Appropriately choosing a GEP test for further assessing the risk of a lesion under scrutiny can be challenging. Whenever clinicians are starting to incorporate new technologies, Dr. Litchman says it is important to use them with regularity. In this way, clinicians learn and get comfortable with GEP tests, and when and when not to order them for their patients.
According to Dr. Litchman, novel cSCCGEP tests can increase the clinician’s con dence in questionable lesions and, when successful, lower morbidity, hopefully the mortality and the economic burden of some of these cancers.
“Augmenting the way that you’ve done things for years can ultimately benefit your patients and your practice. I think that as we move into this new age of advanced medicine, the management of cSCC will evolve to signi cantly improve the way we diagnose and treat our patients,” Dr. Litchman says.
Dr. Litchman participated in a research fellowship, which as partially funded by Castle Biosciences Inc.
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