Are genomic tests for prognostic risk at diagnosis really helpful (yet)?

One of the critical and unanswered questions about the value of genomic/genetic testing in relation to the diagnosis and prognosis of prostate cancer is, “What are the currently available tests actually telling us compared to the clinical data?” … READ MORE …

Medicare to cover genetic/genomic testing in advanced cancers

In an important decision announced late on Friday last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it had agreed to cover costs associated with genetic/genomic testing for Medicare patients with many advanced forms of cancer. … READ MORE …

Genomic testing and management of low-/intermediate-risk prostate cancer

A new paper has provided us with data on the ability of genomic testing to predict adverse pathology in a man undergoing a multiparametric MRI (mpMRI) and subsequent biopsy for risk of prostate cancer. … READ MORE …

The 400,000+ CAP screening trial reports initial results

A while ago now we had first mentioned the “Cluster randomized trial of PSA testing for prostate cancer” or CAP trial — the single largest randomized trial of PSA screening for risk of prostate cancer to be implemented. … READ MORE …

Liquid biopsies, ctDNA, and the diagnosis and management of cancers

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the College of Pathologists (CAP) have just issued a joint review of available information on clinical use of “liquid biopsies” to assess circulating levels of tumor DNA (ctDNA). … READ MORE …

New test now available for identification of AR-V7 mutations in mCRPC

According to a media release issued yesterday, Genomic Health has now made available a commercial test for risk of the AR-V7 mutation in men with metastatic, castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC). … READ MORE …

What did you hope to learn from your genetic test … if you have ever had one?

There’s a very nice article today on the MedPage Today web site about the medical value of “at-home genetic testing” (i.e., the sorts of tests available from companies like 23&Me and some others). … READ MORE …