Targeted next-generation sequencing of FNA-derived DNA in pancreatic cancer

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To improve the diagnostic value of fine-needle aspiration (FNA)-derived material, we perform targeted next-generation sequencing (NGS) in patients with a suspect lesion of the pancreas. The NGS analysis can lead to a change in the treatment plan or supports inconclusive or uncertain cytology results. We describe the advantages of NGS using one particular patient with a recurrent pancreatic lesion 7 years after resection of a pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC). Our NGS analysis revealed the presence of a presumed second primary cancer in the pancreatic remnant, which led to a change in treatment: resection with curative intend instead of palliation. Additionally, NGS identified an unexpected germline CDKN2A 19-base pair deletion, which predisposed the patient to developing PDAC. Preoperative NGS analysis of FNA-derived DNA can help identify patients at risk for developing PDAC and define future therapeutic options.

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