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CASE REPORT
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 89-91

Detection of anaplastic lymphoma kinase gene rearrangement in a patient with right colon cancer


1 Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
2 Department of Pathology, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
3 Department of Surgery, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan
4 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Yu-Min Yeh
Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, National Cheng Kung University Hospital, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University, No. 138, Sheng Li Road, Tainan 704
Taiwan
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DOI: 10.4103/JCRP.JCRP_12_18

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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Recent genome-scale molecular analyses have uncovered several potential therapeutic targets for this disease, including BRAF mutation, ERBB2 amplification, and neurotropic tropomyosin receptor kinase fusion gene. Gene rearrangements involving anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene have been identified as oncogenic drivers in lung adenocarcinomas, and to be highly sensitive to selective kinase inhibitors. To the best of our knowledge, CRC harboring the ALK fusion gene has rarely been reported. Herein, we report a patient with right colon cancer harboring an ALK gene rearrangement and review the clinicopathologic features as well as potential therapeutic targeting of ALK-rearranged CRC in the literature.


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