What is Drug Screening?
Drug screening tests hundreds of medications and therapies on your live cancer cells in a lab, and prioritizes the best choices instead of experimenting with the wrong drugs in your body. Not only are you able to avoid unfortunate side effects of certain therapies that may not work, but oncology teams can also determine which combination will best work and effectively shrink or eradicate the tumor.
Imagine having the confidence that you on the most effective treatment option.
How does Drug Screening work?
After preserving live cancer cells from your tumor, clinicians can test it against more than a hundred different drugs including chemotherapy agents, targeted medications and immunotherapy drugs. Some of these medications are experimental, or not approved for your specific indication, or only prescribed for tumors that are resistant to traditional chemotherapy. Drug screening helps prioritize the drug choices, tests experimental drugs, and identifies combinations that may prove more effective than single agents.
What is the difference between Chemo Sensitivity Testing and Drug Screening?
Chemo sensitivity typically tests and prioritizes 7-21 chemotherapeutic agents that are commonly prescribed to the cancer indication. Results are usually available within 7-10 working days.
Drug screening tests chemotherapy agents and tens of additional experimental medications and immunotherapy drugs to find the right drug or combination of for a particular tumor.
Who is a candidate for Drug Screening?
Every patient can benefit from prioritizing the drug choices and combinations to increase the likeliness of the treatment working. Since this test is not standard and covered by insurance, this test is more specifically appareling to patients:
- with aggressive disease or disease of unknown origin
- with advanced stage cancer or metastasis
- where the cancer has recurred
- whose cancer is not responding to traditional treatments
- with multiple treatment options
- experiencing too many side effects from my current treatment
- being told that there are no other treatment options available to me
- that have or (or think they may have) developed resistance to their current treatment
However, it is vital that live tumor is obtained for the testing to occur. That is why tumor banking is such an important part of your treatment.
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Your tumor is preserved in multiple formats for further study, immediately or at a later time. It is ideal for every cancer patient. Learn more about Tumor Preservation.
Chemo Sensitivity Testing
Tests which chemotheraputic agents will work on the tumor from day one, and and which will not. Learn more about Chemo Sensitivity Testing.
Identifies mutations on your tumor that help your oncologist prescribe more targeted drugs based on your tumor makeup. Learn more about Genomic Profiling.
Tests chemotherapy agents and tens of additional experimental and immunotherapy drugs to find the right combination for a particular tumor. Learn more about Drug Screening.
Immunotherapy designed to treat cancers that have already developed (as opposed to preventative). It educates the immune system to attack your cancer cells. Learn more about Personalized Vaccines.
Adoptive T-Cell Therapy
Immunotherapy approach that attempts to boost the natural ability of the patient’s T-cells (killer cells) to attack and fight your cancer cells. Learn more about Adoptive T-Cell Therapy.