Updates on Circulating Tumor DNA Assessment in Lymphoma


Purpose of Review

The use of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) for the purposes of diagnosis, prognosis, assessment of treatment response, and monitoring for relapse is a new and developing field in lymphoma. This review aims to summarize many of the most recent advances in ctDNA applications.

Recent Findings

Recent studies have demonstrated the use of ctDNA assessment across many lymphoma subtypes including diffuse large B-cell lymphoma, follicular lymphoma, Hodgkin lymphoma, and T-cell lymphoma. In addition, many novel applications of ctDNA assessment have been described such as the development of new prognostic models, investigation of clonal evolution and heterogeneity, early assessment of treatment response, and prediction of response to targeted therapy as a form of personalized medicine.


The use of ctDNA has been shown to be feasible across many lymphoma subtypes and has shown significant promise for several new applications. Additional studies will be needed to validate these findings prior to routine use in clinical practice.

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Darrah, J.M., Herrera, A.F. Updates on Circulating Tumor DNA Assessment in Lymphoma. Curr Hematol Malig Rep 13, 348–355 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11899-018-0468-4

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  • Circulating tumor DNA
  • Minimal residual disease
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Hodgkin lymphoma