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February 2014

2013 statement on human papillomavirus DNA test utilization

February 2014—The Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium in 2009 issued a statement on human papillomavirus DNA test utilization that was published in multiple journals. This statement was a concise summary of the clinical indications for high-risk or oncogenic HPV testing based on guidelines of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology and the American Cancer Society published from 2002 through 2007. These organizations have since published newer consensus guidelines addressing HPV testing, and the previous summary no longer reflects current screening and management guidelines.

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Testing the test—ABP administers pilot part 3 MOC exam

February 2014—All primary and subspecialty certificates that the American Board of Pathology issues are now time limited, and diplomates must successfully participate in the ABP’s Maintenance of Certification, or MOC, program to maintain certification. Part three of the four-part MOC program is the evaluation of cognitive expertise, which consists of a secure examination that assesses a diplomate’s pathology-specific knowledge, judgment, and skills.

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Newsbytes, 2/14

February 2014—Orchard Software collaborates with Memorial Sloan-Kettering: Orchard Software has entered into a long-term agreement with Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center under which Orchard will supply the cancer center with its Orchard Harvest lab information system while working with Memorial Sloan-Kettering to enhance and further develop its lab informatics products.

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Anatomic Pathology Selected Abstracts, 2/14

February 2014—Early stage triple-negative breast cancer treated with mastectomy without adjuvant radiotherapy; Predicting recurrence after limited resection versus lobectomy for small lung adenocarcinoma; HER2 amplification in gastric cancer: a rare event restricted to intestinal phenotype; Gleason score undergrading on biopsy sample of prostate cancer; Fallopian tube intraluminal tumor spread from noninvasive precursor lesions; Factors that influence histopathological diagnosis of differentiated vulvar intraepithelial neoplasia; Impact of molecular analysis on final sarcoma diagnosis; Distinguishing primary bladder adenocarcinoma from secondary involvement by colorectal adenocarcinoma; Determining if close margins warrant postoperative adjuvant radiotherapy in oral squamous cell carcinoma; Three methodological approaches for defining basal-like lesions in triple-negative breast carcinoma

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Q & A Column, 2/14

February 2014—We are thinking about using a reference laboratory for HER2 FISH testing of breast carcinomas with an arrangement in which that lab performs the technical component and we perform the interpretation. A “frequently asked question” from 2011 on the CAP Web site seems to say that we must perform bright-field ISH proficiency testing to be in compliance, since we are not performing the hybridization and cannot refer PT to another laboratory. Can you clarify the PT requirement, if any, for this situation? The vendor we are dealing with has offered to establish its own FISH PT program.

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Put It on the Board, 2/14

February 2014—When are genomic tests useful? IOM seeks answers: Collaboration among key stakeholders to set clear evidentiary standards is needed to determine the clinical utility of genome-based testing in cancer care, according to a wide variety of experts participating in an Institute of Medicine workshop. Between 1969 and 1989, genomic biomarkers were mentioned in fewer than 50,000 National Library of Medicine publications. But between 2000 and 2010, more than 250,000 articles mentioned biomarkers, said a December 2013 IOM report, “Genome-Based Diagnostics: Demonstrating Clinical Utility in Oncology: Workshop Summary.”

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