Standardizing preanalytical variables for molecular cytopathology

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  • Gilda da Cunha Santos MD, PhD, FIAC

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    1. Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    2. Laboratory Medicine Program, University Health Network, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
    • Corresponding author: Gilda da Cunha Santos, MD, PhD, FIAC, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, University Health Network, 200 Elizabeth St, 11th Fl, Eaton Wing, Toronto, Ontario M5G 2C4 Canada; Fax: (416) 340-5517; gilda.santos@uhn.ca

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Abstract

Standardized protocols for the fixation and handling of cytological specimens are required for reliable, consistent, and robust molecular test results for the assessment of biomarkers to direct patient selection for targeted therapies. This editorial discusses the strengths and limitations of the article by Dejmek et al with regard to this topic.

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