Your cancer is unique.
Your treatment should be, too.

At Tempus, we offer comprehensive genomic testing (DNA, RNA, etc). These next-generation sequencing tests can be performed to identify specific alterations that may drive the behavior of your cancer. This information may help your physician optimize a course of treatment based on your unique cancer.

If you and your physician decide that genomic testing is right for you, we work directly with your physician to obtain the necessary specimen samples and clinical information. A report with your results will be delivered to your physician, and he or she will contact you once the report has been received to discuss the results and determine the best next steps.

Having Tempus in my fight for cancer… it’s incredible.


"I already know–thanks to [Tempus] testing–my first, second, and third lines of defense."

Bobbie Marshall


We’re here to help.

Tempus is committed to providing easy and affordable access to our tests and services.

Step 1

Apply for financial assistance online at

Step 2

Tempus will respond to your application immediately. If approved, your max out-of-pocket cost is no more than $100.

Step 3

Please contact if you are concerned about out-of-pocket costs and would like to discuss your options.

All U.S.-based patients are eligible to apply for financial assistance regardless of insurance status. For uninsured and international patients, we offer a self-pay option. If you have any questions, please email


Authorization for Medical Records: Through, you will be directed to our Notice and Authorization for Medical Records authorization form. This optional form allows us to request outcomes and other medical records from your health care providers. Please see the form for more information.


Frequently asked questions

Can I order a test directly?

No. Our testing can only be ordered by your physician.

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. Apply for assistance at
If unable to complete the online application, please contact our Client Services team at 800-739-4137 for assistance.

How does Tempus obtain my tumor sample for testing?

We will work with your hospitalʼs 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 xT test checks hundreds of genes for alterations by testing both the tumor tissue DNA and the normal tissue DNA, when available, 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.

I received a “Request of Information” (ROI) from my physician. What does this mean?

Your doctor may ask that you complete a form before your specimen is sent to Tempus. Please ask your doctor if you have questions about it.

Do I need to provide consent for my physician to order a Tempus test?

Your physician needs to obtain your consent in order to order a Tempus test. If you live in Alaska, California, Florida, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, or Vermont, we will reach out to you to sign a patient consent specific to your state.

How is my information used?

Please see our Privacy Policy and our HIPAA Notice of Privacy Practices for more information.

Questions about Tempus or submitting a sample: or 800.739.4137

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