We are all unique individuals, each of us having our own unique DNA. Drivers of disease are also hidden in our DNA. Cancer cells have mutations that are essentially mistakes in our DNA. That ‘DNA fingerprint’ can be exposed through new innovation in technology and science. ‘Genomic sequencing’ also referred to as ‘molecular testing’ can pinpoint the molecular drivers of disease, opening the door to new targeted treatment plans including clinical trials that can be more effective and less toxic than standard of care treatments like chemotherapy. This is precision medicine and the ticket to get there is through molecular testing.
Unfortunately, most advanced cancer patients don’t know about this. They don’t receive molecular testing because they don’t know about these tests, never ask for them, and doctors don’t volunteer to offer them. These tests can be expensive and insurance coverage can be limited. But things will never change fast enough if cancer patients remain silent and don’t demand these tests. We want to change that. Change starts with one cancer patient at a time demanding that doctors open up potential new treatment options by helping identify the real drivers of disease – deep in each of our DNA.