Is Cytology Reliable for Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor Gene Evaluation in Non-small Cell Lung Cancer?

Cecilia Bozzetti, Marcello Tiseo, Costanza Lagrasta, Rita Nizzoli, Annamaria Guazzi, Gallia Graiani, Guido Rindi, Andrea Ardizzoni
2010 Journal of Thoracic Oncology  
Epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene copy number has been proposed as predictor of response to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors in advanced nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Methods: Cytologic and matched histologic samples from 33 primary non-small cell lung cancers were analyzed by fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) for epidermal growth factor receptor gene. Results: FISH was positive in 52% and negative in 35% of the 31 matched evaluable samples.
more » ... r of 31 (13%) cases were discordant (K ϭ 0.736; p Ͻ 0.001). Conclusion: Our data support the feasibility and reliability of epidermal growth factor receptor gene assessment by FISH on cytology.
doi:10.1097/jto.0b013e3181ce3b28 pmid:20357620 fatcat:upidsooycra3tmnazzm7ztuq5e