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Detection of Gene Mutations in Liquid Biopsy of Melanoma Patients: Overview and Future Perspectives

Authors
  • Alrabadi, Nasr1
  • Haddad, Razan1
  • Alomari, Ahmed K.2, 2
  • 1 Jordan University of Science and Technology, Irbid, 22110, Jordan , Irbid (Jordan)
  • 2 Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN, USA , Indianapolis (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Treatment Options in Oncology
Publisher
Springer US
Publication Date
Feb 11, 2020
Volume
21
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s11864-020-0708-4
Source
Springer Nature
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Abstract

Liquid biopsies are still far from widely implanted in the clinical arena. Issues related to the added sensitivity of this test beyond conventional methods have not been fully resolved. Additionally, issues related to the specificity of these results especially as many cancers may share common mutation need further investigations. One way to resolve this may include the development and testing of large gene panels to add higher specificity. On the other hand, further studies are needed to support the idea that ctDNA or circulating tumor cells may constitute a better representation of the tumor subpopulation that is capable of metastasizing, which will strongly support its clinical value. Finally, survival studies showing a positive impact of this technology will also justify its widespread implementation in clinical practice.

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