J Pathol Transl Med.  2020 Jan;54(1):1-19. 10.4132/jptm.2019.09.28.

Standardized Pathology Report for Colorectal Cancer, 2nd Edition

  • 1Department of Pathology, Korea University Guro Hospital, Seoul, Korea
  • 2Department of Pathology, Inha University School of Medicine, Incheon, Korea
  • 3Department of Pathology, Seoul National University Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 4Department of Pathology, Research Institute and Hospital, National Cancer Center, Goyang, Korea
  • 5Department of Pathology, Eulji University Hospital, Eulji University School of Medicine, Daejeon, Korea
  • 6Department of Pathology, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu, Korea
  • 7Department of Pathology, Chonbuk National University Medical School, Jeonju, Korea
  • 8Department of Pathology, Seoul Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 9Department of Pathology, Chonnam National University Medical School, Gwangju, Korea
  • 10Department of Pathology, Yonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea
  • 11Department of Pathology, Kangbuk Samsung Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 12Department of Pathology, Seoul National University, Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea
  • 13Department of Pathology, Kosin University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
  • 14Department of Pathology, Pusan National University Hospital, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea
  • 15Department of Pathology, Asan Medical Center, University of Ulsan College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 16Department of Pathology, Seoul National University Boramae Hospital, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 17Department of Hospital Pathology, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
  • 18Department of Pathology, Soonchunhyang University Seoul Hospital, Soonchunhyang UniversityCollege of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 19Department of Pathology, Konkuk University Medical Center, Konkuk University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  • 20Department of Pathology, Kyung Hee University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


The first edition of the ‘Standardized Pathology Report for Colorectal Cancer,’ which was developed by the Gastrointestinal Pathology Study Group (GIP) of the Korean Society of Pathologists, was published 13 years ago. Meanwhile, there have been many changes in the pathologic diagnosis of colorectal cancer (CRC), pathologic findings included in the pathology report, and immunohistochemical and molecular pathology required for the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer. In order to reflect these changes, we (GIP) decided to make the second edition of the report. The purpose of this standardized pathology report is to provide a practical protocol for Korean pathologists, which could help diagnose and treat CRC patients. This report consists of “standard data elements” and “conditional data elements.” Basic pathologic findings and parts necessary for prognostication of CRC patients are classified as “standard data elements,” while other prognostic factors and factors related to adjuvant therapy are classified as “conditional data elements” so that each institution could select the contents according to the characteristics of the institution. The Korean version is also provided separately so that Korean pathologists can easily understand and use this report. We hope that this report will be helpful in the daily practice of CRC diagnosis.


Colorectal neoplasms; Pathology report; Standardization; Protocol
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