Can this type of genetic testing help you get better cancer treatment?

A new study has proven the value of something that we’ve been doing for many years – in fact, for a decade now! – for our patients to help them get better cancer treatment.

There is a type of genetic testing called inherited (germline) mutation testing. This type of sequencing can determine if there are any cancer-related mutations in a person’s body that were inherited genetically. If you know that you have inherited mutations, it becomes possible to then proceed with a very simple testing for early detection – and it also becomes possible to stay up-to-date on the newest targeted treatments that will target your exact mutations, should they ever develop into cancer. 

Basically, inherited mutations testing puts YOU in the driver’s seat of your health. It lets you have the very best chance of catching any signs of cancer before it develops into anything serious, and knowing exactly which drug to treat it with at the first onset of growth.

CTOAM is ahead of the curve

This is something that our team has been doing for the past 10 years with our patients!

And now, more studies are starting to show what we’ve known all along. Here’s what our Precision Cancer Medicine expert, Alex Rolland, shares about this new research:

“Previously it was thought that inherited (germline) mutations were only causing less than 5% of cancers. We started doing large scale genomic sequencing years ago and noticed a much higher percentage.

A recent study found that the number for lung cancers is actually much higher than 5% and as high as 15% in certain cancers – but most importantly, many of these inherited cancer-causing mutations (as high as 95%) also were targetable with current drugs that are used for other types of cancers. In other words, the inherited mutations found in lung cancer patients can be targeted (eliminated) with certain targeted therapies that are already available! So getting inherited mutation testing provided the opportunity for treatment in these patients.”

This is very hopeful news!

Read the article here.

How can you get better cancer treatment?

Want to know if germline testing, or any other type of genetic testing, can help you? Or if there’s a better treatment option for your cancer than what your doctor has given you?

We’re here to help you make the most informed decision about your cancer care –

Register for a Precision Second Opinion with our expert, Alex Rolland, today.

Get clarity around your cancer care, now.

Published by on August 24, 2022