The Role of Aspiration Cytology in Staging and Monitoring of Malignant Neoplasms

  • R. Giardini
  • S. Pilotti
  • L. Alasio
  • F. Rilke


Aspiration cytology is a well-established, easy and safe procedure which enables the pathologist to participate actively in the post-diagnostic and follow-up phase of the cancer patient’s development [1]. Fine needle aspiration biopsy (FNAB) of a clinically suspicious lymph node or non-vascular mass is one of the first procedures performed in the workup of a patient with a potentially recurrent disease because it provides accurate assessment with minimal morbidity, mortality and cost [2–5]. To quantify our experience, we reviewed the material pertaining to this area of oncological cytopathology.


Small Cell Carcinoma Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsy Suspicious Lymph Node Superficial Lymph Node Soft Tissue Nodule 
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  • R. Giardini
  • S. Pilotti
  • L. Alasio
  • F. Rilke

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