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Clinical Practice Guideline Focuses on Molecular Biomarker Testing for Patients with Colorectal Cancer

A new, evidenced-based clinical practice guideline on molecular biomarker testing for patients with colorectal cancer identifies opportunities for improving patient outcomes.

ASCP, CAP, AMP, and ASCO Issue Draft Colorectal Cancer Molecular Marker Testing Guideline and Announce Opening of Public Comment Period

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today released a draft of a clinical practice guideline on the use of molecular marker testing for patients with primary or metastatic colorectal carcinoma. This evidence-based guideline will help establish standard molecular marker testing, guide targeted therapies, and advance personalized care for these patients. The draft guidance document, “Guideline on the Evaluation of Molecular Markers for Colorectal Cancer Workgroup Draft Recommendations Summary,” (#CRCOCP) is now available online for public comment through April 22, 2015.

CAP Awarded More Than $1.25 Million in CDC Grants

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists, has been awarded two grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The funding, totaling more than $1.25 million, will be used to improve the adoption of evidence-based laboratory testing guidelines and to standardize reporting of biomarker test results to cancer registries. The grant dollars will be used over a five-year period.

New IHC Validation Guideline Improves Patient Safety by Ensuring Consistent Lab Test Results

Physicians and patients rely on accurate laboratory test results to guide treatment decisions. To ensure the accuracy of laboratory tests and reduce variation in laboratory practices, the College of American Pathologists has developed the first evidence-based guideline to validate all immunohistochemical (IHC) assays. The guideline, Principles of Analytic Validation of Immunohistochemical Assays, is now available in the online edition of Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.