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Personal Genomics was posted 08/08/2015 11:22 pm by Anonymous
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After my Dad was diagnosed with Stage 4 PC last year, he was treated at Hopkins by Dr. Laheru. We decided to pursue genetic testing and worked with Personal Genomics, a private company, to coordinate the testing at JHH. Despite having multiple pathologists in the room during the biopsy, and concurrence among them that the tissue sample was adedequate, our results came back inconclusive. The sample was mostly fatty tissue and there weren't sufficient tumor cells for testing,

When we asked Dr. Laheru about whether another biopsy would impact our course of treatment (my Dad was on GTX-C) he said that the pharma development hadn't kept pace with the genomics progress. Other than using Tarceva for BRCA gene carriers, there wasn't a high likelihood that the genetic test results would change our treatment plan.

If you choose to work with Personal Genomics, Maura Kadan, our POC, was both kind and helpful as we went through the process.

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