Updated molecular testing guideline for the selection of lung cancer patients for treatment with targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitors guideline from the college of American pathologists, the international association for the study of lung cancer, and the association for molecular pathology

Neal I. Lindeman, Philip T. Cagle, Dara L. Aisner, Maria E. Arcila, Mary Beth Beasley, Eric H. Bernicker, Carol Colasacco, Sanja Dacic, Fred R. Hirsch, Keith Kerr, David J. Kwiatkowski, Marc Ladanyi, Jan A. Nowak, Lynette Sholl, Robyn Temple-Smolkin, Benjamin Solomon, Lesley H. Souter, Erik Thunnissen, Ming S. Tsao, Christina B. VenturaMurry W. Wynes, Yasushi Yatabe

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Context.-In 2013, an evidence-based guideline was published by the College of American Pathologists, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the Association for Molecular Pathology to set standards for the molecular analysis of lung cancers to guide treatment decisions with targeted inhibitors. New evidence has prompted an evaluation of additional laboratory technologies, targetable genes, patient populations, and tumor types for testing. Objective.-To systematically review and update the 2013 guideline to affirm its validity; to assess the evidence of new genetic discoveries, technologies, and therapies; and to issue an evidence-based update. Design.-The College of American Pathologists, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the Association for Molecular Pathology convened an expert panel to develop an evidence-based guideline to help define the key questions and literature search terms, review abstracts and full articles, and draft recommendations. Results.-Eighteen new recommendations were drafted. The panel also updated 3 recommendations from the 2013 guideline. Conclusions.-The 2013 guideline was largely reaffirmed with updated recommendations to allow testing of cytology samples, require improved assay sensitivity, and recommend against the use of immunohistochemistry for EGFR testing. Key new recommendations include ROS1 testing for all adenocarcinoma patients; the inclusion of additional genes (ERBB2, MET, BRAF, KRAS, and RET) for laboratories that perform next-generation sequencing panels; immunohistochemistry as an alternative to fluorescence in situ hybridization for ALK and/or ROS1 testing; use of 5% sensitivity assays for EGFR T790M mutations in patients with secondary resistance to EGFR inhibitors; and the use of cell-free DNA to "rule in" targetable mutations when tissue is limited or hard to obtain.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-346
JournalArchives of pathology & laboratory medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018

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