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Test ID: NONCP    
Neuro-Oncology Expanded Gene Panel with Rearrangement, Tumor

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Identifying mutations and rearrangements that may support a diagnosis for patients with tumors of the central nervous system (CNS)


Identifying mutations and rearrangements that may help determine prognosis for patients with tumors of the CNS


Identifying specific mutations and rearrangements within genes known to be associated with response or resistance to specific cancer therapies

Genetics Test Information Provides information that may help with selection of the correct genetic test or proper submission of the test request

This test uses targeted next-generation sequencing to evaluate for somatic mutations and rearrangements (fusions and abnormal transcript variants) involving 187 genes associated with tumors of the central nervous system. This panel includes a DNA subpanel for the detection of sequence alterations in 118 genes and an RNA subpanel for the detection of rearrangements in 81 genes, including 104 known gene fusions and 29 known abnormal transcript variants. See Targeted DNA Gene Regions Interrogated by Neuro-Oncology Panel and RNA Targeted Gene Fusions and Abnormal Transcript Variants in Special Instructions for details regarding the targeted gene regions identified by this test.


Of note, this test is performed to evaluate for somatic (ie, tumor-specific) mutations within the genes listed. Although germline (ie, inherited) alterations may be detected, this test cannot distinguish between germline and somatic alterations with absolute certainty. Follow-up germline testing using non-neoplastic (normal) tissue can be performed for confirmation of suspected clinically relevant germline alterations. Germline testing should be performed along with genetic counselling.

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

When this test is ordered, slide review will always be performed at an additional charge.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Molecular analysis of biomarkers is increasingly being used in oncology practice to support and guide diagnosis, prognosis, and therapeutic management. Molecular profiling has been incorporated in the World Health Organization classification of central nervous system (CNS) tumors and allows for robust delineation of diagnostic groups characterized by distinct molecular profiles with superior prognostic significance than histopathological classification alone. This test interrogates targeted regions across 187 genes associated with a variety of adult and pediatric CNS tumors to assess for the presence of somatic mutations and rearrangements, including mutations in IDH1/2, TERT, ATRX, TP53, H3F3A, HIST1H3B/C, BRAF, SMARCB1, and SMARCA4, and rearrangements involving RELA, BRAF, and EGFR (eg, EGFR vIII).


See Targeted Gene Regions Interrogated by Neuro-Oncology Panel in Special Instructions for details regarding the targeted gene regions identified by this test.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

An interpretive report will be provided.

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

This test is not designed to differentiate between somatic and germline alterations. Additional testing may be necessary to clarify the significance of results if there is a potential hereditary risk.


DNA variants of uncertain significance may be identified.


A negative (wild-type) result does not rule out the presence of a mutation or rearrangement that may be present but below the limits of detection of this assay. The analytical sensitivity of this assay for sequence reportable alterations is 15% mutant allele frequency with a minimum coverage of 100 times in a sample with 30% or greater tumor content, and for rearrangements is a minimum coverage of 10 targeted fusion reads with 5 unique fusion molecules in a sample with 10% or greater tumor content. 


This test does not detect large single or multiexon deletions or duplications or genomic copy number alterations


Rare polymorphisms may be present that could lead to false-negative or false-positive results. Test results should be interpreted in the context of clinical findings, tumor sampling, and other laboratory data. If results obtained do not match other clinical or laboratory findings, contact the laboratory for discussion of the findings. Misinterpretation of results may occur if the information provided is inaccurate or incomplete.


Genes may be added or removed based on updated clinical relevance. Please refer to the Targeted DNA Gene Regions Interrogated by Neuro-Oncology Panel in Special Instructions for the most up to date list of genes included in this test.

Supportive Data

Detection of somatic mutations (DNA): The DNA mutation portion of the assay has been shown to detect more than 97% of single base substitutions, insertions, and deletions within the reportable range of this assay.


Detection of fusion transcripts (RNA): The RNA fusion portion of the test exhibited 94.2% sensitivity (49/52) in detecting fusion transcripts (confirmed detection by reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction or chromosomal microarray). No fusion transcripts were detected in 25 unique samples (100% specificity compared to chromosomal microarray) resulting in an overall concordance of 96.1%.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

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Special Instructions Library of PDFs including pertinent information and forms related to the test