Recently, many progresses have been recorded in the molecular and histogenetic characterization of the haematopoietic and lymphoid tumours, resulting in important classifying changes. As a consequence, the exact definition of lymphoma subtype requires an integration between traditional morphologic "expertise" and several bio-functional data obtained from advanced and complex ancillary techniques (immunohistochemistry, molecular biology and cytogenetics). At the same time, the data provided by gene expression profiling studies are going to deeply modify the therapies in haematological cancers. These studies are expected to allow the achievement of single-patient-tailored genic therapy; for this reason it is necessary to get biological samples of good quality. Indeed, while these progresses contribute to highlight the pathologist's diagnostic role, they should make us reflect on the state of the art of the Italian haemolymphopathology diagnostics and on its ability to cope up with the new challenges. The aim of this article is to outline a realistic picture of the present condition, and to explain the reasons for setting up, inside SIAPEC-IAP, the Haemolymphopathology Italian Group (H.I.G.). The purpos e of H.I.G. will be twofold: first of all, scheduling of a series of projects so as to the haemolymphopathological diagnostic standardization; secondly, building a national network among all the pathologists involved in this exciting and complex field of the anatomic pathology.
|Translated title of the contribution||The Haemolymphopathology Italian Group (H.I.G.): An essential resource for the new technical and organization problems troubling modern haemolymphopathology diagnostics|
|Number of pages||4|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 2006|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine