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    EP1.01 - Advanced NSCLC (ID 150)

    • Event: WCLC 2019
    • Type: E-Poster Viewing in the Exhibit Hall
    • Track: Advanced NSCLC
    • Presentations: 1
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    • Coordinates: 9/08/2019, 08:00 - 18:00, Exhibit Hall
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      EP1.01-22 - Liquid Biopsy in the Detection of EGFR Activating and Resistance Mutations in Advanced Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma (Now Available) (ID 1761)

      08:00 - 18:00  |  Author(s): Pranay Tanwar

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      Approximately 30% of the advanced pulmonary adenocarcinoma (PADC) patients are found to be mutated with epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). Nearly 60% of EGFR mutated patients develop T790M resistance mutation against which third generation TKIs are available. Detection of T790M mutation is a challenge due to non availability of enough tumour tissues in patients receiving first-generation EGFR-TKI treatment. Liquid biopsies (cell- free DNA) are promising for detection of EGFR activating and resistance mutations. The current study focuses on detection of EGFR mutations in cell-free DNA from patients with histologically confirmed EGFR mutation status.


      50 PADC patients (22 males; 28 females with mean age 63 years) were studied for EGFR mutations. Out of them 40 were TKI naïve and 10 patients were treated with EGFR-TKIs. Follow up biopsy from TKI treated patients was not available for resistant mutation studies. Real-time PCR and Digital droplet PCR techniques were adopted for studying EGFR exon 19 (deletions), 20 (T790M) and 21 (L858R) mutations in tissue and plasma samples respectively.


      Clinically all patients were in stage III-IV and 52% were never smokers. Out of 40 TKI naive cases, 20 cases were positive for EGFR activating mutations in tissue and 17 in plasma. Twenty cases were negative for EGFR mutations in both tissue and plasma. In 10 EGFR-TKI treated patients, founder activating mutation was still present in plasma of 7 cases and 3 of them also showed T790M resistance mutation. Two patients carrying this resistant mutation died subsequently. Remaining three TKI treated patients did not harbour even founder activating mutation in the plasma.


      We observed a concordance of 88% (44/50) between liquid biopsy and tumour tissue. Our study highlights role of liquid biopsy as an alternative for detecting EGFR activating and resistance mutations in advanced PADC. EGFR mutation analysis in liquid biopsy can be helpful in those patients where the tissue biopsy is not possible.

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