Table 1 Telomerase activity and cytological examination results in subjects with lung cancer
Telomerase activityResults of cytological examination of TFNB aspirates
NSCLCSCLCAtypical cellsNon-diagnostic*All
Negative14 (26.9)0 (0)1 (25)8 (34.8)23 (27.4)
Positive38 (73.1)4 (100)4 (75)15 (65.2)61 (72.6)
  • TFNB, transthoracic fine needle biopsy; NSCLC, non-small cell lung cancer; SCLC, small cell lung cancer.

  • Values are presented as n (%).

  • *Mild atypia, necrotic, purulent, bronchial epithelial cells, granulocytes, erythrocytes, etc.