Denver, CO, January 23, 2018–Rapid advancements in the molecular diagnostic testing of lung cancer have led to new treatments and greater hope for patients battling lung cancer, the most common cause of cancer death worldwide.
To ensure that clinicians stay apace and provide optimal patient care, three leading medical societies– the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC), and the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP)–have updated their 2013 evidence-based guideline.
Published today in early online release, the “Updated Molecular Testing Guideline for the Selection of Lung Cancer Patients for Treatment with Targeted Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors,” continues to set standards for the molecular analysis of lung cancers for test results that effectively guide targeted therapy and treatment.
Targeted cancer therapies are drugs or other treatments that block the spread of cancer by interfering with specific molecules that spur that specific cancer’s growth and progression. Patients whose tumors harbor certain, specific molecular alterations may be candidates for targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy, which may improve survival and quality of life.
“Several factors influenced this update, which builds on the guidance we set forth in 2013,” said Neal Lindeman, MD, director of Molecular
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