Laboratory Genomics


Learning Lab for Medical Laboratory Scientists

Author information
Vera Paulson, MD, PhD

Learning objectives:

  • List reasons to perform molecular testing on a solid tumor
  • Recall basic terminology of cancer biology
  • Recognize common types of molecular testing and their limitations
  • Discuss best practices in solid tumor molecular testing (platform & specimen selection)
  • Describe the molecular methods available to identify solid tumors that may be amenable to immunotherapy (PDL1 inhibitors)
  • Discuss molecular testing (methodology, targets, & treatments) in the setting of the following neoplasms: Lung carcinoma, melanoma, gastrointestinal cancer, genitourinary cancer, breast cancer, thyroid cancer, sarcoma, and cancer of unknown primary