Tools and Technology

Random Periareolar Fine-Needle Aspiration: The New Pap Smear of the Breast?

Joanne Lester, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCN®, and Lisa Diane Yee, MD

From The Ohio State University Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital & Richard J. Solove Research Institute, Columbus, Ohio

Authors' disclosures of potential conflict of interest are found at the end of this article.

Correspondence to: Joanne Lester, PhD, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCN®, The Ohio State University, 1585 Neil Avenue, 034K, Newton Hall, College of Nursing, Columbus, OH 43210. E-mail: joanne.lester@osumc.edu


J Adv Pract Oncol 2012;3:411–414 | DOI: 10.6004/jadpro.2012.3.6.9 | © 2012 Harborside Press®


  

ABSTRACT

Random periareolar fine-needle aspiration continues to gain scientific credence in the short-term identification of women at increased risk for breast cancer. As this technique becomes more widely used, APs may seek to be trained in an effort to expand clinical trials, and someday provide a “Pap smear of the breast” for the women who need it most.




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