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Frontline dispatches from the burnout battle

June 2018—Bryan Bohman, MD, doesn’t spend his days wandering the Bay Area handing out buttons that read “Lift people, not the bottom line.” But don’t rule this out as a possibility someday, either.

For one laboratory, a workflow transformation

June 2018—“Form follows function” is a famous design principle, coined by an architect. But in the health care system and elsewhere, perfect matches between form and function are scarce.

NGS to take top spot as cancer biomarker testing broadens

June 2018—For biomarker testing and tissue conservation, all roads lead to next-generation sequencing, says Boaz Kurtis, MD, laboratory and medical director of Cancer Genetics in Los Angeles.

Questions about frozen tissue, preanalytic variables, tumor content

June 2018—Boaz Kurtis, MD, laboratory and medical director of Cancer Genetics in Los Angeles, took the following questions from attendees at a webinar on NGS in routine non-small cell lung cancer biomarker testing.

From the President’s Desk—CAP18: bringing it all back home

June 2018—Nobody has an annual meeting like ours. Nobody. And CAP18 will be no exception. The CAP18 educational program features 85 courses presented by 128 outstanding faculty. A quick scan of the program reveals 42 new learning opportunities and another 38 returning by popular demand; attendees can earn as many as 34.25 CME credits and 30 SAM credits.

Satisfaction high with new automated AMH assays

June 2018—Testing for anti-müllerian hormone got a boost in 2017 when the year began and ended with the FDA clearing the first two fully automated AMH assays from Roche and Beckman Coulter.

Core needle biopsy of the breast: cases and cautions

June 2018—With core needle biopsies of the breast, if something looks like an epithelial malignancy, ask yourself: Is it really a carcinoma? If it is a carcinoma, ask yourself if it is a primary breast carcinoma.

Instrument acquisition, skilled labor on the table: Makers of chemistry, immunoassay analyzers answer our questions

June 2018—Broad menus, efficient workflows, single platforms, rural labs, cybersecurity, and economics are some of what one CEO and three marketing and product managers talked to CAP TODAY about when we spoke to four companies whose analyzers are profiled in the product guide.

New reference guide for ultrasound-guided FNA

June 2018—New reference guide for ultrasound-guided FNA CAP Press released last month a new reference guide, Ultrasound Features of Superficial and Palpable Lesions. It’s small and spiral bound and has a laminated cover and tabs for easy reference. There are 375 images and illustrations in the guide’s 200 pages, a sampling of which are displayed on this page.

Letters

June 2018—LCIS variants and DCIS: We write in response to the article by Karen Lusky regarding tips to distinguish DCIS from variant forms of LCIS (April 2018). A different question might be: Is it actually important to distinguish these two in situ proliferations?

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