Molecular profiling technologies can be used to identify cancer biomarkers that are associated with response, lack of response, or resistance to certain treatments. As with any treatment plan, you and your oncologist will need to work together to figure out what will work best for you. The following questions are designed to help guide your conversation with your healthcare provider.
Questions before molecular profiling:
Should I undergo molecular profiling to test for and analyze cancer biomarkers?
- How effective and useful do you feel biomarker testing and analysis would be for me?
- Is molecular profiling right for my cancer?
- What biomarkers are generally associated with my cancer?
- What could molecular profiling or biomarker analysis tell me about my cancer?
If molecular profiling is right for me, what do I need to know?
- Is molecular profiling painful? Will I need another biopsy or biopsies?
- What tests will I need to get?
- What are the different types of molecular profiling technologies? What is the purpose of each? How do they work?
- Is profiling considered an “in-network” service with my insurance provider?
- What happens if I cannot pay the out-of-pocket costs?
- Who will perform my biomarker analysis?
- Where will the biomarker analysis be performed?
- How long will it take to get the results back?
- Do I get a copy of my results?
Questions after molecular profiling:
What might molecular profiling reveal about my cancer?
- How will you use the results of my biomarker analysis?
- How likely is it that molecular profiling will identify a targeted treatment for me?
- What will happen if molecular profiling identifies an “off-label” or “off-compendium” treatment that might be effective for me?
- Will I ever need to get another profile done?