Lynch syndrome: from detection to treatment


Lynch syndrome is encountered by many clinicians at some stage in their practice and yet remains under-diagnosed with historically limited success in risk stratification and management.

The PLSD international database continues to expand our knowledge of LS-associated cancer risk. However, we have yet to obtain international consensus on the optimal surveillance strategies, which will be essential among a population of patients who are living beyond their index cancer. The advent of NGS into clinical practice will undoubtably improve detection rates and allow for more effective, precise, and personalised management programmes for patients with LS.

Over the next decade it will be exciting to see improvements in the preventative strategies that can be offered to patients in the form of aspirin, or even anti-cancer vaccines, as we continue to attempt to disrupt the natural history of this prevalent cancer predisposition syndrome.

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