Is the MMprofiler™ Test right for you?
If you have been diagnosed with the blood cancer, multiple myeloma, this test can help your clinician select the best treatment for you.
While generally incurable, multiple myeloma is considered very treatable, usually with some combination of steroids, chemotherapy, thalidomide or lenalidomide, and possibly stem cell transplants.
These different cancer treatments all come with different possible benefits, risks and side effects. By measuring the activity of 92 cancer genes, this test can help your clinician choose the optimum combination for you as an individual.
Ask your clinician how you can get this test, or download this leaflet to give to them.
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Personalising your treatment
For decades, we have known – but weren’t able to determine why – patients with the same diagnosis respond differently to the same treatment.
Now, after ground-breaking genetic research, we know that like human beings, no two cancer cells are alike. Regardless of being diagnosed with the same type of cancer, two patients may benefit from a completely different treatment because their cancer cells are genetically different.
Choosing what to do – and what NOT to do
With the right treatment at the right moment, you can avoid unnecessary side effects from over- or undertreatment. This is likely to mean less hospitalisation, less additional medication – and ultimately a better quality of life.
You can discuss this with your clinician, or if you would like to talk to one of our experts about this test, call us on +44 (0) 1270 623 179
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What do I have to do?
You’ll need to provide a bone marrow sample. You will have had a biopsy before you received your cancer diagnosis, and we may be able to use the sample taken at that time so that you do not need an additional medical procedure to take this test. Ask your clinician for guidance.
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What do I have to do?
This test is only available through your clinician, who will receive your test results directly.
Step 1: Purchase and permission
Buy the test.
Step 2: Collection of sample
We will contact your clinician directly and organise the collection of your sample and delivery to the laboratory.
Step 3: Analysis and reporting
Your sample will be analysed and a report will be generated, usually within seven working days of receipt of your sample in the laboratory.
Step 4: Results
Your clinician will receive the analysis showing the genetic subtype of your blood’s plasma cells and what this means for your risk profile and potential treatments.
What your results mean for you
Knowing about your genetic subtype can help distinguish risk levels. If you are a high-risk, your clinician can select a more intensive treatment to slow down disease progression as much as possible. If you are standard-risk, it enables you and your clinician to discuss the options and select the most suitable treatment together.
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Frequently asked questions
- Do I need a doctor to authorise this test?
- Yes, your doctor will need to provide the bone marrow sample required for this test.
- Will my health insurance cover the cost of this test?
- Many health insurance plans cover the cost of genetic testing – check with your provider to find out if it is in your policy.
- How soon do I get my results?
- Usually within a week of receipt of your sample in the laboratory.