Articles

Molecular test algorithms for breast tumours

BJMO - volume 13, issue 2, march 2019

Ir A. Hébrant PhD, K. Punie MD, F.P. Duhoux MD, PhD, C. Colpaert MD, PhD, G. Floris MD, PhD, K. Lambein MD, PhD, P. Neven MD, PhD, M. Berlière MD, PhD, R. Salgado MD, PhD, M. Chintinne MD, PhD, K. Dahan MD, PhD, S. Dedeurwaerdere MD, J. De Grève MD, PhD, A. de Leener MD, PhD, H. Denys MD, PhD, R. de Putter MD, L. Desmyter PhD, M. Baldewijns MD, PhD, D. Feret MD, C. Fontaine MD, C. Galant MD, P. Hilbert PhD, J. Janssens MD, PhD, D. Larsimont MD, PhD, P. Lefesvre MD, PhD, T. Sticca PhD, M-D. Tkint de Roodenbeke MD, G. Van Den Eynden MD, PhD, I. Vanden Bempt MD, PhD, C. Van den Broecke MD, I. Vandernoot MD, C. Sotiriou MD, PhD, J. van Dorpe MD, PhD, H.A. Poirel MD, PhD, E. Van Valckenborgh PhD, G. Raicevic PhD, M. Van den Bulcke PhD, P. Aftimos MD

SUMMARY

In order to advise the Federal Government on all matters related to personalised medicine in oncology, including the reimbursement of molecular tests, the Commission of Personalized Medicine (ComPerMed) has applied, for the breast tumours, the same methodology as previously applied for the digestive tumours. Meaning, the different molecular tests, represented in the shape of algorithms, are annotated with test levels — which aim to reflect their relevance based on current available data and to define the reimbursement — and are documented with recent literature, guidelines and a brief technical description.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2019;13(2):40–45)

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PD-L1 Testing for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer: Belgian Guidelines

BJMO - volume 12, issue 5, september 2018

P. Pauwels MD, PhD, M. Remmelink MD, PhD, D. Hoton MD, J. van Dorpe MD, PhD, K. Dhaene MD, PhD, F. Dome MD, A. Jouret-Mourin MD, PhD, B. Weynand MD, PhD, N. D’Haene MD, PhD

In recent years, the outcome of patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has improved thanks to the development of targeted therapies. Currently, the introduction of immunotherapy for lung cancer patients offers new treatment opportunities. The pathologist is now asked to provide the most accurate possible diagnosis in association with theranostic information in order to provide the best therapeutic option. For immunotherapy, programmed death receptor ligand 1 (PD-L1) status is, at the present, the required biomarker for patient stratification, at least in first line treatment. Different international societies have already underlined the importance of guidelines for managing samples of non-small cell lung cancer NSCLC. With the goal of adapting these international recommendations to the Belgian landscape, Belgian guidelines were published in 2016. This update integrates immunotherapy into the previously published guidelines.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2018;12(5):233–238)

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Pathological diagnosis and molecular testing in non-small cell lung cancer: Belgian guidelines

BJMO - volume 10, issue 4, july 2016

P. Pauwels MD, PhD, M. Remmelink MD, PhD, D. Hoton MD, J. van Dorpe MD, PhD, K. Dhaene MD, PhD, F. Dome MD, A. Jouret-Mourin MD, PhD, B. Weynand MD, PhD, N. D’Haene MD, PhD

Summary

In recent years, the management of patients with non-small cell lung cancer has been modified thanks to the development of targeted therapies. The pathologist is now asked to give the most accurate possible diagnosis in association with theranostic information in order to provide the best therapeutic option.
Different international societies have already underlined the importance of guidelines for managing samples of non-small cell lung cancer. These Belgian guidelines have the goal of adapting these international recommendations to the Belgian landscape.

(BELG J MED ONCOL 2016;10(4):123–131)

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