More than six people die every hour in the US from a blood cancer. Solutions can’t come fast enough for those who suffer with these cancers all around the world. Fortunately, researchers studying blood diseases have experienced rapid advances in their capabilities to develop and test effective therapies with some extremely significant advancements.
1. Next-generation sequencing (NGS)
Some of the most difficult limitations of molecular profiling for hematological cancer disorders include accurate detection of mutations in GC-rich gene regions and insertions or deletions in challenging genes. Data analysis on NGS DNA samples identifies complex variants to accurately identify myeloid malignancies. This validation of targeted mutations has encouraged many medical centers to order NGS testing for every acute myeloid leukemia case.
Faster, more efficient NGS analysis can drive better hematological cancer research outcomes to potentially improve care for patients with blood cancers and diagnosis of new cases.
2. Guideline evolution
International guidelines for hematological cancer diagnosis and treatment are continuously evolving and create the need for laboratories’ fast adaptation. Those evidence-based guidelines by physician commissions contribute to improving the clinical standard of care. The World Health Organization, European Hematology Association, European LeukemiaNet, College of American Pathologists and the American Society of Hematology call for increased use of NGS testing for initial diagnostic workup of blood cancers.
Detection of the relevant biomarkers for myeloid malignancies by NGS, per international guidelines, helps to ensure optimal clinical trial enrollment, therapy validation, dose protocols and other research benefits. A solution that can be constantly updated and inform based on those guidelines ensures that the research is always current.
3. Global application
The accurate assessment of biomarkers and the validity of resulting research findings depend on reliable DNA and RNA fusion panels and easily reproducible results. Data analysis and reporting in a comprehensive platform eliminates silos of valuable data and maximizes its application.
The SOPHiA DDM™ platform enables the upload of multimodal data from any environment to one of the world’s largest networks of connected labs. Data remains the property of the healthcare institution, but pseudonymized and pooled with like data, it can propel research and ultimately treatment forward with the goal of improved patient care.
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