Multidimensional clinomics for precision therapy of children and adolescent young adults with relapsed and refractory cancer: A report from the center for cancer research

Wendy Chang, Andrew S. Brohl, Rajesh Patidar, Sivasish Sindiri, Jack F. Shern, Jun S. Wei, Young K. Song, Marielle E. Yohe, Berkley Gryder, Shile Zhang, Kathleen A. Calzone, Nityashree Shivaprasad, Xinyu Wen, Thomas C. Badgett, Markku Miettinen, Kip R. Hartman, James C. League-Pascual, Toby N. Trahair, Brigitte C. Widemann, Melinda S. MerchantRosandra N. Kaplan, Jimmy C. Lin, Javed Khan

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Purpose: We undertook a multidimensional clinical genomics study of children and adolescent young adults with relapsed and refractory cancers to determine the feasibility of genome-guided precision therapy. Experimental Design: Patients with non-central nervous system solid tumors underwent a combination of whole exome sequencing (WES), whole transcriptome sequencing (WTS), and high-density single-nucleotide polymorphism array analysis of the tumor, with WES of matched germline DNA. Clinically actionable alterations were identified as a reportable germline mutation, a diagnosis change, or a somatic event (including a single nucleotide variant, an indel, an amplification, a deletion, or a fusion gene), which could be targeted with drugs in existing clinical trials or with FDA-approved drugs. Results: Fifty-nine patients in 20 diagnostic categories were enrolled from 2010 to 2014. Ages ranged from 7 months to 25 years old. Seventy-three percent of the patients had prior chemotherapy, and the tumors from these patients with relapsed or refractory cancers had a higher mutational burden than that reported in the literature. Thirty patients (51% of total) had clinically actionable mutations, of which 24 (41%) had a mutation that was currently targetable in a clinical trial setting, 4 patients (7%) had a change in diagnosis, and 7 patients (12%) had a reportable germline mutation. Conclusions: We found a remarkably high number of clinically actionable mutations in 51% of the patients, and 12% with significant germline mutations. We demonstrated the clinical feasibility of next-generation sequencing in a diverse population of relapsed and refractory pediatric solid tumors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3810-3820
Number of pages11
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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