Hybrid Capture–Based Genomic Profiling of Circulating Tumor DNA from Patients with Advanced Non–Small Cell Lung Cancer

Alexa B. Schrock, Allison Welsh, Jon H. Chung, Dean Pavlick, Eric H. Bernicker, Benjamin C. Creelan, Brady Forcier, Jeffrey S. Ross, Philip J. Stephens, Siraj M. Ali, Ibiayi Dagogo-Jack, Alice T. Shaw, Tianhong Li, Sai Hong Ignatius Ou, Vincent A. Miller

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Introduction: Genomic profiling informs selection of matched targeted therapies as part of routine clinical care in NSCLC. Tissue biopsy is the criterion standard; however, genomic profiling of blood-derived circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) has emerged as a minimally invasive alternative. Methods: Hybrid capture–based genomic profiling of 62 genes was performed on blood-based ctDNA from 1552 patients with NSCLC. Results: Evidence of ctDNA was detected in 80% of samples, and in 86% of these cases, at least one reportable genomic alteration (GA) was detected. Frequently altered genes were tumor protein p53 gene (TP53) (59%), EGFR (25%), and KRAS (17%). Comparative analysis with a tissue genomic database (N = 21,500) showed similar frequencies of GAs per gene, although KRAS mutation and EGFR T790M were more frequent in tissue and ctDNA, respectively (both p < 0.0001), likely reflecting the use of liquid versus tissue biopsy after relapse during targeted therapy. In temporally matched ctDNA and tissue samples from 33 patients with evidence of ctDNA in their blood, 64% of GAs detected in tissue were also detected in ctDNA, including 78% of short variants (58 of 74) and 100% of rearrangements (four of four), but only 16% of amplifications (four of 25). Conclusions: Genomic profiling of ctDNA detected clinically relevant GAs in a significant subset of NSCLC cases. Most alterations detected in matched tissue were also detected in ctDNA. These results suggest the utility of ctDNA testing in advanced NSCLC as a complementary approach to tissue testing. Blood-based ctDNA testing may be particularly useful at the time of progression during targeted therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Thoracic Oncology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2019


  • Circulating tumor DNA
  • Genomic profiling
  • Liquid biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine


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