Your oncologist directs your care…and guides Certis’ testing.
Cancer is serious. It’s also complex, emotionally taxing, confusing to patients and their families, and all-consuming. So, for good reason, your oncologist is your guide, advocate and “quarterback” for all the care, support and treatment you need and receive—and for your testing.
In short, your doctor directs all aspects of your care. At Certis, our role is to provide advanced testing to inform and enable your doctor to provide the most personalized and effective treatment for you. As such, we work closely with your oncologist. Indeed, while we’re working to help you have more time and the best possible quality of life, it’s really your doctor who we’re serving. And we depend on your doctor to help us do it right and well.
Here are the ways in which your oncologist is essential and integral to our testing:
- Discuss orthotopic PDX testing with your doctor.
The first step toward orthotopic PDX testing with Certis is for you to discuss it with your doctor. Together, you and your doctor can determine if you’re a viable candidate for the testing.
- It starts with a call from your doctor.
If you elect to move forward with Certis’ orthotopic PDX testing, all it takes is a phone call to Certis. From there, we’ll contact you and your doctor, explain everything, and begin the process. The only official requirement is that we obtain your written consent, but that presumes your doctor’s consent and, of course, continued involvement.
- Your doctor guides us as to which drugs to test.
Your doctor is your cancer specialist, knows you and your case, and has a deep knowledge of the therapies that are available. So we rely on your doctor to narrow the drug therapies down from hundreds to just the few with the highest probability of success for your unique cancer.
- Your doctor helps us obtain your tumor tissue for testing.
We also depend on your doctor to help us obtain a sample of your tumor’s tissue, whether from surgery or core needle biopsy. (We can also help find a biopsy center near you, and we’ll make all the arrangements to have the tumor tissue shipped to our testing facility.)
- Your doctor gets frequent updates.
During establishment of the tumor lines, we keep your doctor updated about the progress. We also stay in touch with your oncologist during testing, providing updates and asking questions as needed.
- Your oncologist has easy access to our experts.
At any time, your doctor is welcome—encouraged—to inquire with us for any questions or concerns he or she (or you) may have. This includes access to members of our scientific advisory board.
- Your doctor uses our data to determine your best treatment.
When testing is complete, the resulting data is provided to your oncologist. As with a PET scan or blood test, your doctor analyzes the findings in order to make informed, science-based decisions about recommendations and next steps.
For more information about Certis’ testing, your cancer-care team’s involvement, or how you and your oncologists can get started, call 858-228-4110.