Procalcitonin passes
automation hurdle

Procalcitonin should be viewed as a complementary test, not as a competitor to testing of lactate, says Stefan Riedel, MD, PhD, associate medical director of clinical microbiology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. “Both laboratory tests are important for the diagnosis and management of patients with symptoms suggestive of sepsis.”

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Dr. Stefan Riedel

Highs, lows of immune
checkpoint inhibitors

Lynette M. Sholl, MD, panel moderator and associate pathologist and associate director of the Center for Advanced Molecular Diagnostics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said, “We’ve been surrounded by really incredible stories like Barry’s of extraordinary outcomes in terminal cancer patients who miraculously are given a second chance at life.”

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Dr. Lynette Sholl

Lymphoid neoplasms: Steven Swerdlow on classification revisions

In his CAP16 talk, “Lymphoma Diagnosis and Classification: My Search for the Holy Grail,” Steven H. Swerdlow, MD, acknowledged that the quest has been long and contentious and the resulting classification complex. Why, he asked, is lymphoma classification so complex?

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Dr. Steven Swerdlow

New protocols on deck as pathology helps reshape cancer staging

Staging is the nomenclature and the global common language of cancer, says Mahul Amin, MD, former chair of the CAP Cancer Committee and the AJCC editor-in-chief who led the development of the 8th edition. “It’s a fundamental language, and with each new edition of the staging manual, it is becoming the standard of classifying cancer across the globe.”

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Dr. Mahul Amin

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