While conventional genomic testing is standard in cancer care for some patients, advanced assessments are not recommended or available to all patients.
Doctors may recommend the tests to patients whose cancer did not adequately respond to the treatment plan prescribed for their tumor, whether it was a particular chemotherapy regimen, radiation and/or surgery. The tests may also be appropriate for patients with certain rare cancers or other unusual circumstances, to offer further options or clarity in the search for a more targeted treatment plan.
A team decision
Whether genomic testing is right for you is a decision you make with your medical team based on your individual situation.
Because genomic testing is a rapidly developing area of medical science, testing is considered routine for a select but growing number of cancers in the evaluation of possible treatment options. In general, physicians first will try other therapies that have been shown to be effective.