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Amid Molecular Diagnostic Advances, IHC Retains Significance in Melanoma

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Shane A. Meehan, MD

Shane A. Meehan, MD
Molecular assays are a driving force in diagnosing a broad array of tumor types, and while molecular diagnostics assays are propelling the field of oncology forward, Shane A. Meehan, MD, emphasizes the important role that immunohistochemistry (IHC) still has—especially for diagnosing melanoma.

Shane A. Meehan, MD, associate professor, Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology, associate professor, Department of Pathology, director of the Dermatopathology Fellowship Training Program, and director of the Dermatopathology Section at New York University Langone Medical Center in New York, discussed the continued importance of IHC testing, even with the emergence of novel molecular assays, in an interview during the meeting.

OncLive: Could you discuss the highlights of your lecture?

Meehan: I want oncologists to know about how important IHC is in the analysis of melanocytic lesions. It is important, but there are a limited number of applications and, primarily, the most important application is the use of IHC to determine melanocytic differentiation when one sees a poorly differentiated tumor. 
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