[Recommendations for the immunohistochemical evaluation of hormone receptors on paraffin sections of breast cancer. Study Group on Hormone Receptors using Immunohistochemistry FNCLCC/AFAQAP. National Federation of Centres to Combat Cancer/French Association for Quality Assurance in Pathology]

Ann Pathol. 1996;16(2):144-8.
[Article in French]


These recommendations regard the immunohistochemical evaluation of estrogen and progesterone receptors in paraffin sections of breast cancers. All the components of the procedure are dealt with: fixation, antigen retrieval, antibodies, controls, analysis and interpretation of immunostaining, report and quality assurance parameters. The purpose of these guidelines is to serve as a basis for standardization of techniques and results and to improve quality control.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / chemistry*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunohistochemistry / standards*
  • Paraffin Embedding
  • Quality Assurance, Health Care / standards*
  • Receptors, Estrogen / analysis*
  • Receptors, Progesterone / analysis*


  • Receptors, Estrogen
  • Receptors, Progesterone