Small cell-like glandular proliferation of prostate: A rare lesion not related to small cell prostate cancer

Virchows Arch. 2017 Jan;470(1):47-54

Kryvenko ON, Williamson SR, Trpkov K, Gupta NS, Athanazio D, Selig MK, Smith PT, Magi-Galluzzi C, Jorda M


Small cell-like change (SCLC) is a rare prostate lesion which has been described in only two previous studies (total of eight cases). Its relation to possible neuroendocrine differentiation remained unclear. We evaluated 11 SCLC cases with immunohistochemistry and electron microscopy. SCLC was characterized by crowded hyperchromatic small nuclei with scant cytoplasm, rosette-like structures, finely granular chromatin with indistinct nucleoli, and lack of mitoses, apoptoses, and necroses. In nine cases, SCLC was admixed with high-grade cancer, and in two cases, it represented a separate intraductal process, spatially remote from a low-volume Gleason score 6 (grade group 1) cancer. Only 2/11 SCLC labeled for synaptophysin, chromogranin, and serotonin, although 6/11 were at least focally positive for TTF1. Staining for NKX3.1 and pancytokeratin was typically weak, focal, and markedly reduced compared to the adjacent cancer. SCLC was positive for ERG in 1/8 and for racemase in 6/10 cases, again typically in a focal and weak fashion. There was no immunoreactivity with CD56, p63, or HMWCK. Ki-67 highlighted only rare nuclei (<1 %). No neuroendocrine granules were demonstrated by electron microscopy in four cases that showed no immunoreactivity for neuroendocrine markers. In summary, SCLC is more frequently found in high-grade prostate cancer, but it may also be encountered as a noninvasive lesion in Gleason score 6 (grade group 1) cancer. Importantly, it does not appear to indicate neuroendocrine differentiation. The low-grade cytology, the lack of mitoses and apoptoses, and the minimal Ki-67 reactivity are findings to support its discrimination from a small cell carcinoma.


Falling Walls Venture – Berlin 2018

Congratulations to John Lewis and Nanostics for winning an entry into the highly competitive and prestigious Falling Walls Venture Conference in Berlin, November 8-9, 2018!

Five presenters pitched their healthcare-related ideas and innovations to a panel of tech and business-savvy judges and a large audience on Aug 29, 2018, at the University of Alberta in a high-stakes “TEDTalk” meets “Dragon’s Den” style. The competition was tough but John Lewis edged out the fellow contenders to win a chance to pitch a 5-minute talk on Nanostics’ high-accuracy prostate cancer diagnostic reflex test: ClarityDX Prostate.

John talked with Mark Connolly from the CBC Edmonton Morning show on September 4 about the Falling Walls competition and what he is preparing for this November.

Good luck to John Lewis at the Falling Walls Finale in Berlin!

John Lewis wins an entry to Falling Walls Berlin!

- Perrin Beatty