Introduction: Molecular profiling of childhood cancers


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Christine Harrison1
1Northern Institute for Cancer Research, Newcastle, UK,2Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, UK

Abstract

This session will provide an insight into the application of state-of-the-art genomic technologies in the classification of two significant types of childhood cancer: medulloblastoma and acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. These topics will be covered by expert translational researchers in these fields. These talks will cover how these approaches have identified novel genetic abnormalities within these diseases with improved treatment opportunities. The session will include opinion on how realistically these approaches are being introduced into clinical practice and whether they provide valuable alternatives when conventional therapy fails.