NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Seeking to set a standard for how molecular diagnostic cancer tests are evaluated, the Center for Medical Technology Policy has issued a set of recommendations covering how to best assess the clinical validity and utility of these tests.

While molecular diagnostic tests offer great promise for oncology, evidence supporting the use and safety of these tests is lacking, and there is "considerable debate" about how much evidence is required and how it should be acquired, CMTP said yesterday.

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