Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Personalized Cancer Medicine

 

 


 

 About the Program

Cancer treatment can be tailored to your cancer when:

  • Tumors have known genetic changes driving their growth
  • Drugs to counteract those changes are available

Personalized oncology is matching the right therapy to the right patient at the right time. Read a U.S. News and World Report article aobut 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. 


Tumors Being Tested
 

  • Breast Cancer
  • Types of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Melanoma
  • Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

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.

 


 

Eligibility Requirements

 

Lung Cancer

  • The tests will be performed routinely as part of your care.

 

Melanoma

  • You will be asked to review and sign a consent form as part of a larger clinical trial. Your doctor will explain this process to you.

 

Breast Cancer

  • You will be asked to review and sign a consent form as part of a larger clinical trial. Your doctor will explain this process to you.

 

Colorectal Cancer

  • You will be asked to review and sign a consent form to allow for the mutation testing. Testing for colorectal cancer is a pilot program. About 200 patients will be tested during this initial program and the results will be evaluated for future projects.

 

To make an appointment, call our Access Center at (615) 936-8422 or toll-free (877) 936-8422, or request an appointment online.

 


Test Results' Impact on Cancer Care

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:

  • Some mutations (genetic changes) may indicate that a drug will be effective.
  • Other mutations may indicate your tumor won't respond to other treatments.
  • It is possible that your tumor does not have any of the mutations tested.
  • In all cases, this information can help inform treatment decisions.

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.

 


 

Types of Cancers Not Yet Offered in Personalized Cancer Medicine Testing

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.

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