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CellBlockistry 101 CMAS #1Book Press release News


Title of the Book:

CellBlockistry 101

(Text book of cell-blocking Science)

Monograph editor

Vinod B. Shidham, MD, FRCPath, FIAC

Cytopathology Foundation

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Cancer is a lethal disease with increasing numbers. Early diagnosis with minimally invasive modality is an important step in management. Cytopathology is commonly used for early diagnosis to follow-up at various stages during the treatment of cancer.

In addition to the study of cellular details in cytology preparations, the cytology specimens may have to be processed similar to the surgical biopsies for some special studies. Cell blocks of cytology specimens are comparable to the formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) tissue from surgical pathology specimens. They allow various elective ancillary studies on a variety of specimens through enhanced cytopathologic interpretation, including opportunity to perform immunohistochemistry, special stains, molecular tests, and other recently evolving studies such as proteomics.

CellBlockistry is the science studying chemistry and the art of achieving quantitatively and qualitatively improved cell blocks from different types of specimens. In addition to the role of CellBlockistry in clinical medicine in the field of cancer, it has a significant role in other non-cancer areas including infection and storage disorders such amyloidis. it has an increasing role in veterinary sciences and various basic science research.

This pioneering book addresses the cell block making process and “cell blocking” related challenges with recent advances in improved interdisciplinary coordination for maximally optimal outcome with ongoing research in the field.

Potential readers:
Pathologists, cytopathologists, cytotechnologists, cytoprep technologists, and other fields associated with cell-blocks directly or indirectly including radiologists, laboratory personnel, histotechnologists, immunohistochemistry technologists, veternary sciences, basic science researchers.




Contributing Authors
Lester J. Layfield
Lester J. Layfield, MD
University of Missouri, Columbia, CL, USA
Ahmed Alrajjal
Ahmed Alrajjal, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
Moumita Saha Roy Choudhury
Moumita Saha Roy Choudhury, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
Jay Yang
Jay Yang, MD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
Ali Gabali
Ali Gabali, MD, PhD
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
Vinod B Shidham
Vinod B Shidham, MD, FRCPath, FIAC
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA
Swati Satturwar
Swati Satturwar, MD
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Liron Pantanowitz
Liron Pantanowitz, MD
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Co-chairs CMAS
Shikha Bose, MD (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center)
Zubair Baloch, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania Medical Center)

CMAS coeditors-in-chief
David C. Wilbur, MD (Harvard Medical School / Mass Gen Hosp)
R. Marshal Austin, MD, PhD (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
Ruth Katz, MD (MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Keywords: Biopsy, cell block, cell blocking, CellBlockistry, fluorescent in situ hybridization, FISH, chromogenic in situ hybridization, CISH, cytocrit, cytology, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded, amyloidosis, FFPE, fixation, fine needle aspiration, immunohistochemistry, molecular pathology, subtractive coordinate immunoreactivity pattern, SCIP, Tissuecrit.