Assessing the clinical utility of cancer genomic and proteomic data across tumor types

Yuan Yuan, Eliezer M. Van Allen, Larsson Omberg, Nikhil Wagle, Ali Amin-Mansour, Artem Sokolov, Lauren A. Byers, Yanxun Xu, Kenneth R. Hess, Lixia Diao, Leng Han, Xuelin Huang, Michael S. Lawrence, John N. Weinstein, Josh M. Stuart, Gordon B. Mills, Levi A. Garraway, Adam A. Margolin, Gad Getz, Han Liang

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Molecular profiling of tumors promises to advance the clinical management of cancer, but the benefits of integrating molecular data with traditional clinical variables have not been systematically studied. Here we retrospectively predict patient survival using diverse molecular data (somatic copy-number alteration, DNA methylation and mRNA, microRNA and protein expression) from 953 samples of four cancer types from The Cancer Genome Atlas project. We find that incorporating molecular data with clinical variables yields statistically significantly improved predictions (FDR < 0.05) for three cancers but those quantitative gains were limited (2.2-23.9%). Additional analyses revealed little predictive power across tumor types except for one case. In clinically relevant genes, we identified 10,281 somatic alterations across 12 cancer types in 2,928 of 3,277 patients (89.4%), many of which would not be revealed in single-tumor analyses. Our study provides a starting point and resources, including an open-access model evaluation platform, for building reliable prognostic and therapeutic strategies that incorporate molecular data.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)644-652
Number of pages9
JournalNature biotechnology
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biotechnology
  • Bioengineering
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Biomedical Engineering


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