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Immunotherapy and lung cytopathology: Overview and possibilities

15-nov-2023 | Revista: Cytopathology

Maria D Lozano  1   2   3 , Allan Argueta  1 , Carlos de Andrea  1   2   3   4


Immunotherapy has become a promising cancer treatment in the past decade, and IHC is the most commonly used testing method for PDL-1/PD1 evaluation. In general, PD-L1 assays can be performed on both FFPE specimens and cytological samples.

However, their use on smears is not yet well-established or validated. Nowadays, digital images and advanced algorithms can aid in interpreting PD-L1 in cytological samples.

Understanding the immune environment of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is critical in developing successful anticancer immunotherapies. The use of a multiplexed immunofluorescence (mIF) assay on cytological samples obtained through minimally invasive methods appears to be a viable option for investigating the immune environment of NSCLC.

This review aims to briefly summarize the knowledge of the role of cytopathology in the analysis of PD-L1 by immunocytochemistry (ICC) and future directions of cytopathology in the immunotherapy setting.

CITA DEL ARTÍCULO  Cytopathology. 2023 Nov 15.  doi: 10.1111/cyt.13335