General Principles of Biomarker Testing: When Should Broad Genomic Profiling Be Performed and What Do Different Tests Offer?
Biomarker testing is increasingly being utilized in oncology practice. Practitioners need to know the types of genetic alterations that can be detected, the technologies that can be used to detect these alterations, and the limitations of those techniques in order to ensure that their patients can be appropriately diagnosed, monitored, and matched with targeted therapies or recommended for clinical trials.
This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, and other health care professionals who manage patients with solid tumors.
Following this program, participants should be able to:
- Describe different types of genomic testing.
- Review the utility, benefits, and limitations of tissue vs. liquid biopsy testing.
- Describe the types of tests that can detect fusion genes.
- Identify the factors that should be considered when ordering genomic testing.
Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD
Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania
NCCN Continuing Education Disclosure Policy
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All faculty for this continuing education activity are competent in the subject matter and qualified by experience, training, and/or preparation for the tasks and methods of delivery.
Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling or marketing.
The faculty listed below have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.
Kimberly H. Allison, MD
Devicor Medical Products, Inc.: Consulting Fee
Jennifer J.D. Morrissette, PhD
Bayer HealthCare: Consulting Fee
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation: Consulting Fee
NCCN Staff Disclosures
None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
NCCN designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
NCCN designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.75 contact hour.
NCCN designates this knowledge-based continuing education activity for 0.75 contact hour (0.075 CEUs) of continuing education credit. UAN: JA4008196-0000-21-129-H01-P
NCCN has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit. Approval is valid until December 20, 2022. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.
- 0.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credit
- 0.75 ACPE contact hours
- 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
- 0.75 ANCC contact hours
- 0.75 Participation
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