Understanding cell interactions and subpopulation distribution is crucial for pathologists to support their diagnoses. This cell information is traditionally extracted from segmentation methods, which poses significant computational challenges on processing Whole Slide Images (WSIs) due to their giga-size nature. Nonetheless, the clinically relevant tasks are nuclei detection and classification rather than segmentation. In this manuscript, we undertake a comprehensive exploration of the applicability of detection transformers for cell detection and classification (Cell-DETR). Not only do we demonstrate the effectiveness of the method by achieving state-of-the-art performance on well-established benchmarks, but we also develop a pipeline to tackle these tasks on WSIs at scale to enable the development of downstream applications. We show its efficiency and feasibility by reporting a significantly faster inference time on a dataset featuring large WSIs. By addressing the challenges associated with large-scale cell detection, our work contributes valuable insights that pave the way for improved diagnostics and downstream applications leveraging cell-level information.