Author | Zsofia K. Stadler, MD

Articles

Zsofia K. Stadler, MD, on the Importance of Germline Analyses in Advanced Cancer

June 03, 2020

Germline analysis in patients with advanced cancer may play an important role in selecting FDA-approved treatments and clinical trial participation with germline-targeted therapeutics.

Genetic Testing in Gastrointestinal Cancers: A Case-Based Approach

May 15, 2012

In this article, we use a case-based approach to focus on the hereditary aspects of the most common GI cancers, including pancreatic, gastric, and colon cancer.

Genome-Wide Association Studies of Cancer: Principles and Potential Utility

June 15, 2010

Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have emerged as a new approach for investigating the genetic basis of complex diseases. In oncology, genome-wide studies of nearly all common malignancies have been performed and more than 100 genetic variants associated with increased risks have been identified. GWAS approaches are powerful research tools that are revealing novel pathways important in carcinogenesis and promise to further enhance our understanding of the basis of inherited cancer susceptibility. However, “personal genomic tests” based on cancer GWAS results that are currently being offered by for-profit commercial companies for cancer risk prediction have unproven clinical utility and may risk false conveyance of reassurance or alarm.