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November 2013

Put It on the Board, 11/13

November 2013—Myriad Genetics presented last month new clinical data from a study with myRisk Hereditary Cancer, a 25-gene hereditary cancer panel, that showed a 60 percent increase in mutations detected in cancer predisposition genes in patients with a prior history of colon cancer, polyps, or both. Myriad presented this study and data from four others at the Collaborative Group of the Americas on Inherited Colorectal Cancer Annual Meeting in Anaheim, Calif.

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Anatomic Pathology Selected Abstracts, 11/13

November 2013—Diagnostic and prognostic morphometric features in WHO 2003 invasive endometrial stromal tumors; Association of tumor staging with adverse clinical outcome in neuroendocrine tumors of appendix; Detection of HPV capsid proteins L1 and L2 in squamous intraepithelial lesions; Feasibility and safety of sequential research-related tumor core biopsies in clinical trials; Evaluation of breast amyloidosis finds AL type most prevalent; Outside case review of surgical pathology for referred patients: impact on patient care; Reporting trends for right-sided hyperplastic and sessile serrated polyps; Atypical leiomyomas of the uterus: a clinicopathologic study of 51 cases; Pathological diagnostic criterion of blood and lymphatic vessel invasion in colorectal cancer

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Newsbytes, 11/13

November 2013—New connectivity standards nearly ready to roll; CAP and mTuitive create application for care of cancer patients; European firm purchases Centricity LIS from GE; NovoPath offers Citrix platform for AP system; AHRQ tool focuses on lab test processes in medical offices; Brazilian hospital selects Cerner system

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New programs next year in gyn, nongyn cytopathology

November 2013—Participants in the CAP cytopathology programs will have new modules to select and new cases to learn from in 2014. Samples of static images that accompany the Touch Imprint/Crush Prep cases. In gynecologic cytopathology, a new L module for education will feature liquid-based SurePath and ThinPrep slide methods only. These will be designated PAPL/APAPL, with a choice of series one or two.

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Awards, honors given for sterling service

November 2013—Philip T. Cagle, MD, was presented Oct. 13 with the Pathologist of the Year award during an evening event at the CAP ’13 annual meeting in Kissimmee, Fla. At the same event, at the Gaylord Palms Orlando, Feriyl Bhaijee, MBChB, was honored as Resident of the Year, and Si Van Nguyen, MD, received the second annual CAP Foundation Gene & Jean Herbek Humanitarian award.

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Juggling IT demands—labs, vendors open up

Hopes, fears, frustrations, and change. In time for our annual LIS product guide (pages 23–38), that’s what CAP TODAY asked LIS companies and lab users of IT about. What we heard was talk of uncertainty, complexity, finite IT resources, the need to stay current, and, as one company president put it, “swimming with an anchor” attached. Here’s what they told us.

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