Solid tumor patients are at a heightened risk for developing therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (tMN). Recent studies show evidence of somatic mutations in leukemia-associated genes in normal healthy individuals, referred to as clonal hematopoiesis (CH). The authors revealed that CH is frequent in solid tumor patients and can be reliably detected when a matched tumor normal targeted gene sequencing approach is performed. Beyond age, CH is strongly associated with race, smoking and importantly prior exposure to oncologic therapy with evidence of specific treatment effects. Taken together, it has been shown that screening of CH in cancer cohorts is critical to the development of future clinical guidelines, the development of risk-adapted treatment decisions, surveillance programs and definition of patient subsets at highest risk for tMN.

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