Practitioner Course

Cancer Pathology Reports

The pathology report is a critical document in cancer care - learn to decode the report for better patient outcomes.

Online Course
2 lessons


12 Months OR Subscriber Pass


90 min/lesson
3 Hours total


Dr Jessica Moore

About this course

The Pathology Report is a critical document in cancer care. There are over 100 different types of cancer with a broad spectrum of different treatments and outcomes. How do we differentiate between the different types and prescribe the best treatment for each? Chances are, the treatment plan for your patient’s cancer diagnosis started with the results in their pathology report.

This diagnostic report details whether a patient has a malignancy, the cellular changes seen under the microscope, whether or not it is confined or has spread to the small vessels or lymph nodes, the tumour type, grade and size and many other features used to provide a “pathologic diagnosis.”

Pathology reports contain a lot of medical terms, most of which, patient’s do not understand. This can contribute to patient anxiety and disempowerment. Naturopathic and integrative medicine providers can benefit from a deep understanding of the language and features included in the pathology report in order to:

  1. Better understand a patient’s unique diagnosis and prognosis
  2. Improve patient-centered communication by providing facts around the pathology
  3. Empower patients to understand how their diagnosis is being discussed by their doctors
  4. Improve communication with other multidisciplinary healthcare providers
  5. Better inform integrative support and therapeutic strategies

In this lecture you will learn about the most common variables described in a pathology report, both conceptually and within clinical context. Several of the most common cancer types will be discussed and real pathology reports will be examined. Some of the genetic testing and other tests often paired with the basic pathology report will be mentioned. The goal is to leave this lecture series with a deeper understanding of the language and variables used to understand a patient’s unique diagnosis and pathology.
What you receive:
  • Clear protocol explanations from some of the world's top practitioners
  • Clinical pearls for improved practice results
  • Access to your audio and video recordings via the App Store
  • A downloadable PDF of the presenter’s slides
  • Links to all referenced research papers and useful clinical handouts
  • Access to the community hub where you can get answers to your questions
  • A 30-day money back guarantee

From this course you will

  • Learn to effectively read pathology reports
  • Review the ten most common findings on a pathology report, including:

    -  Gross description
    -  Cell morphology and structure
    -  Immunohistochemistry
    -  Flow cytometry
    -  Cytogenetics
    -  Tumour margins
    -  Proliferation index
    -  Lymphovascular Invasion
    -  Tumour Grade and cancer stage
  • Explore the following tissue specific cancers further
        -  Prostate cancer
        -  Barrett’s oesophagus
        -  Colon polyps
        -  Colon cancer
        -  Brain cancer
        -  Lung cancer
.       -  Breast cancer

What's in this course

Your Presenter

Dr Jessica Moore, ND, FABNO

Dr Jessica Moore, ND, FABNO is a naturopathic doctor with board certification in the United States in Naturopathic Oncology. She graduated from the University of Calgary with an undergraduate in Kinesiology and received her doctoral degree from the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in 2013. She completed a highly competitive two-year, hospital-based residency at Cancer Treatment Centers of America in 2015. During her years in residency and then subsequent 3 years as a hospital staff Naturopathic Physician, she collaborated with surgeons, pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists and other specialists.

She has supported thousands of patients through the treatment of their cancer or chronic illness, as well as post-treatment to improve recovery and restore health. Currently she maintains an integrative cancer care focused practice in Vancouver BC Canada. She is an avid speaker, a published author of several peer reviewed articles and has previously severed as adjunct clinical faculty at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Boucher Campus in Vancouver.