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Diagnostic Approach to Thoracic Tumors


September 28 2007


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • Dr Michael Cabanero
    Dr Michael Cabanero
  • Dr Prodipto Pal
    Dr Prodipto Pal
  • Dr Roger Hsu
    Dr Roger Hsu

    Dr. Roger Hsu is a staff thoracic pathologist at University Health Network Laboratory Medicine Program, and an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at University of Toronto. He completed his medical degree and general pathology residency at University of Alberta, followed by a pulmonary pathology fellowship at Mayo Clinic Rochester. He previously practiced as general surgical pathologist in the Edmonton zone at Alberta Precision Laboratories. Dr. Hsu’s academic interests include pathology of mediastinal neoplasia and interstitial lung diseases.


This workshop will be provided by three subspecialty-trained thoracic pathologists. In this workshop, we will discuss diagnostic approach to 1) mediastinal tumor; 2) pleural tumor and 3) multiple lung tumors. Further details of each of the categories are as follows: First category: Biopsy of Anterior Mediastinal Mass will emphasize thymic epithelial neoplasms, classification and differentials. Second category: Tumors of the Pleura will emphasize mesothelioma, provide a current subtype grading and classification, pertinent differential diagnoses and discuss potential challenges and pitfalls from a pathologist’s perspective. Third category: Diagnostic Approach to Multiple Lung Tumors, will cover synchronous lung primary carcinoma, distinguish between separate lung primaries and intrapulmonary metastasis and the role of comprehensive histologic assessment. For each of the above categories, we will employ a case based approach, where clinical context and histopathology will be reviewed and pertinent differential diagnoses will be discussed. The histologic entities will cover various types of thymic epithelial neoplasms, mesothelioma, lung carcinoma and their respective differentials.


  • Diagnostic Approach to Thoracic Tumors.
  • Identify the utility of comprehensive histologic assessment in staging of multiple lung tumors.
  • Distinguish various thoracic cavity tumors and respective differentials.
  • Grade mesotheliomas in surgical pathology specimens.
  • Diagnose mediastinal, pleural cavity and multiple lung tumors.

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