Newly Diagnosed Lung Cancer: Which Molecular Tests Are Needed for Optimal Treatment Decision Making?

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Abstract

The management of advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has changed dramatically over the past few years due to our expanded knowledge of the molecular basis of lung cancer (driver mutations and immune targets) and drugs that affect these pathways, namely targeted agents and checkpoint inhibitors. Consequently, it is important to test patients with newly diagnosed advanced NSCLC for potentially significant molecular abnormalities prior to the initiation of treatment. This requires close coordination between the surgical pathologist, the molecular pathologist, and the medical oncologist to ensure that the biopsy specimen is used judiciously to get all necessary information. In this article, I suggest an approach to the diagnostic evaluation of patients with newly diagnosed advanced NSCLC, in an attempt to identify the best treatment options for each.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)276-280
Number of pages5
JournalOncology (Williston Park, N.Y.)
Volume32
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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