Breast Cancer

Recent advances in research are leading to new approaches for the diagnosis and clinical management of patients with breast cancer. ASCP is dedicated to helping ensure you stay abreast of the latest clinical practice recommendations and best practices to ensure optimal diagnosis, testing, and treatment for patients with breast cancer.

Educational Activities
Educational Activities

Online Modules on Breast Cancer

Latest Courses

Evolving and Emerging Trends in HER2 Classification and Reporting in Breast Cancer

The emergence of HER2-low therapies for metastatic breast cancer is a paradigm shift in the traditional binary classification of a patient’s HER2 status, creating a need for practice changes in pathology necessitated by the expansion in how HER2-low breast cancer needs to be classified and treated. During this recorded 2022 ASCP Annual Meeting session, a moderated expert faculty panel discussed evolving and emerging trends in breast cancer classification and reporting across the HER2+ spectrum. They also discussed how pathologists and laboratory professionals can prepare for HER2-low classification, tracking, and reporting. In addition, they reviewed some of the current challenges in HER2 testing and explored opportunities to prepare for the future landscape of HER classification in breast cancer.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

 

Ki67 as a Prognostic and Predictive Biomarker in HR-Positive/HER2-Negative Early Breast Cancer

Originally Broadcast January 20, 2022

This 60-minute interactive webinar will feature the expertise of a pathologist and an oncologist highlighting important and practice-changing developments related to the use of Ki67 biomarker testing in patients with HR-positive/HER2-negative early breast cancer, such as new clinical data with immediate implications for patient care. Case-based, and with expert perspectives and recommendations, this webinar addresses key educational gaps and controversies related to optimal Ki67 biomarker testing methods, including challenges with standardization, interpreting findings, and potential therapeutic implications for patients with HR-positive/HER2-negative early breast cancer to optimize clinical outcomes.

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This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly.

 

Virtual Tumor Board #2: HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer: Improving IHC Performance

Originally Broadcast February 10, 2022

This virtual tumor board from ASCP will help you understand the latest evidence regarding HER2-low breast cancer, HER2 testing guidelines, the implications for the pathology team as HER2-low therapies emerge, and ways to streamline communications with oncologists and other members of the cancer care team.

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

 

Virtual Tumor Board #1: The Science of HER2-low Breast Cancer and Implications for the Pathology Team

Originally Broadcast January 25, 2022

This virtual tumor board from ASCP will help you understand the science and emerging evidence around HER2-low breast cancer, as well as changes to practice that will be necessary in preparation for anticipated approvals of HER2-low breast cancer therapies.

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Additional Courses

HER2 In Breast Cancer: Testing Guidelines and New Treatment Approaches

Recorded October 2020

This CME/CMLE-accredited online module is designed to help Pathologists, laboratory professionals, and other members of the cancer care team apply the latest scientific evidence when evaluating HER2 status and be comfortable having an open dialogue surrounding challenging HER2 cases and how treatment is informed by HER2 status. Faculty also present information about how the emerging science around HER2‐low may impact patient care.

The activity offers 1.0 CME/CMLE credit.

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Supported by an independent educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

 

Updates in HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer

Released April 2020

This one-hour interactive, online CME/CMLE module is designed to help pathologists and laboratory professionals review and apply key concepts from the ASCO/CAP 2018 focused update on HER2 testing. The module will include a review of the ASCO/CAP 2018 focused update in HER2 testing in breast cancer, as well as application of the updates through case-based scenarios.

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Supported by an independent educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

 

Advances in HER2-positive and HER2-low Breast Cancer 

Released April 2020

This one-hour interactive, online CME/CMLE module is designed to help pathologists and laboratory professionals gain a deeper scientific understanding of recent advances in the diagnosis and management of HER2-positive and HER2-low breast cancer.

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Supported by an independent educational grant from Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

HER2 Breast Cancer Tweetorials

ASCP is hosting a CME/CMLE-accredited Tweetorial series designed to help pathologists, laboratory professionals, and other members of the cancer care team gain an understanding of the latest evidence regarding HER2-low breast cancer and HER2 testing guidelines. Each Tweetorial offers 0.5 CME/CMLE credits.

