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Levy Highlights Benefits, Limitations of Liquid Biopsies in NSCLC

Brandon Scalea
Published: Monday, Jul 16, 2018

Dr. Benjamin P. Levy

Benjamin P. Levy, MD
The diagnostic workup in non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) has undergone important changes over recent years, but there is still work to be done in improving the “gold standard” of tissue biopsy, said Benjamin P. Levy, MD.

Levy explained that detecting circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and performing genomic interrogation are crucial for the diagnosis and ultimate treatment of patients with NSCLC. Sometimes, Levy added, a standard tissue biopsy can confirm a patient’s diagnosis, and corresponding molecular abnormalities, but there is not enough tissue. Therefore, a liquid biopsy is the key to a more sophisticated understanding of a patient’s condition.

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