Molecular and cytogenetic studies in the diagnosis of patients with poorly differentiated carcinomas of unknown primary site
Neoplasms, Unknown Primary
Molecular and cytogenetic studies are useful in establishing specific diagnoses in patients with poorly differentiated carcinomas of unknown primary site. This group of tumors is heterogeneous and is composed of germ cell tumors, melanoma, lymphoma, neuroepithelioma, and desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor in addition to some that are not yet classifiable. Response to cisplatin therapy correlates with the finding of i(12p) in tumor by either molecular or cytogenetic studies.