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Lab tests for ovarian cancer

What are lab tests?

To diagnose ovarian cancer, your doctor may recommend a various lab tests. Your doctor will collect a blood sample, and then send it to a pathologist for further testing.

Lab tests for ovarian cancer

  • Genomic tumor assessment: Genomic testing examines a tumor on a genetic level to find the DNA alterations that are driving the growth of cancer. By identifying the mutations that occur in a cancer cell's genome, we can better understand what caused the tumor and tailor treatment based on these findings. Learn more about genomic tumor assessment.
  • Oncotype DX® : The Oncotype DX test (also called the 21-gene test) is used to determine if chemotherapy is likely to benefit women with early stage breast cancer. This lab test also helps us to know the likelihood of disease recurrence. With this information, you and your doctor can make more informed decisions about your breast cancer treatment.
  • Tumor molecular profiling: For this lab test, we remove a sample of the metastatic or recurrent breast tumor, often as part of a biopsy or other surgery. Then, we test for a variety of enzymes, proteins and genes to identify which drug therapies are likely to be most effective. Examples of tests include HER2 tumor tests and hormone receptor tests. Learn more about tumor molecular profiling.
  • Nutrition panel: With this test, we evaluate patients for deficiency of nutrients, such as vitamin D and iron. The test helps us identify the nutrients patients need replaced or boosted to support their quality of life. Learn more about our Nutrition Therapy program.
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