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September

The Pharmacogenomics of Targeted Therapy-ISH and Breast Cancer

Presenter: Dale Telgenhoff, PhD, MBA, HTL(ASCP)CM
September 21, 2017
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and 1 in 37 women will die from the disease. The histology laboratory plays a critical role in the diagnosis and prognosis of this disease, and new findings support the vital role of the laboratory as new markers and methods for detecting various subtypes of breast cancer emerge. In this seminar we will review the histological differences in the various different types of invasive breast cancer and breast cancer in-situ. We will discuss the histological findings present in these two types, and the hallmarks of specific subsets of the disease. We will then discuss the current immunohistochemical markers used to differentiate breast cancer subtypes, and why histological staining is so important in determining the treatment for these patients.
 

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October

Minimizing Tissue Artifacts in Histopathology

Presenter: Linda McDonald, HT, ASCP
October 26, 2017
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

Minimizing Tissue Artifacts in Histopathology
 
Linda McDonald, HT, ASCP
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio
 
At the end of the lecture, the participant will be able to understand

  1. What is meant by artifacts in histopathology?
  2. How these artifacts are created.
  3. How artifacts may compromise diagnoses by the pathologist. 
  4. How to eliminate and troubleshoot artifacts.
While there are some pathologists who would argue that everything we do in histotechnology creates artifacts, and therefore regard the entire process as “artifactual”, most will agree that there are certain preventable (read “unwanted”) artifacts that create a number of problems in diagnostic histopathology. Some of these are a mere nuisance, while others may compromise diagnoses and therefore may create a danger to patient safety, may result in unnecessary surgery or other therapies, or result in additional time and effort to understand and clarify their significance. In general these artifacts are related to errors of commission or omission that is, doing something we should not do, or not doing something we should do. Eliminating and/or troubleshooting artifacts often requires in-depth understanding of all of the various steps involved in the preparation of a slide, in part because similar appearing artifacts may result from different technical variations. The sporadic nature of artifacts in histopathology often compounds the difficulty we have in eliminating them entirely. The same may be said of our typical reaction to finding these artifacts, in which we seek an immediate solution to today’s problem, without investigating more completely and subsequently instituting systemic changes to minimize or eliminate recurrences. In this presentation I will review some of the common artifacts encountered in histopathology, discuss steps which may be taken to avoid them, and briefly review systematic approaches aimed at prevention of errors and enhanced patient safety in the histopathology laboratory.
Lecture Objectives At the end of this lecture, the participant will be able to:-Recognize in advance situations that predispose to producing artifacts.
Take steps to avoid introducing artifacts
 

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November

A Novel Approach to Tissue Processor Validation

Presenter: M. Lamar Jones, BS, HT/HTL(ASCP)
November 16, 2017
10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

Tissue processors are a critical instrument in the Histopathology.  There are so many variables that must be properly reviewed, tested and then validated prior to actual processing patient tissue specimens for diagnosis.  The tissue processor platform, reagents, tissue size, tissue types, programs, maintenance and operation all have a major role in tissue processing.   Sample tissue processing programs will also be discussed.  This webinar will cover all of these topics in order to validate the tissue processor for use in the histopathology laboratory.
 
 

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