New therapeutic approaches from genomic research

More recently, the biology of the lung cancer disease is becoming better understood by advances in genomics. It is apparent that lung cancer is composed of a plurality of subsets, which are characterized by specific molecular changes.

These genetic changes (known as mutations, amplifications, or gene fusions) are responsible for ensuring that the tumor cells show a malignant growth, therefore they are also called driver mutations. By means of targeted drugs (kinase inhibitors, antibodies) they can be inhibited.

This “personalized” treatment is often much more effective (higher tumor shrinkage rate, longer survival) and better tolerated than chemotherapy. Although such driver mutations can be found in approximately half of all patients with lung cancer, already approved targeted drugs are only available for a minor part of them. This involves genetic alterations in the EGFR-receptor, the ALK-gene and the ROS-gene. For more driver mutations there is the possibility to participate in clinical trials. Currently, all therapeutically treatable driver mutations belong to the group of adenocarcinoma, for the squamous cell carcinoma and the small cell lung cancer there are no personalized therapeutic approaches available yet.

Last update: 17. March 2016 , 8:44

Molecular diagnostics

As the first group in Europe, the Network Genomic Medicine has offered a comprehensive analysis of tumor material since 2012. By means of a multiplex-test in combination with highly sensitive deep sequencing even rare gene mutations in the smallest tissue samples are detected reliably

Second opinion

Do you have questions about your disease or your current therapy? Or maybe you would like to know if for you a personalized treatment approach or immunotherapy might be considered. Please feel free to contact us!

Clinical trials

At the Network Genomic Medicine we try to offer an appropriate clinical trial testing a new drug to all our patients who have a detected mutation, for which there has no drug been approved for treatment yet. For that we work closely together with the Lung Cancer Group Cologne.