Reviewing the utility of EUS FNA to advance precision medicine in pancreatic cancer

William Berry, Joanne Lundy, Daniel Croagh, Brendan J. Jenkins

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Advanced pancreatic cancer (PC) is an aggressive malignancy with few effective therapeutic options. While the evolution of precision medicine in recent decades has changed the treatment landscape in many cancers, at present no targeted therapies are used in the routine management of PC. Only a minority of patients with PC present with surgically resectable disease, and in the remainder obtaining high quality biopsy material for both diagnosis and molecular testing can prove challenging. Endoscopic ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS FNA) is a widely used diagnostic procedure in PC, and allows tumour sampling in patients with both early and late stage disease. This review will provide an update on the role of EUS FNA as a diagnostic tool, as well as a source of genetic material which can be used both for molecular analysis and for the creation of valuable preclinical disease models. We will also consider relevant clinical applications of EUS FNA in the management of PC, and the path towards bringing precision medicine closer to the clinic in this challenging disease.

Original languageEnglish
Article number35
Number of pages15
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Molecular oncology
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Precision medicine

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