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Haematological cancers: improving outcomes. A summary of updated NICE service guidance in relation to Specialist Integrated Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Services (SIHMDS)
  1. R J G Cuthbert
  1. Correspondence to Dr R J G Cuthbert, Department of Haematology, Belfast City Hospital, Lisburn Road, Belfast BT24 7WG, UK; robert.cuthbert{at}belfasttrust.hscni.net

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In modern clinical practice, the diagnosis of haematological malignancies requires the application of a range of laboratory techniques, including morphology, flow cytometry, cytogenetics and molecular pathology. Subsequent disease classification requires correlation with knowledge of the clinical manifestations in individual patients and application of the current WHO classification system, updated in 2016. Employing an integrated approach in this manner can lead to improved accuracy and timeliness of diagnosis, which is highly likely …

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