Genomic analysis is the identification, comparison or measurement of features of the body’s complete set of DNA (over three billion DNA pairs), which can be found in every cell with a nucleus.
In general, this advanced method of testing will paint a picture of a predisposition to certain diseases to people, such as certain types of gastrointestinal cancers (e.g., pancreatic, colon, etc.) in those with a family history.
Under the circumstances that our practice is utilizing it in, a genomic analysis can help identify the DNA alterations that are the driving force behind the growth of a particular tumor. This can help determine the cause along with specific treatment plans which are based on the unique results in individual patients, as well.
Genomic analysis may help lead treatment (genomic-guided therapy) for individuals in a certain direction by understanding cancer and its development on a molecular level. This includes how the cancerous cells speak to one another, and may even help those in the advanced stages of cancer.
In addition, the invaluable information that is provided from a general genomic analysis may serve as a tool for other potentially at-risk family members, as well.
For more information about genomic analysis or to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, contact us today.