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Bead-Based Isolation of Circulating Tumor DNA from Pancreatic Cancer Patients Enables High Fidelity Next Generation Sequencing

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is one of the most aggressive cancers and poses a challenge to the treating clinician. With the emergence of genomic profiling technologies, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) is increasingly recognized as a versatile biomarker for risk stratification and disease monitoring. We aimed to compare two commercially available NGS panels in a cohort of patients with advanced PDAC undergoing palliative chemotherapy.

CtDNA was isolated with a magnetic bead-based protocol from two consecutive blood samples before and during chemotherapy in 21 patients with PDAC. Mutations were assessed by using a panel covering 15 (GP15) or 50 (GP50) cancer-associated genes. Results were compared to tumor tissue (GP15), if available. Read more . . . 

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