Frequently Asked Questions
What is “precision medicine?”
Precision medicine is a form of personalized medicine, where the treatment or regiment is tailored specifically to the individual patient and their cancer’s biology.
What is targeted therapy?
Target therapies are drugs, alone or in combination, that specifically target a protein of interest or a unique biological function.
How are targeted therapies different from traditional chemotherapy?
Targeted therapies, in contrast to traditional chemotherapy and radiation, can potentially be less toxic to you and may exhibit a better treatment response by only attacking cancer cells carrying your specific mutation.
What is Immunotherapy?
Cancer immunotherapy, also known as immuno-oncology, is a form of cancer treatment that uses the power of the body’s own immune system to prevent, control, and eliminate cancer. Immunotherapy can: Educate the immune system to recognize and attack specific cancer cells, boost immune cells to help them eliminate cancer, and provide the body with additional components to enhance the immune response. Cancer immunotherapy comes in a variety of forms, including targeted antibodies, cancer vaccines, adoptive cell transfer, tumor-infecting viruses, checkpoint inhibitors, cytokines, and adjuvants. Immunotherapies are a form of biotherapy (also called biologic therapy or biological response modifier (BRM) therapy) because they use materials from living organisms to fight disease. Some immunotherapy treatments use genetic engineering to enhance immune cells’ cancer-fighting capabilities and may be referred to as gene therapies. Many immunotherapy treatments for preventing, managing, or treating different cancers can also be used in combination with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or targeted therapies to improve their effectiveness.
Can OmniSeq’s test be used for my tumor type?
OmniSeq INSIGHTSM can provide the molecular profile for solid tumor cancers (ie lung, colorectal, pancreatic, breast, prostate).
How can I get tested with OmniSeq®?
Only your doctor can order OmniSeq testing. A small portion of your tumor is needed to perform the test at the OmniSeq laboratory. This tissue may already be available from a previous surgery or biopsy. OmniSeq CARES will work with your healthcare team to facilitate testing and provide a detailed report about your cancer to your physician.
What happens after testing is complete?
Results of OmniSeq testing are returned directly to your doctor. The results include a detailed assessment of your tumor, as well as information about potential opportunities for targeted or immune therapies or clinical trials.
What is a cancer clinical trial?
A clinical trial is a regulated study to evaluate if a novel therapy is more efficacious than the current standard of care for that specific cancer sub-type or targeted protein. Trials are conducted in “Phases.”
How can I learn more about participating in clinical trials?
The FDA is encouraging more patients to participate in clinical trials, especially people of different ages, races, ethnic groups, and genders. Overall, few people actually sign up for and participate in trials, and those who do participate don’t always represent the U.S. population. Participation is especially low for certain populations, including adults age 75 or older and people from certain racial and ethnic groups. Learn more here.
Will OmniSeq® or LabCorp bill my insurance?
OmniSeq and LabCorp will work with every insurance carrier to maximize coverage of OmniSeq testing regardless of participation status. We believe every patient should have access to OmniSeq testing regardless of insurance participation or financial status. Let the OmniSeq CARES team navigate the insurance claim process while you focus on your care.
Will my insurance cover OmniSeq® testing?
Our customer service program, OmniSeq CARES, is dedicated to helping you. The team works directly with your insurance carrier to maximize insurance coverage of OmniSeq testing. If necessary, our representatives will help you enroll in an assistance program that reduces your financial burden.
I received a bill from LabCorp for my OmniSeq test, why?
OmniSeq partners with LabCorp to expand access to testing nationwide. Please contact LabCorp at the number on your statement to discuss any charges and payment options.