Thinking about cancer or dealing with cancer risk can be scary or overwhelming, but we believe that receiving information and resources is comforting, empowering, and lifesaving.
Cancer diagnosis and treatment almost always include some type of surgery to remove all or part of the cancer. Pathologists examine samples of the tumor to:
Additional testing may be performed to further study the genetic and protein makeup of the cancer. Each cancer has a unique combination of changes. Tumor tests look at these changes in cancer cells, which may provide information about a patient’s cancer, including:
This information can be used to guide treatment decisions and to help patients avoid side effects of treatments that will not work for them.
Some tests are already available in the clinical setting to help guide treatment, while others are still being tested within clinical trials.