Five top stories in cytopathology Review uri icon

Overview

MeSH Major

  • Cytodiagnosis
  • Molecular Diagnostic Techniques
  • Neoplasms

abstract

  • Five stories paint a picture in which classical cytomorphology will continue to have essential importance, both for diagnosis and for improving our understanding of cancer biology. New endoscopy and imaging techniques are replacing surgical biopsies with cytology samples. New molecularly targeted therapies offer a chance for cytology to play a major role, but they pose new challenges. New molecular tests have the potential to synergize with, but not replace, morphologic interpretation of thyroid fine-needle aspirations. Ultrasound-guided fine-needle aspiration performed by cytopathologists is opening a new field of "interventional cytopathology" with unique value. For the productive evolution of the field, it will be important for cytopathologists to play an active role in clinical trials that document the ability of cytology to achieve cost-effective health care outcomes.

publication date

  • July 2013

Research

keywords

  • Review

Identity

Language

  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.5858/arpa.2012-0258-SA

PubMed ID

  • 23808461

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 894

end page

  • 906

volume

  • 137

number

  • 7