Theranostic and prognostic biomarkers: Genomic applications in urological malignancies

ArticleinPathology 42(4):384-94 · June 2010with4 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.19 · DOI: 10.3109/00313021003779145 · Source: PubMed


    Compared to other solid tumours such as breast, colon, and lung, the current clinical management of urological malignancies is lagging behind in terms of utilisation of clinically robust molecular tests that can identify patients that are more likely to respond to a given targeted agent, or even those in need of a more aggressive treatment approach based on well-validated molecular prognosticators. Several promising biomarkers for detection, prognosis, and targeted therapeutics are now under evaluation. The following review discusses some of the candidate biomarkers that may soon make their transition into clinically applicable assays in urological oncology patients.