Current best practices and rationalistic perspectives in causation-based prevention, early detection and multidisciplinary treatment of breast and gastric cancer

Gastric & Breast Cancer e-journal
DOI: 10.2122/gbc.2017.0257


Discovering novel genes and druggable mutations in gastric cancer by applying Next-Generation Sequencing.

Prof. Theodore Liakakos, MD, PhD

Affiliation: Theodore Liakakos, MD, Professor of Surgery, Head of 1st Department of Surgery, National Kapodistrian University of Athens, Laikon General Hospital, Athens, Greece.


Background: Slow progress in understanding molecular mechanisms of tumorigenesis, metastasis and therapeutic resistance are reflected by substantially cancer-related death-rates in stages II, III and IV.
Methods: Rapid progress and validity of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) to identify genetic heterogeneity has led us to perform whole exome sequencing (WES) normal cancer tissue paired in gastric cancer patients. Aim of this study was to identify novel cancer driver genes and mutations with clinical revelation.
Several new gastric cancer driver genes and mutations have been highlighted by our statistical analysis. Two of these genes might have clinical implications as biomarkers and/or druggable mutations.
Conclusion: Large patient centric WES trials are required for valid identification of novel oncotarget based drug development and new predictive biomarkers. This strategy could improve personalized treatment of gastric cancer.

(Citation: Gastric & Breast Cancer 2017; 12(1): 20-30)

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