Lung cancer and molecular testing in small biopsies versus cytology: The Logics of Worlds

Lung Cancer

Cancer Cytopathol. 2020 Sep;128(9):637-641. doi: 10.1002/cncy.22291.


The 8th Annual National Molecular Cytopathology Meeting, held in Naples, Italy, on December 2 to 3, 2019, addressed updates in diagnostic cytopathology and molecular classifications and specifically focused on lung cancer biomarker testing in cytology samples. Lung cancer continues to be the most commonly diagnosed noncutaneous malignancy in the world. In the majority of patients, lung cancers are frequently identified when they cannot be surgically accessed, and this leads to the use of

cytology for a diagnosis and theragnostic testing. The meeting was an international forum for discussing new roles and updates for cytopathology in molecular testing as the basis for provoking new trends and novel approaches. The relevant literature is referenced. The significance of these updates for the practice of pathology in general is discussed.