Alan H. Bryce, MD, presented “Genetic Testing and Next Generation DNA Sequencing in Prostate Cancer” for the Grand Rounds in Urology audience in July, 2020.

How to cite: Bryce, Alan H. Genetic Testing and Next Generation DNA Sequencing in Prostate Cancer” July, 2020. Accessed Jul 2024.

Genetic Testing and Next Generation DNA Sequencing in Prostate Cancer – Summary:

Alan H. Bryce, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, gives an update on how and why to use germline and somatic testing in prostate cancer. He discusses updated National Comprehensive Cancer Network and Society of Urologic Oncology guidelines on who should receive germline and somatic testing, and notes that approved somatic therapies, including PARP inhibitors for BRCA1 and 2 and immunotherapy for microsatellite instability-high tumors, are only available to patients who have tested positive for the relevant mutations, underscoring the importance of widespread testing. Dr. Bryce also emphasizes the importance of germline testing for the patient’s family members, since the knowledge that they carry a hereditary cancer risk gene may allow them to receive early, life-saving cancer diagnoses. The presentation concludes with a Q&A session with E. David Crawford, MD, Professor of Urology at the University of California, San Diego, during which Drs. Crawford and Bryce discuss the limitations of taking a family history and how reimbursement works for multiple genetic tests.

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Alan H. Bryce, MD, is a medical oncologist and chief clinical officer at City of Hope in Phoenix, Arizona. Dr. Bryce holds an appointment as a professor with the Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research, with City of Hope, as well as an appointment as a professor of Molecular Medicine at Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), which is also part of City of Hope.

Prior to joining City of Hope, Dr. Bryce spent 12 years at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, where he served as chair of the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology, as well as Director of the Mayo Clinic Arizona Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Bryce received his medical degree from the Chicago Medical School, and then completed an internal medicine residency and a hematology and oncology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. During his time at Mayo, Dr. Bryce served as an international co-principal investigator on multiple clinical trials for prostate cancer, with his research focused on cancer genetics, novel therapies and immunotherapeutic approaches.