Chronological improvement in precision oncology implementation in Japan

Kuniko Sunami, Yoichi Naito, Keigo Komine, Toraji Amano, Daisuke Ennishi, Mitsuho Imai, Hidenori Kage, Masashi Kanai, Hirotsugu Kenmotsu, Takafumi Koyama, Takahiro Maeda, Sachi Morita, Daisuke Sakai, Shinji Kohsaka, Katsuya Tsuchihara, Yusuke Saigusa, Takayuki Yoshino

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In Japan, comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) tests for refractory cancer patients have been approved since June 2019, under the requirement that all cases undergoing CGP tests are annotated by the molecular tumor board (MTB) at each government-designated hospital. To investigate improvement in precision oncology, we evaluated and compared the proportion of cases receiving matched treatments according to CGP results and those recommended to receive genetic counseling at all core hospitals between the first period (11 hospitals, June 2019 to January 2020) and second period (12 hospitals, February 2020 to January 2021). A total of 754 and 2294 cases underwent CGP tests at core hospitals in the first and second periods, respectively; 28 (3.7%) and 176 (7.7%) patients received matched treatments (p < 0.001). Additionally, 25 (3.3%) and 237 (10.3%) cases were recommended to receive genetic counseling in the first and second periods, respectively (p < 0.001). The proportion was associated with the type of CGP test: tumor-only (N = 2391) vs. tumor-normal paired (N = 657) analysis (10.0% vs. 3.5%). These results suggest that recommendations regarding available clinical trials in networked MTBs might contribute to increasing the numbers of matched treatments, and that tumor-normal paired rather than tumor-only tests can increase the efficiency of patient referrals for genetic counseling.

Original languageEnglish
JournalCancer Science
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • comprehension genomic profiling test
  • genetic counseling
  • genomically matched therapy
  • molecular tumor board
  • precision oncology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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