Table 1.

Summary of tissue sampling procedures

Tissue samples (N = 153) a 121 patients
Clinically required procedures (N = 84)Dedicated for protocol only (N = 69)
Surgical procedures (33)IR guided core biopsies/FNAs (60)
 11 VATS biopsies45 intrapulmonary: 44 cores, 1 FNA
 6 lung resections: 5 lobectomies, 1 pneumonectomy15 extrapulmonary: 13 cores, 2 FNAs
 6 brain metastectomies– 1 pleural
 3 laminectomies– 1 chest wall
 2 large bone resections– 2 lymph nodes
 2 lymph node excisions– 7 liver
 1 adrenalectomy– 2 adrenal
 2 mediastinoscopies– 1 omentum
– 1 kidney
Minimally invasive biopsies (17)Other procedures
 9 IR guided biopsies (4 bone, 3 lung, 1 liver, 1 kidney)1 subcarinal FNA – endoscopic, US guided
 2 IR guided lung FNAs1 lymph node FNA
 3 kyphoplasties1 bone biopsy
 2 bedside FNA's (1 skin, 1 lymph node)1 lymph node excisional biopsy
 1 cervical biopsy
Fluid samples (34)Bedside FNAs
 26 pleural fluid3 lymph node
 5 lumbar punctures1 chest wall
 1 peritoneal fluid1 skin
 2 pericardial fluid
  • aTwenty-seven patients had multiple specimens studied (range 2–3).