Integration of Liquid Biopsies into Clinical Laboratory Applications via NGS in Cancer Diagnostics

Sonmezler Ö., Boga İ., Bisgin A.

CLINICAL LABORATORY, vol.66, no.5, pp.763-769, 2020 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 66 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.7754/clin.lab.2019.190836
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.763-769
  • Keywords: liquid biopsy, next generation sequencing, cell-free tumor DNA, cancer, DNA
  • Çukurova University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Next Generation Sequencing is one of the latest advances in molecular testing and clinical laboratory applications. Next Generation Sequencing techniques involving liquid biopsies are emerging as important tools in cancer diagnostics and prognostics. Thus, integration of liquid biopsy studies into clinical laboratory applications has become a necessity. By virtue of liquid biopsies, determining potential treatment targets through metastasis and primary tumor sites in the right clinical context can result in a more comprehensive treatment. This also helps to overcome re-sampling difficulties which require an invasive procedure with the problem of tumor heterogeneity. As the literature involving liquid biopsies and next generation sequencing increases, the rate of laboratories with competencies and experience in this novel technology remains limited.