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Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment. 2017, 5(3), 77-85
DOI: 10.12691/jcrt-5-3-1
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Molecular Profiling for Clinical Decision Making in Advanced Cancer: A Clinical Appraisal

Jaume Capdevila1, Federico Rojo2, Antonio González-Martín3, Enrique Grande4, Salvador Martín-Algarra5, Javier Puente6, Begoña Soler López7, , Ruth Vera5 and Jesús García-Foncillas8

1Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, Vall Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO), Barcelona, Spain

2Pathology Department, Fundación Jiménez Díaz University Hospital, Madrid, Spain

3Anderson Cancer Center, Medical Oncology Department Madrid, Spain

4Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal, Medical Oncology Department, Madrid, Spain

5Medical Oncology Department, Clínica Universitaria de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain

6Medical Oncology Department, Hospital Clínico Universitario San Carlos, Thoracic, Urologic & Melanoma Cancer Unit, Madrid, Spain

7Medical Department, Las Rozas (Madrid), Spain

8Department of Oncology, University Hospital “Fundación Jiménez Díaz”, Autonomous University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Pub. Date: June 21, 2017

Cite this paper:
Jaume Capdevila, Federico Rojo, Antonio González-Martín, Enrique Grande, Salvador Martín-Algarra, Javier Puente, Begoña Soler López, Ruth Vera and Jesús García-Foncillas. Molecular Profiling for Clinical Decision Making in Advanced Cancer: A Clinical Appraisal. Journal of Cancer Research and Treatment. 2017; 5(3):77-85. doi: 10.12691/jcrt-5-3-1


In the past five years, technological advances in the field of precision medicine in oncology have led to the emergence of a number of commercially available services for tumor profiling. There is an increased acceptance of these services that can help in finding treatment options based on molecular alterations as individual case reports have shown outstanding response to targeted therapies. Tumor profiling must seek to augment, rather than replace, existing local testing with the objective of helping more patients to find appropriate treatment options. The opportunity has arrived to integrate these services into the clinical setting, specifically in cases of refractory and rare tumors. The promise of precision medicine is clear but conclusive demonstration of how each of the different services delivers on the promise is not uniformly forthcoming. The selection of which service is most appropriate must be based on demonstrated analytical validation, quality standards, and data on clinical benefit and utility. The aims of this paper are to evaluate three tumor tissue profiling services commercially available and to propose to the physician how molecular profiling information can be used in clinical treatment decisions today.

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