The future of lymphoma diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment monitoring in countries with limited access to pathology services.
Chamba C., Mawalla W.
The world is moving towards precision medicine for cancer. This movement goes hand in hand with the development of newer advanced technologies for early, precise diagnosis of cancer and personalized treatment plans with fewer adverse effects for the patient. Liquid biopsy is one such advancement. At the same time, it has the advantage of minimal invasion and avoids serial invasive biopsies. In countries with limited access to pathology services, such as sub-Saharan Africa, liquid biopsy may provide an opportunity for early detection and prognostication of lymphoma. We discuss the current diagnostic modalities for lymphoma, highlighting the existing challenges with tissue biopsy, and how feasible it is for countries with limited pathology resources to leverage advancements made in the clinical application of liquid biopsy to improve lymphoma care.