[Status of the availability and use of next generation sequencing (NGS) in bladder cancer-a questionnaire within the uropathology working group].

Technical advancement and availability of high-throughput analysis has advanced molecular subtyping of most cancers. Thus, new possibilities for precision oncology have emerged.

Therefore, we aimed to collect data regarding availability and use of next generation sequencing (NGS) for urothelial cancer within the uropathology working group of the German Society of Pathology.

We collected data by questionnaires and additionally asked for sequencing results of bladder cancers in the participating institutions.

A total of 13 university-affiliated institutes of pathology took part in the survey. All university institutes offer NGS-based molecular panel diagnostics and provide panels covering between 15 and 170 genes. Altogether, only 20 bladder cancers were sequenced in routine diagnostics and for 10 cancers potential targeted treatment options were available.

So far, despite availability of NGS diagnostics at university institutes of pathology, only few bladder cancer samples have been sequenced. Based on current data from the molecular subtyping of bladder cancers, we recommend a step-by-step protocol with basic immunohistochemistry analysis and subsequent subtype-dependent analyses, e.g., alterations of the fibroblast growth factor receptors (FGFR) or comprehensive gene panel analyses.

Der Urologe. Ausg. A. 2019 Sep 20 [Epub ahead of print]

N Ortiz-Brüchle, M Muders, M Toma, I Esposito, A Hartmann, R Stöhr, H Reis, P Wild, J Köllermann, F Bremmer, J Leichsenring, A Stenzinger, S Merkelbach-Bruse, S Kirfel, S Perner, N Hartmann, W Roth, A Jung, T Kirchner, K Schwamborn, N Pfarr, E Dahl, R Knüchel, N T Gaisa

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