Cancer treatment can be tailored to your cancer when:
Personalized oncology is matching the right therapy to the right patient at the right time. Read a U.S. News and World Report article about personalized cancer medicine featuring our program here.
A test finds abnormal genes in your cancer's tumor. The tissue from your original biopsy is used during the test. If an additional biopsy is required, your Vanderbilt doctor can order the Personalized Cancer Medicine test for that biopsy.
With your consent, the test results are added into Vanderbilt's electronic medical record because the information could be useful to your doctor in order to make decisions about your treatment.
The Cancer Center aims to make Personalized Cancer Medicine a routine part of clinical care. We are working to extend genetic testing for colon and other cancer types, but those are not available at this time.
The test results will become part of your medical record. This information may help you and your health care provider select the treatment that would be best for you. For example:
Based upon the test results, your options may include a new treatment being studied in a clinical trial. You may call our Clinical Trials Information Program at 1 (800) 811-8480 for more information or search our clinical trials online.
New panels for other cancers are being developed. In addition, we encourage you to discuss all options, including personalized cancer therapy, with your doctor. You may call our Clinical Trials Information Program at 1-800-811-8480 for more information or search our clinical trials online.