Tweetorial 1: HER2-low Emerges as a New Classification

This Tweetorial addresses updates from the latest clinical studies on HER2-low breast cancer, HER2-low definition and classification, the clinical implications of HER2-low for the cancer care team, and tools and resources for pathologists.

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Tweetorial 2: Examining the Implications of HER2-low

This Tweetorial covers HER2-low breast cancer, HER2-low classification, the clinical implications of HER2-low for the cancer care team, and tools and resources for pathologists.

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Tweetorial 3: HER2 Intratumoral Heterogeneity

This Tweetorial will cover the following topics: HER2-low breast cancer, HER2-low classification, and HER2 intratumoral heterogeneity.

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Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q Synthesis.

HER2 Breast Cancer Twitter Chats

ASCP is hosting a CME/CMLE-accredited Twitter Chat series designed to help pathologists, laboratory professionals, and other members of the cancer care team gain an understanding of the latest evidence regarding HER2-low breast cancer and HER2 testing guidelines.

Each Twitter Chat offers 1 CME/CMLE credit.

November 17 Twitter Chat

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January 19 Twitter Chat

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Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q Synthesis.

Ki67 Testing in Early Breast Cancer Podcast

Ki67 as a Prognostic and Predictive Biomarker in HR-Positive/HER2-Negative Early Breast Cancer Webinar

This podcast from ASCP will highlight important and practice-changing developments related to Ki67 testing, including the standardization, interpretation of findings, and potential therapeutic implications for patients with HR-positive/HER2-negative early breast cancer to optimize clinical outcomes.

Guest panelists:
Sunil S. Badve, MD, FRCPath
Manali Bhave, MD

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Clinical Care Options, LLC.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly

Access all of ASCP’s Inside the Lab podcasts here.

HER2-low Breast Cancer Podcasts

Evolving and Emerging Trends in HER2 Classification and Reporting in Breast Cancer

During this recorded 2022 ASCP Annual Meeting session, a moderated expert faculty panel discussed evolving and emerging trends in breast cancer classification and reporting across the HER2+ spectrum. They also discussed how pathologists and laboratory professionals can prepare for HER2-low classification, tracking, and reporting. In addition, they reviewed some of the current challenges in HER2 testing and explored opportunities to prepare for the future landscape of HER classification in breast cancer.

Guest Panelists:
Swikrity U. Baskota, MD
Marilyn Bui, MD, PhD
Mamatha Chivukula, MD, FASCP
Joseph Kim, MD, MBA, MPH, CPHQ

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This activity is supported by educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

The Science of HER2-low Breast Cancer and Implications for the Pathology Team

This podcast from ASCP will help you understand the science and emerging evidence around HER2-low breast cancer, as well as changes to practice that will be necessary in preparation for anticipated approvals of HER2-low breast cancer therapies.

Guest panelists:
Ali Brown, MD, FASCP
Erinn Downs-Kelly, DO
Aysegul A. Sahin, MD

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

HER2 Testing in Breast Cancer: Improving IHC Performance

This podcast from ASCP will help you understand current guidelines for scoring HER2 IHC and factors that may affect IHC performance, updated scoring for HER2 ISH, HER2 heterogeneity and HER2-low tumors, and practical applications of HER2 scoring and reporting challenges.

Guest panelists:
Ali Brown, MD, FASCP
Erinn Downs-Kelly, DO
Aysegul A. Sahin, MD

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Access all of ASCP’s Inside the Lab podcasts here.

Resources on Ki67 Testing

These resources, related to a January 2022 ASCP webinar on Ki67 testing, highlight important and practice-changing developments, such as new clinical data with immediate implications for patient care. The resources address key educational gaps and controversies related to optimal testing methods, addressing challenges with standardization, interpreting findings, and potential therapeutic implications for patients with HR-positive/HER2-negative early breast cancer to optimize clinical outcomes.

Access Ki67 Slide Deck

Access Ki67 At-a-Glance Resource

Access Ki67 Expert Commentary

Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Clinical Care Options, LLC.

