ALK Translocation

Lung cancer is the world’s leading cause of cancer deaths. Non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC) accounts for 75% to 80% of all lung cancers with an overall 5-year survival rate of 10% to 15%. Standard chemotherapy regimens have had marginal success in improving clinical outcomes, and targeted treatments are used for specific molecular changes identified.


Rearrangements of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) locus are found in a subset of lung carcinomas and their identification may guide important therapeutic decisions for the management of these tumors. The fusion of echinoderm microtubule-associated protein-like 4 (Eml4) gene with the ALK gene has been identified in 3% to 5% of NSCLC with the majority in adenocarcinoma and younger male patients who were light or nonsmokers. Lung cancers harboring ALK rearrangements are resistant to epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitors, but may be highly sensitive to ALK inhibitors, like Xalkori (crizotinib). Clinical studies have demonstrated that Xalkori treatment of patients with tumors exhibiting ALK rearrangements can halt tumor progression or result in tumor regression.

  • Florescence in-situ hybridisation (FISH)
  • FFPE tissue (Paraffin Block)
  • 14 days

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