What is the test for?
Cquence solid tumor panel provides hopes for recovery and improves quality of life for cancer patients with solid tumor. Solid tumors are abnormal tissues that originate in organs or soft tissues that typically do not include fluid areas and cysts. Lung cancer, colorectal cancer and liver cancer, the top 3 cancers in Hong Kong, are examples of cancers with solid tumors.
How does this test help treat cancer?
This test enables doctors in determining the best medication for patients. Cquence Solid Tumor Panel is a precision medical test designed to determine 37 cancer genes specific to solid tumors. Finding out these cancer genes is important in making decisions and predicting responses for targeted-therapies and/or other treatments specific for the patient tested. The cancer genes listed in Cquence Solid Tumor Panel are both actionable and specific to solid tumors.
What are cancer genes and how are they related to cancer?
The major difference which separates a cancer cell from a normal cell is its uncontrolled cell growth with an exceptionally higher survival rate. These “enhanced” abilities are contributed by changes in the genetic information, or genes, of these cancer cells. Some of these changes, like in KRAS and BRAF, can even induce drug resistance against treatment.
Who should consider this test?
Patients who are suffering from a spectrum of cancers with solid tumor; or patients who have received targeted therapy and failed to show signs of recovery; both are advised to perform this test.
How are solid tumor samples obtained?
“Biopsy” is the surgical process which the doctor collects a section of the solid tumor tissue and sends it to the laboratory for analysis.
What should I do if my test results are positive?
Please consult your physicians for professional advices.