Dr Andrey Antov recognizes how important the role of the navigator is in dealing with genetic and genomic testing, as the navigator often needs to help the patient gain access to the appropriate therapy, work with different stakeholders, monitor data, and more.
Dr Andrey Antov provides an overview of the role of Jackson Laboratory in the field of cancer genetic testing and in the education of nurses and navigators who co-manage patients at high risk or with a diagnosis of cancer.
Dr Sanjiv Agarwala predicts that the cancer biomarkers of the future may be “mobile biomarkers,” meaning measures of the tumor microenvironment or immune response that change with therapy and may be able to determine treatment efficacy.
Dr Sanjiv Agarwala discusses the usefulness of MSI and TMB as novel biomarkers for various cancer types. His argument is that the first FDA approval of a therapy based on MSI rather than tumor type makes this biomarker useful, but TMB is not yet ready for “prime time.”
Dr Sanjiv Agarwala describes best practices developed at St. Luke’s Cancer Center, where a committee has been formed in which clinicians and pathologists meet to reach consensus on reflex testing of molecular biomarkers, as well as the value of biomarker testing in enhancing patient care.