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What Is Genomic Testing?

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Published on May 4, 2018

What is genomic testing, and why should cancer patients inquire? For cancer patients, genomic testing results can provide experts with actionable insights, while gaining a deeper understanding of what’s driving the cancer. Watch now to learn more about how genomics is changing the way we look at cancer.

Transcript | What Is Genomic Testing?

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What Is Genomic Testing?

A type of analysis that identifies changes in DNA. For cancer patients, genomic testing results can provide experts with actionable insights.

“…we’re taking our better understanding of genes and the human genome and designing therapies that can target different pathways.”

~Julie Gralow, MD

The human genome is like a blueprint by which our bodies are made and work.

~The National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Genetic Testing vs. Genomic Testing

Genetic testing detects hereditary alterations in DNA. Genomic testing (profiling) detects acquired alterations in DNA.

Genomic Testing: Why Inquire?

Doctors sometimes describe cancer treatment as completing a puzzle. You would never try to complete a puzzle without having all the pieces. But without testing, you don’t have all the pieces to get that complete picture.

~David LeDuc, Bonnie Addario Foundation

“I was completely misdiagnosed at first, and I did not get effective treatment until my genetic mutation was identified.”

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

~Lisa Goldman, Living With Stage IV Lung Cancer

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