Next-Generation Sequencing in Pancreatic Cancer

Gong Qing Shen, Essa M. Aleassa, R. Matthew Walsh, Gareth Morris-Stiff

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Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) is lethal, and the majority of patients present with locally advanced or metastatic disease that is not amenable to cure. Thus, with surgical resection being the only curative modality, it is critical that disease is identified at an earlier stage to allow the appropriate therapy to be applied. Unfortunately, a specific biomarker for early diagnosis has not yet been identified; hence, no screening process exists. Recently, high-throughput screening and next-generation sequencing (NGS) have led to the identification of novel biomarkers for many disease processes, and work has commenced in PDAC. Genomic data generated by NGS not only have the potential to assist clinicians in early diagnosis and screening, especially in high-risk populations, but also may eventually allow the development of personalized treatment programs with targeted therapies, given the large number of gene mutations seen in PDAC. This review introduces the basic concepts of NGS and provides a comprehensive review of the current understanding of genetics in PDAC as related to discoveries made using NGS.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)739-748
Number of pages10
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Abbreviations
  • IPMN - intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasm
  • NGS - next-generation sequencing
  • PDAC - pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  • PanIN - pancreatic intraepithelial neoplasia
  • RNA-Seq - RNA sequencing
  • WES - whole-exome sequencing
  • WGS - whole-genome sequencing
  • biomarkers
  • ccfDNA - circulating cell-free DNA
  • genomics
  • next-generation sequencing
  • pancreatic cancer
  • pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
  • screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
  • Hepatology
  • Endocrinology


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