How do I start working with Tempus?
Once you decide you would like to work with Tempus, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you appropriate manuals, forms and specimen collection kits based on your specific needs and requirements.
How do I order a Tempus test?
A test can be ordered by faxing a completed requisition form to us at 708.575.1789.
What type of sequencing does Tempus perform?
Our labs sequence both DNA and RNA from tumor samples as well as matched DNA from normal samples. Sequencing options include a targeted panel of ~600 genes (at 500x coverage), an onco-seq panel of ~1700 genes (at 500x coverage), whole exome (at 150x coverage) and whole genome (at 30x coverage).
Is the Tempus Lab CLIA-certified?
Yes - the lab is CLIA-certified and is currently undergoing CAP accreditation.
What are Tempus' specimen requirements and how are they obtained?
Tempus requires your patient's tumor and blood or saliva specimens for DNA and RNA extraction and amplification. Tissue specimen handling and preparation procedures should meet our requirements, which are available here. Tempus handles obtaining the tumor specimen.
What sequencing analysis is performed?
Somatic sequencing using formalin-fixed or fresh-frozen samples to identify genomic aberrations in cancer malignancies. All sequencing data will be available for analysis, and all potentially relevant therapies are reported and prioritized based on the strength of the clinical evidence that establishes the association between a given genomic alteration and a relevant therapeutic option.
RNA sequencing using tumor samples to analyze actionable genomic aberrations (e.g. gene fusions), gene expression analysis, rare and novel transcript discovery, and splice variant detection.
What results of the genomic analysis are included in the clinical report?
Tempus reports on all relevant therapeutic indications for detected somatic or gene expression alterations for which there is clinical evidence linking a given alteration to any FDA approved therapy in the cancer under study, or another cancer, and for alterations associated with a known or suspected contraindication to a given therapy. The first page summarizes the most relevant therapies with potential benefit and potential lack of benefit. Relevant therapies are prioritized based on the strength of the clinical evidence that establishes the association between a given genomic alteration and a relevant therapeutic option. The report cites all of the references for the clinical evidence that establishes the association between each genomic alteration and its matching therapy and additionally provides a complete bibliography of published research relevant to the targeted biomarkers and therapies. The clinical trials section matches your patient to eligible biomarker-based clinical trials.
How do I obtain the results?
A PDF of the summary section of the report will be emailed to you. In addition, when your first Tempus report is complete, you will receive an email with your unique login information. Once the report is complete, you will be able to login to access your patient’s detailed report, including both the clinical and research sections.
What is Tempus' turnaround time for test results?
Tempus sequencing results are returned within approximately two to three weeks of receipt of samples (both blood and tissue). Sequencing will not begin until all required specimens are received.
Does Tempus offer research services?
Yes, we work with many academic institutions and principal investigators on research projects pertaining to genomic sequencing of cancer patients. Please email email@example.com to get started.
Who do I contact if I have additional questions or need software support?