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Topics Covered

  • Overview of the Different Names for Biomarker Testing & Why They Can Be Helpful for Treatment
  • Tumor Marker Testing, Genomic Profiling, Genomic Sequencing, Molecular Profiling, Next Generation Sequencing
  • The Relationship Between Biomarker Testing & Precision Medicine
  • Types of Biomarker Tests for Cancer Treatment
  • Do I Need Biomarker Testing for My Cancer?
  • How is Biomarker Testing Done? Using Samples of Your Cancer & Your Healthy Cells
  • Samples are Sent to the Lab Where Pathologists Test for Certain Biomarkers
  • Some Results Might Lead to Genetic Testing – Inherited or Germline Mutations
  • Some Biomarker Testing is Done as Part of Clinical Trials for New Cancer Treatments
  • Other Uses of Biomarkers – Determining a Person’s Cancer Risk or Finding Cancer
  • Biomarkers Used to Show if a Treatment is Effective or May Show if Cancer is Returning – Examples Will Be Provided
  • Biomarkers Play Such an Important Role in Choosing the Best Treatment for You & in Determining Your Progress
  • Questions for Our Panel of Experts

Our Panel of Experts


Mark G. Kris, MD

William and Joy Ruane Chair in Thoracic Oncology, Attending Physician, Thoracic Oncology Service, Department of Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Professor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College


Kamel Abou Hussein, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Co-Director of the Janet Knowles Breast Cancer Program, Director of Breast Cancer Clinical Trials, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper


Michael J. Mauro, MD

Leader, Myeloproliferative Neoplasms Program, Member, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine


Sarah E. Kerr, MD

Pathologist, Hospital Pathology Associates, Divisions of Cytopathology, Pulmonary, Gynecologic and Molecular Pathology, Allina Health Laboratories, Allina Health Cancer Institute


Emilia Calvaresi, MD, PhD

Molecular Pathologist, Associate Staff, Section of Molecular Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, Cleveland Clinic, Member, Patient Engagement Subcommittee, Association of Molecular Pathology (AMP)


Carolyn Messner, DSW, BCD, FAPOS, FAOSW

Senior Director of Education and Training, CancerCare


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Workshop Date

This workshop was originally recorded on March 04, 2024.

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