Studying a Complex Tumor

Siyuan Zheng, Milan G. Chheda, Roel G.W. Verhaak
2012 The Cancer Journal  
Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is a histopathologically heterogeneous disease with few treatment options. Therapy based on genomic alterations is rapidly gaining popularity because of the high response rate and high specificity. DNA copy number and exon sequencing studies of GBM samples have revealed recurrent genomic alterations in genes such as TP53, EGFR and IDH1 but to date this has not resulted in novel GBM therapies. Identification of expression subtypes have resulted in new insights such
more » ... s the association between genomic abnormalities and expression signatures. This review describes the types of genomic studies that have been performed and that are underway, the most prominent results and the implications of genomic research for development of clinical treatment modalities.
doi:10.1097/ppo.0b013e3182431c57 pmid:22290264 pmcid:PMC3342695 fatcat:x5hhc3jphnenzatky23pz2cxt4