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BiomarkerLIVE Overview

The role of biomarkers and molecular profiling in cancer diagnosis and treatment continues to expand. In oncology, a biomarker can indicate cancer type, how a cancer will progress if left untreated, what specific treatment may be most effective for a given cancer, and how well treatment is working over time. For five of the most common types of cancer (lung, prostate, colorectal, breast, and skin), there are more than 75 biomarkers used in clinical practice. The sheer number of treatment options across tumor types and the complexity of delivering care makes it difficult for cancer care providers to integrate new therapeutics, like biomarker testing, into their practices.

Barriers to using biomarker testing are common. Respondents to ACCC’s 2018 Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey indicate that insurance coverage, reimbursement, and insufficient protocols are among the issues working against the widespread implementation of biomarker testing in oncology practices.

To help cancer care providers surmount these and other barriers and enhance their knowledge of this rapidly evolving treatment area, ACCC launched the first phase of BiomarkerLIVE in April 2019. Since then, ACCC has worked with clinical experts and industry leaders to develop a common lexicon of biomarker terminology to promote better communication among cancer care teams; establish a resource library of materials relevant to cancer biomarkers and biomarker testing; and host a how-to webinar that explores how cancer programs can use these tools to implement effective biomarker testing protocols for their patients.

Building on the success of BiomarkerLIVE’s launch, Phase 2 will help cancer providers better understand what is needed to facilitate the integration of precision medicine into everyday practice. The objective of this phase is twofold:

  • Support the multidisciplinary cancer care team with the development of the infrastructure and expertise necessary to facilitate the integration of precision medicine into everyday practice.
  • Develop new tools and platforms to disseminate relevant educational resources to the multidisciplinary cancer care team.
For more information about this project, please contact Elana Plotkin, Assistant Director, Provider Education at ACCC.

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Biomarker Testing in Practice: Process Improvement Toolkit
Review the four key elements needed when developing a precision medicine program that successfully incorporates biomarker testing.

Application of Biomarkers in Clinical Trials
This white paper details considerations when determining to conduct biomarker testing on a patient, and the role the test results may play in potentially making that patient eligible for future clinical trials.

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logo-abbvie-200x80 AstraZeneca_200x80 This project is supported by AbbVie, AstraZeneca, Lilly Oncology, and Merck & Co., Inc. BMS-330x80 Phase one of this project was supported by Bristol Myers Squibb.