Genomic assessment distinguishes intrapulmonary metastases from synchronous primary lung cancers

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  • © Journal of Thoracic Disease. All rights reserved. Background: Multiple synchronous lung tumors (MSLT), particularly within a single lobe, represent a diagnostic and treatment challenge. While histologic assessment was once the only method to possibly distinguish multiple primary lung cancers, there is a growing interest in identifying unique genomic features or mutations to best characterize these processes. Methods: In order to differentiate multiple primary lung malignancies from intrapulmonary metastases in patients with MSLT, we performed whole exome sequencing (WES) on 10 tumor samples from 4 patients with MSLT. Results: Shared mutations between tumors from the same patient varied from 0-91%. Patient 3 shared no common mutations; however, in Patients 2 and 4, identical mutations were identified among all tumors from each patient, suggesting that the three tumors identified in Patient 3 represent separate primary lung cancers, while those of Patients 1, 2 and 4 signify hematogenous and lymphatic spread. Conclusions: A high proportion of shared mutations between different lung tumors is likely indicative of intrapulmonary metastatic disease, while tumors with distinct genomic profiles likely represent multiple primary malignancies driven by distinct molecular events. Application of genomic profiling in the clinical setting may prove to be important to precise management of patients with MSLT.
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  • Corsini EM; Wang J; Wu CC; Fujimoto J; Negrao MV; Chen R; Quek K; Mitchell KG; Chow CWB; Little L
  • Start Page

  • 1952
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  • 1959
  • Volume

  • 12
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  • 5