Every pancreatic tumor is different. Patients who receive treatment based on their tumor’s biological characteristics have better outcomes. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network strongly recommends molecular profiling of your tumor to help determine the best treatment options.
- Ask you to sign consent forms
- Contact your doctor
- Coordinate the tissue sample – In most cases, tissue sample is obtained for molecular profiling through either a biopsy or surgical resection
- Coordinate the molecular profiling
- Compile the report, including expert review
- Be in contact with you and your doctor throughout the Know Your Tumor process to ensure that all of the necessary steps are completed
- Working with doctors and patients to coordinate procedures, such as a biopsy, to obtain tumor tissue for testing
- Sending the tissue to the laboratories for testing
- Having a panel of pancreatic cancer experts interpret the test results
- Providing the patient and his/her doctor with a report that gives information about the unique characteristics of the patient’s tumor and a list of treatment options for the doctor and patient to consider
Medical procedures – including biopsies – and molecular testing will be billed to the patient’s insurance. The patient will be responsible for any co-pay, co-insurance or insurance deductible associated with a procedure to obtain tumor tissue and for the molecular testing.
Perthera’s patient coordinator can provide information on applying for financial assistance programs available through the molecular testing laboratories used to help reduce or eliminate the bill for molecular testing.
Should insurance coverage issues arise, our Know Your Tumor CareLine (in partnership with the Patient Advocate Foundation) may be able to help.
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