954O - Comprehensive genomic profiles of metastatic and relapsed salivary gland carcinomas are associated with tumor type and reveal new routes to targete...

Date 10 October 2016
Event ESMO 2016 Congress
Session Head and neck cancers
Topics Head and Neck Cancers
Presenter Laurie Gay
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (6): 328-350. 10.1093/annonc/mdw376
Authors L.M. Gay1, J.S. Ross2, K. Wang3, J. Vergilio1, J. Suh1, S. Ramkissoon1, D. Bowles4, H. Serracino4, J. Russell5, S. Ali6, V. Miller6, P. Stephens7, J.A. Elvin1
  • 1Pathology, Foundation Medicine, Inc., 02141 - Cambridge/US
  • 2Pathology, Albany Medical Center, 12208 - Albany/US
  • 3Genetics, Zhejiang Cancer Hospital, 310009 - Hangzhou/CN
  • 4Division Of Medical Oncology, University of Colorado Denver, 80045 - Denver/US
  • 5Medical Oncology, Moffitt Cancer Center, 33612 - Tampa/US
  • 6Clinical Development, Foundation Medicine, Inc., 02141 - Cambridge/US
  • 7Clinical Genomics, Foundation Medicine, Inc., 02141 - Cambridge/US



Salivary gland carcinomas (SGC) have a wide diversity of histologic subtypes with variable clinical aggressiveness and response to local and systemic therapies. We queried whether comprehensive genomic profiling (CGP) could define tumor subtypes and uncover clinically relevant genomic alterations (CRGA), revealing new routes to targeted therapies for patients with relapsed and metastatic disease (mSGC).


DNA was extracted from 40 µm of FFPE sections for 300 consecutive mSGC. CGP was performed on hybridization-captured, adaptor ligation-based libraries (mean coverage depth >500X) for up to 315 cancer-related genes. Total mutational burden (TMB) was determined on 1.2 Mbp of sequenced DNA. CRGA were defined as GA linked to drugs on the market or under evaluation in mechanism driven clinical trials.


Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma (ACC) Acinic Cell Carcinoma (AciCC) Muco-epidermoid Carcinoma (MEC) Ductal Carcinoma (DCA) Adeno-Carcinoma NOS (AC-NOS) Carcinoma NOS (CA-NOS) Carcinoma ex Pleomorphic Adenoma (CPA)
Patients 28 73 48 41 54 32 24
GA/tumor 1.6 2.7 4.0 3.6 3.8 5.2 3.0
Mutation Frequencies
TP53 4% 8% 42% 54% 53% 59% 46%
ERBB2 0 0 8% 27% 13% 19% 29%
RET 0 0 0 5% 2% 0 0
ETV-NTRK Fusion 0 4% 2% 0 7% 0 0
BRAF 0 3% 2% 5% 6% 0 0
Tumor Mutation Burden (TMB) >10 mut/Mb 1% 3% 10% 11% 6% 13% 12%
Opportunity for Targeted Therapies Low Low Modest High High High High

Specialized mSGC (ACCand AciCC) have significantly fewer GA and targetable GA, as well as less TMB than non-specialized carcinomas (MEC, DCA, AC-NOS, CA-NOS, and CPA). Non-specialized CA are frequently ERBB2 driven, but also harbor GA in RET, BRAF and NF1. Clinical outcomes to targeted therapies for mSGC will be presented. Mammary associated secretory carcinomas (MASC) are grouped with AC-NOS; AciCC and MEC with ETV-NTRK fusions are likely MASC with unusual histologic presentations.


mSGC include specialized carcinomas (ACC and AciCC) with low GA frequencies, low TMB and limited opportunities for targeted therapies. The non-specialized group, however, features more GA, more targeted therapy opportunities for HER2, RET, BRAF and MTOR inhibitors, and higher TMB guiding the use of immune checkpoint inhibitors.

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Legal entity responsible for the study

Foundation Medicine, Inc.


Foundation Medicine


L.M. Gay: Employee of and has stock ownership in Foundation Medicine, Inc. J.S. Ross: Employee and stock holder of Foundation Medicine, Inc. K. Wang: Consultant for and stock owner of Foundation Medicine. J-A. Vergilio, J. Suh, S. Ramkissoon, S. Ali, V. Miller, P. Stephens, J.A. Elvin: Employee and stock owner of Foundation Medicine, Inc. All other authors have declared no conflicts of interest.