Advance of theragnosis biomarkers in lung cancer: from clinical to molecular pathology and biology

J Thorac Dis. 2019 Jan;11(Suppl 1):S3-S8. doi: 10.21037/jtd.2018.12.03.


One distinct molecular subtype of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is defined by rearrangement of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK). The increasing knowledge over the last years has enabled the continuous improvement of ALK inhibitors; however, resistance in these patients remains a major concern. In this review, we summarize recent findings in ALK+-adenocarcinoma of the lung, highlighting the role of TP53 mutations in this specific cancer type and suggest new diagnostic strategies for the future, in order to improve patient's outcome.

Keywords: ALK+-adenocarcinoma; Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC); TP53; anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK); biomarker.

Publication types

  • Review