgical collection time and for a total of 6 to 72 hours and shipped at ambient temperature
Acceptable: 2 unstained sections, containing breast carcinoma, on charged slides cut at 4 microns <1 month ago and shipped at ambient temperature. Tissue on the slides should have been fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin within 1 hour from surgical collection time and for a total of 6 to 72 hours.
Container/Tube: Pathology Packaging Kit (Supply T554)
1. Submit paraffin-embedded invasive or metastatic breast carcinoma tissue.
2. Include accompanying pathology report stating the final diagnosis. If not available, a preliminary diagnosis is acceptable only if it refers to invasive or metastatic breast carcinoma.
3. Attach the green pathology address label included in the kit to the outside of the transport container.
1. Information regarding duration of fixation is required. When ordering this test, the following questions, as stated on the order form or presented electronically, must be answered:
-"Was specimen fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin within 1 hour from surgical collection time? Yes, No, or Unknown."
-"Has specimen been fixed in 10% neutral-buffered formalin for 6 to 72 hours? Yes, No, or Unknown."
2. According to the College of American Pathologists (CAP)/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) guidelines, HER2 protein immunohistochemical test results are only valid for nondecalcified, paraffin-embedded specimens fixed in 10% neutral buffered formalin within 1 hour from surgical collection time and for a total time of 6 to 72 hours. Under- or overfixation may affect these results.
3. HER2 immunohistochemistry testing on intracystic papillary carcinoma and solid papillary carcinoma, without clearly stating invasive carcinoma, is not appropriate and will be canceled without processing.
4. Paraffin blocks will be returned with final report.
Forms: If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:
Pathology Test Request Form (T246) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/pathology-request-form.pdf)
Oncology Test Request Form (T729) (http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/it-mmfiles/oncology-request-form.pdf)