Evaluation of programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) expression can be made on both resection specimens and diagnostic biopsies; however, more than 30% of patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) do not have adequate histologic material to perform PD-L1 assays and require additional biopsies. In addition, in our practice, more than 16% of cases have cytological smears as the only available material. Our aim was to validate the PD-L1 immunocytochemistry assay on cytological smears and compare its accuracy with the results obtained from tissue cores and whole tumor sections using the clinically relevant cutoff of 50%.
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