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Lilly

Downloadable Slide Deck: HER2-low Breast Cancer 

This downloadable, easily sharable set of slides is intended for pathologists to use to educate colleagues on HER2-low breast cancer. The slides cover the following topics:

  • The science of HER2-low breast cancer
  • Clinical practice guidelines for HER2 testing in patients with breast cancer
  • Emerging therapies designed to treat patients with HER2-low breast cancer

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Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

ASCP Pathology Trailblazers in HER2-low Breast Cancer

In 2022, ASCP, working in collaboration with Q Synthesis LLC, invited pathologists to participate in a unique cohort-based leadership development CME program called Pathology Trailblazers: HER2-low Breast Cancer Collaborative Learning Exchange.

This program began in May 2022 and ran for approximately 3 months. Details and findings from the program are below.

Participation Details:

  1. Using case studies and facilitated discussion, program faculty guided participants through a leadership framework that outlined how to prepare for the emerging category of HER2-low breast cancer.
  2. Participants commited to demonstrating personal leadership growth and development through this program.
  3. ASCP held two (2) CME virtual meetings where participants engaged in group dialogue. Each meeting lasted 60 minutes.
  4. Participants were able to claim CME credits for completing the program.

To learn more about how the participants implemented their action plans, please view the project summaries below.

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Applications Are Now Closed

Pathology Trailblazers: HER2-low Breast Cancer Collaborative Learning Exchange is designed to:

  • Strengthen leadership skills among pathologists
  • Increase knowledge and competence around the evolving landscape of HER2-low breast cancer
  • Improve how HER2 testing is performed, classified, and reported
  • Support the dissemination and implementation of best practices around HER2 testing and reporting in breast cancer

Provided by the American Society for Clinical Pathology in partnership with Q-Synthesis, LLC and Clinical Care Options, LLC.

Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.

Case-based Microlearning Series: Challenges in Testing Across the HER2+ Breast Cancer Spectrum

This CME/CMLE-accredited, case-based microlearning activity is designed to help pathologists and laboratory professionals increase their knowledge, skills, and competence in testing and diagnosing breast cancer across the HER2 spectrum.

Every few days, participants will be emailed or sent several questions through the Qstream app. Each question consists of an authentic patient case/scenario and an assessment question with 3-5 multiple-choice answers designed to help you make an appropriate diagnosis/recommendation.

This case-based microlearning activity includes the following topics:

  • Best practices in IHC interpretation across the HER2 spectrum
  • Clinical practice guidelines for IHC and ISH testing
  • The science and emerging evidence around HER2-low breast cancer
  • HER2 classification, tracking, and reporting considerations
  • Emerging treatment options for patients with HER2-low breast cancer
  • The critical importance of communication within the multidisciplinary cancer care team

The activity offers 1.0 CME/CMLE credit.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, you should be able to:

  • Appropriately conduct IHC and ISH testing, classification, and reporting in routine and complex breast cancer cases across the HER2 spectrum in accordance with guidelines
  • Describe the science and emerging evidence around the diagnosis, testing, and treatment of patients with HER2-low breast cancer
  • Update laboratory processes and procedures (e.g., related to identification, tracking, and reporting) to prepare for the anticipated emergence of HER2-low as a diagnostic category of breast cancer
  • Outline ways to improve communication and coordination among pathologists, oncologists, and other members of the cancer care team when discussing HER2 test results in patients with breast cancer

Faculty

Swikrity U. Baskota, MD
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology
Columbia University Medical Center

Poonam Vohra, MD, FASCP
Associate Professor, Anatomic Pathology
University of California, San Francisco

Faculty Disclosures

Swikrity U. Baskota, MD, and Poonam Vohra, MD, FASCP, have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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To Register

  1. Visit ASCP’s Qstream site at https://ascp.qstream.com/.
  2. Sign up for a Qstream account.
  3. Enroll in the case-based microlearning series "Challenges in Testing Across the HER2+ Breast Cancer Spectrum."

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Accreditation Statement
The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The ASCP designates this online microlearning activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Commercial Support
Funded by independent educational grants from AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals and Daiichi Sankyo, Inc.