Myeloid Panel


CGL’s Myeloid Panel is a next-generation sequencing assay that is offered to provide predictive, prognostic, and diagnostic information for patients with a variety of myeloid malignancies.  All the genes targeted by this assay (see below) are screened for DNA changes (variants). The clinical significance of variants or variant combinations is then interpreted in the context of therapy-response, prognosis, or diagnostic criteria. 

Sequencing and informatics services for this assay are provided by PHSA’s Centre for Clinical Genomics (CCG) and results are interpreted by CGL.  Single-base and small insertion/deletion variants are screened in the targeted gene regions and variant classification is adapted from AMP/ASCO/CAP guidelines (Li (2017) PMID:27993330).  Currently, Myeloid Panel does not detect gene fusions and copy-number detection is limited to FLT3 (ITD) and KMT2A (PTD) variants. 

Some of the genes targeted by this sequencing panel are strongly associated with inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Approximately 10-15% of advanced cancer patients carry a germline predisposition variant (Schrader (2016) PMID: 26556299), and so screening of predisposition genes may identify patients and families that would benefit from genetic counselling and testing.  However, the Myeloid Panel assay itself does not distinguish somatic (acquired) from germline (heritable) variants.  Therefore, variants suspected of being of germline origin may result in a recommendation that the patient be referred to the Hereditary Cancer Program at BC Cancer (or to the appropriate Medical Genetics program in the patient’s jurisdiction) for consideration of germline testing.  See our Hereditary Cancer page for additional details on referrals. 

NOTE: The results of this test are not a substitute for germline screening.  If a patient has clinical features or a personal or family history suggestive of an inherited syndrome then a Hereditary Cancer referral should be made, regardless of the Myeloid Panel result.  


Myeloid Panel testing is available for the following indications: 

  1. Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) 
  2. Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) 
  3. Myeloproliferative Neoplasm (MPN) 


  1. Completed CGL Myeloid Testing requisition form 
    1. Select “Myeloid Panel” adjacent to the appropriate tumour type 
  2. Bone Marrow Aspirate (0.5mL fresh in EDTA tube) specimen (see Specimen Guidelines, DNA Molecular test type) 
  3. For all, include or FAX marrow report 
  4. For MDS, also include or FAX cytogenetics report 


Approximately 14 days (AML) or 17-21 days (MDS, MPN) from receipt of specimen and completed, signed requisition form.  


  • Myeloid Panel reports include a list of variants classified into tiers of clinical significance 
  • Please see our Variant Classification Guidelines for additional details. 
  • Variants suspected to be of germline origin will be identified on the report as Potential Germline Findings, with an accompanying recommendation for referral for consideration of germline testing.  See our Hereditary Cancer page for additional details on referrals. 


Either the coding exonic sequence and at least 2 bp of flanking intronic sequence, or known hotspots of clinical importance, are assessed in the following genes. 

ASXL1, BCOR, BRAF (exons 6, 11, and 15), CALR (Exon 9), CBL, CEBPA, CSF3R (Exons 14-17), DNMT3A, ETV6, EZH2, FLT3 (Codons 676; Exons 11-15, 20; ITDs), GATA2, HRAS (Codons 12, 13, 61, 116-118, 145-147), IDH1 (Codons 97-100, 132, 139), IDH2 (Codons 140, 172), JAK2 (Codons 335; Exons 12-14, 16), KDM6A, KIT, KMT2A (PTDs only),  KRAS (Codons 10-15, 59-63, 116-118, 144-148), MPL (Codons 119, 204, 230, 252, 285, 321, 591; Exon 10), NPM1 (Exons 9-11) NRAS (Codons 10-15, 59-63, 116-118, 145-147), PHF6, PIGA, PRPF40B, PTEN , PTPN11 (Exons 3, 13), RAD21, RTEL1, RUNX1, SETD2, SF1, SF3A1, SF3B1, SH2B3, SMC1A, SMC3, SOCS3,  SRSF2, STAG2 (excl. exons 3,12,22), TERC, TERT, TET2, TP53, U2AF1, U2AF2, WT1, and ZRSR2. 


Genomic DNA is extracted from the submitted specimen through bead capture (Promega Maxwell).  Genomic DNA undergoes FFPE repair, ligation-based library construction, PCR amplification, hybridization capture, and Illumina sequencing. Single-strand consensus sequences are generated from UMI-indexed reads using fgbio and aligned to the GRCh37 human genome reference using BWA. Variant calling is performed using samtools, VarScan2, ONCOCNV and GenomonSV. Annotation and filtering of variants is performed with Agilent’s Alissa Interpret platform. Except for KMT2A PTD or FLT3 ITD variants, large copy number alterations (duplication or deletion) > 30 bp, other structural rearrangements including gene fusions, and variants in the promoter and other non-coding regions may not be detected by this test. The sensitivity of the present assay is deemed to be approximately 5% (site-specific analyses) to 10% (mutation screening). KMT2A-PTD alterations are reported at a threshold of q<0.05. Variants present in less than this proportion of assayed alleles are not reported.  Variants are interpreted in the context of available clinical information and tiered according to their known or predicted clinical significance (adapted from Li et al. Standards and Guidelines for the Interpretation and Reporting of Sequence variants in Cancer J Mol Diagn (2017) 19:4-23 PMID:27993330). Variants unlikely to be of clinical importance (Tier IV) are not reported.