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Breast cancer diagnosis

The triple test refers to three diagnostic components used to investigate new breast symptoms that could be due to breast cancer: (i) patient history and clinical examination; (ii) diagnostic imaging; (iii) non-excisional biopsy and surgical referral.

Clinical resources

This section includes resources on:

Breast imaging

  • Synoptic breast imaging report
    Publication date: April 2007
    Includes a five-point classification system for imaging findings to help prevent errors in interpretation and to effectively communicate the level of concern between the radiologist and referring doctor.
     
  • Synoptic breast imaging report reference card
    Publication date: April 2007
    Pocket-sized card providing a summary of the requirements of the synoptic report.

Pathology reporting

  • The pathology reporting of breast cancer: a guide for pathologists, surgeons, radiologists and oncologists
    Publication date: 1997; last updated August 2008
    Developed in collaboration with the Australian Cancer Network developed to help ensure better communication between clinicians and reduce the likelihood of misinterpretation of findings. (Endorsed by: The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.)
     
  • The pathology reporting of breast cancer: synoptic report (card)
    Publication date: August 2008
     
  • The pathology reporting of breast cancer: synoptic report - invasive carcinoma (form)
    Publication date: August 2008
     
  • The pathology reporting of breast cancer: synoptic report – ductal carcinoma in situ (form)
    Publication date: August 2008