pauldhodson Posted August 14, 2018 Share Posted August 14, 2018 Hey Guys, I am interested in getting a comprehensive genetic test. From what I understand, the best test available is called a 'somatic' genetic test, offered by a USA company called Foundation One. They take a specimen of cancerous prostate tissue and do what's called a 'somatic' test where they screen for 360 genetic malfunctions, which would not appear on a blood test. The idea being that once you have your 'Genetic Sequence' you can push for more targeted therapy. Has anyone in Australia been through this testing? I am keen to get it done and I will travel to the US if necessary, but ideally, I would have a tissue biopsy taken in my home city of Perth, which could be shipped out to one of the Foundation One labs in the US. I did read somewhere that somatic genetic testing would become available in the next 12 months at my local hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth, but I can't find the article. I may be getting radiation to the prostate, for the first time in the next few months, ahead of getting Lutetium177 infusions, so I'm not sure I can wait around for the hospital system to start offering this testing, as I understand, it's way better to get a test done before the prostate has been irradiated. Any experiences any of you guys have had in this area, I would be glad to hear about. If anyone knows of any comprehensive genetic sequencing being offered in Australia, I'd love to hear about it. I did have a genetic test about 1 year ago, but it was purely from a blood sample and they only screened for 12 genetic errors, such as the BRCA1/2. Apparently the Foundation One test checks for 360+ genetic errors. Cheers Paul Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.