Whole genome sequencing of breast cancer

Research output: Contribution to journalReviewResearchpeer-review


Breast cancer was the first to take advantage of targeted therapy using endocrine therapy, and for up to 20% of all breast cancer patients a further significant improvement has been obtained by HER2-targeted therapy. Greater insight in precision medicine is to some extent driven by technical and computational progress, with the first wave of a true technical advancement being the application of transcriptomic analysis. Molecular subtyping further improved our understanding of breast cancer biology and has through a new tumor classification enabled allocation of personalized treatment regimens. The next wave in technical progression must be next-generation-sequencing which is currently providing new and exciting results. Large-scale sequencing data unravel novel somatic and potential targetable mutations as well as allowing the identification of new candidate genes predisposing for familial breast cancer. So far, around 15% of all breast cancer patients are genetically predisposed with most genes being factors in pathways implicated in genome maintenance. This review focuses on whole-genome sequencing and the new possibilities that this technique, together with other high-throughput analytic approaches, provides for a more individualized treatment course of breast cancer patients.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAPMIS - Journal of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
Issue number5
Pages (from-to)303-315
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Number of downloads are based on statistics from Google Scholar and www.ku.dk

No data available

ID: 214337398