Cancer isn't only about where it grows. It's about how it grows. Genetic alterations drive cancer growth. Some treatments address these specific alterations. Tempus helps doctors identify the treatments that might work for your unique cancer.
In the past decade, cancer research has made unprecedented advances in identifying the genetic alterations that drive tumor growth and disease progression in cancer. Abnormalities in a person's genes cause irregular processes, leading to the spread of cancer. Our genomic test identifies unique alterations along with therapies and clinical trials so doctors can choose the right treatment options.
How it works.
Ask your doctor about genetic sequencing. If it's right for you, your doctor can order a test.
Our lab receives your samples for DNA and RNA sequencing.
We analyze the sequencing results and generate a clinical report.
Your physician will review the results and treatment options with you.
Submitting your sample.
We will work with your medical team to collect the appropriate samples needed.
How will knowing more about my genomic alterations help determine a treatment plan?
Knowing the alterations that are driving your cancer may help to identify targeted FDA-approved and clinical trial therapies that in some cases have been proven to be more effective than organ- and tissue-specific treatments.
How do you order the test and what information needs to be provided?
Your doctor will need to order the test directly from Tempus by completing a simple requisition form. We will coordinate the collection of specimen samples (blood or saliva, as necessary) and will request the tumor sample from your hospital's pathology department.
How long does it take to get results from the test?
From the time Tempus receives the necessary specimen samples, it typically takes approximately two to three weeks to sequence and generate your report. The report will be delivered to your physician, who will contact you when the results are received.
Is the test covered by my health insurance or by Medicare?
We will work with your insurance company to submit for reimbursement. A comprehensive patient-assistance program is also available. Our patient financial assistance form is available here.
How does Tempus obtain my tumor sample for testing?
We will work with your hospital’s pathology department to obtain your tissue sample. Your tumor sample will be sent to our secure sequencing lab in Chicago.
What is included in the final report?
We generate a comprehensive report that will present your tumor biology, potential targeted therapies and your patient history. The report will also highlight recruiting clinical trials, if available, that fit your profile. We also provide other insights for deeper exploration of available options.
How do I get a copy of my test results?
The report will be sent to your physician to share with you.
Is the Tempus test right for me?
Our services explore options for patients with metastatic, refractory and recurrent cancer. Eligible patients include those with cancer of unknown origin; rare or uncommon solid tumors with limited treatment options; solid tumors not responding to standard of care; recurrent or metastatic cancer, or an interest in enrolling in clinical trials. It's up to your doctor to decide if genetic sequencing can help in your cancer treatment.
How is your sequencing better than others?
Our comprehensive approach checks hundreds of genes for alterations by testing both the tumor tissue DNA and the normal tissue DNA along with testing the RNA. By testing all three together, we improve the detection of tumor-specific alterations and take a deep look into your tumor's biology.
Learn how Tempus can help your doctor identify new treatment options.