Single whole genome sequencing analysis blazes the trail for precision medicine

Giulia C. Napoli, Cindy H. Chau, William D. Figg*

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As precision oncology evolves toward developing more targeted therapies, sequencing has moved to the forefront of treatment decision-making. Whole genome sequencing (WGS) has emerged as a technology capable of identifying candidates for rare and targeted treatments. Yet, because the tumor is constantly evolving during relapse and therapy resistance, the frequency with which WGS should be performed to identify potential new therapies for progressing patients remains unknown. A recent study in Nature Medicine by Van de Haar et al. observed a remarkably stable driver gene mutational profile among 250 biopsy pairs from 231 patients undergoing standard of care treatments during the biopsy interval. Their findings suggest that the actionable metastatic cancer genome is relatively stable over time and that a single WGS provides a complete view of the treatment opportunities available to most metastatic cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-135
Number of pages2
JournalCancer Biology and Therapy
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • WGS
  • biomarkers
  • driver gene mutations
  • precision oncology
  • targeted therapies


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