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Tag Archives: Molecular pathology/diagnostics (see also Polymerase chain reaction technology and AMP molecular case reports) —

Lung guideline goals: more tests, treatment

March 2018—Among the many never-ending chores that humans undertake—paying bills, filing taxes, flossing—writing medical guidelines can seem like an especially perpetual task. Just ask the architects of an updated document on molecular testing for lung cancer, issued by the CAP, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the Association for Molecular Pathology.

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Next-gen sequencing finds further clinical utility in oncology

January 2018—One of the plenary sessions at the 2017 meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology—“High Impact Molecular Diagnostics for Cancer and Inherited Diseases”—was a virtual mini-course in the latest and most useful applications of next-generation sequencing to detect germline and somatic mutations in cancer. Both speakers zeroed in on the clinical utility of their innovative diagnostic techniques.

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New molecular road map for CRC

April 2017—Molecular testing for colorectal cancer is not for the faint of heart. While that’s not news to Stan Hamilton, MD—he’s head, Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and the Frederick F. Becker distinguished chair in cancer research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center—he was reminded of this fact recently when a friend looked at the multipage molecular pathology report on his own tumor.

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‘A marriage of virtual and real bronchoscopy’

February 2017—The molecular testing guidelines have been having a significant impact on surgical practices since they were issued, said thoracic surgeon Min Kim, MD, another webinar panelist. As practice at his institution, Houston Methodist Hospital, has evolved, Dr. Kim said, there has been an increasing need for minimally invasive ways of obtaining tissue from lung cancer patients.

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What molecular diagnostics laboratory systems offer

December 2016—As personalized and predictive medicine have progressed from not-in-my-lifetime to now available, health care information technology vendors have faced the challenge of how to manage a mass of molecular data and direct molecular testing processes. CAP TODAY asked vendors of molecular diagnostics lab information systems to explain what their products contribute to the flourishing field of molecular testing. Here are their responses.

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Diagnosing polycythemia vera: conventional tools amid molecular options—case report and brief review

April 2016—Case. The patient presented in May 2013 at age 42 with a two-year history of fatigue and pruritus of his legs. He smoked one pack of cigarettes per day as he had for 25 years and had about five to six alcoholic drinks daily. Physical exam was unremarkable with no rash or palpable splenomegaly. Height was 74 inches and weight 189 pounds.

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Roads cross in clonal hematopoiesis and stem cell studies

March 2016—At the annual meeting of the Association for Molecular Pathology in November 2015, one plenary session was called “Exciting Times for Translational Research in Molecular Hematology.” In accord with the title, Margaret Goodell, PhD, gave an exciting talk about how hematopoietic stem cells are regulated in mice. While Dr. Goodell’s basic research was impressive, what was most remarkable was how it meshed with and anticipated research in human hematopoietic malignancies from other laboratories.

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In genetics, stay open to the unexpected

July 2015—When Uta Francke, MD, received the Association for Molecular Pathology Award for Excellence in Molecular Diagnostics at the 2014 AMP meeting, she titled her lecture “Adventures in Disease Gene Identification and Characterization of Mutations.” Her title was appropriate for a research clinician who, during her 35-year career, while working on several major human genetic disease challenges, contributed in significant ways to our understanding of important genetic disease mechanisms and whose laboratory identified the gene for Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome.

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