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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:

Investigation of a new breast symptom

  • The investigation of a new breast symptom: a guide for general practitioners
    Publication date: February 2006
    Indicates the steps to be taken in investigating symptoms that could be breast cancer, including nipple discharge. The need to take account of individual patient history and circumstances (eg. a very strong family history or previous personal history of breast cancer) is highlighted. (Endorsed by: The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists, The Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and Breast Cancer Network Australia).

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Breast imaging

  • Breast imaging: a guide for practice
    Publication date: 2002; updated April 2007
    Provides recommendations and suggestions for practice to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the processes of referral to breast imaging services and the reporting of breast imaging results. Focuses on breast imaging that occurs outside the BreastScreen Australia Program. (Endorsed by: The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiologists.)
     
  • 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.

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Biopsy

  • Breast fine needle aspiration cytology and core biopsy: a guide for practice
    Publication date: 2005
    Designed to assist all clinicians involved in the investigation of women with breast symptoms or image-detected breast lesions, primarily pathologists, surgeons and radiologists. (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.)

Pathology reporting