Oncoprescribe Blog To treat or not to treat Stage II colon cancer? – Molecular Markers to the rescue

As we understand the molecular biology of colon cancer, it is becoming clear that tumors with MisMatch Repair Deficiency (MMR-D) and high MicroSatellite Instability (MSI) tend to have a favorable prognosis and do not benefit from chemotherapy and on the contrary, 5-FU based chemotherapy may potentially result in a detrimental effect. The Oncotype DX colon cancer 12 gene assay is a valuable tool that can provide additional information in the decision making process.