Genomic biomarkers
in metastatic
colorectal cancer

In this focus on genomic biomarkers in mCRC, VJOncology delves into…

  The current standard practice for biomarker testing

  The challenges and barriers to biomarker testing

  Potential treatment directions in the future

Current biomarker testing guidelines
for colorectal cancer

John Strickler, MD
Duke Cancer Center, USA

Updates on biomarkers of resistance
to CRC treatment

Erika Martinelli, MD, PhD
University of Campania Luigi Vanvitelli, Italy

Current state-of-the-art first-line therapy for mCRC

Chiara Cremolini, MD, PhD
University of Pisa, Italy

The potential future of genomic biomarker testing and treatment in mCRC

Targeting less common mutations
in colorectal cancer

Sebastian Stintzing, MD
Charite University Hospital, Germany

Identification and targeting of rare genomic alterations in metastatic CRC

Heinz-Josef Lenz, MD
University of Southern California, USA 

Targeting the uncommon alterations
in CRC

Andrea Sartore-Bianchi, MD
ASST Great Niguarda Metropolitan Hospital, Italy

Testing recommendations of predictive genomic biomarkers in mCRC

*NGS panels used may enable rare alterations to be picked up, i.e. NTRK
**Emerging biomarkers include HER2, MET, KRAS gene amplification, TGFα, EGFR mutations, and alterations in HER3, PI3KCA, and PTEN
±NTRK and HER2 are recommended for testing at relapse

MSI, microsatellite instability; MMR, mismatch repair; NGS, Next generation sequencing; NTRK, neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase fusions

Find out more on these biomarkers below:

Coming soon…

Check out VJOncology for future updates on this topic, including…

     Updates from clinical trials and other targeted biomarkers in mCRC

     Biomarker focus: Genetic mutations in HER2, BRAF V600E, MEK, NTRK and KRAS G12C

    Improving access to biomarker testing in mCRC and incorporating increased testing into clinical practice



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