MOJ Cell Science and Report published Circulogene’s research from Jennifer McLarty and Dr. Chen-Hsiung Yeh.
Title: Circulating Cell-Free DNA: The Blood Biopsy in Cancer Management
Authors: Jennifer McLarty and Dr. Chen-Hsiung Yeh
Abstract: Currently, tissue biopsy, generally from the primary tumor, is used to determine molecular profiles at a single time point, before targeted therapy commences. Tissue biopsies carry some risks for patients, they are painful, costly, time- consuming, and most importantly, may not be a true representation of tumor heterogeneity. Tumor genomes are remarkably unstable and prone to clonal expansion under selection pressure, blood biopsies via circulating cell-free DNA (cfDNA) offer what tissue biopsies can’t, the opportunity to take serial samples for longitudinal monitoring of tumor genomic evolution in real time. Blood biopsy-based testing will allow clinicians to ensure treatment efficacy, monitor drug resistance, metastasis and recurrence, tailoring patients to the right treatment for the right target without delay. Tumor genome sequencing on circulating cfDNA to guide treatment decisions would be the standard-of-care of new-generation cancer management. In this review, we will briefly discuss cfDNA and its advantage over tissue biopsy, challenges and future perspectives for cancer management.