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THE IMPORTANCE OF MOLECULAR AND ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY IN CANCER MANAGEMENT

Thomas, D. M.

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Pathology - Journal of the RCPA: 2010 - Volume 42 - Issue - p S12
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Cancers are routinely classified on anatomic and histologic criteria. Over the past 20 years, the impact of molecular classifications have become more and more fundamental to accurate diagnosis and prognosis, and increasingly, to selection of therapeutic options. The next 20 years are likely to see the development of sophisticated molecular characterisation of tumours, paralleled by access to a broad range of molecularly targeted therapeutic agents. It is already clear that the response to such agents is predicated on a full understanding of the molecular genetics of cancer. In this presentation, I will discuss the impact of molecular biology on cancer classification and treatment, with a special emphasis on sarcomas.

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