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Asking for a simple test can expand your treatment options. You may have heard the terms precision or personalized medicine. This is the idea that a person’s tumor has certain characteristics that control the tumor’s behavior (like growth and spread) and some treatments can directly target these characteristics. These characteristics are indicated by specific mutations or biomarkers that can be found by testing your lung tissue.
Be sure to let your doctor know you want your tumor tested using comprehensive genomic testing. Receiving comprehensive testing along with a standard tissue biopsy will give your doctor a fuller understanding of your particular type of lung cancer so they can suggest the best treatment options for you. Asking for this simple test could mean access to potentially life-saving personalized lung cancer treatment. Along with knowing the type and stage of your lung cancer, comprehensive genomic testing is an important part of learning what makes your lung cancer unique so you can go on a treatment plan specifically designed for you. If you have questions about whether or not your tumor should be tested, you may want to seek a second opinion.
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Reviewed and approved by the American Lung Association Scientific and Medical Editorial Review Panel. Last reviewed November 18, 2017.