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Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

MDS is defined as ineffective hematopoiesis characterized by adequate or increased hematologic elements in bone marrow with peripheral cytopenia. Therefore, the presence of cytopenia in one or more hematologic lines is necessary for the diagnosis of MDS. However, numerous reactive conditions other than MDS can cause cytopenia and these conditions must be distinguished from MDS. While dysplasia in hematologic cells is an indication of the diagnosis of MDS, the presence of mutations along with cytopenia is the most conclusive evidence for the diagnosis of MDS. Normal individuals above the age of 50 may show mutation in some genes (ASXL1, TET2, DNMT3, and TP53), however, the level (Variant allele frequency, VAF) […]

Genomic Testing Cooperative Receives Medicare (Palmetto GBA) Coverage for two NGS Hematology Molecular Profiling Tests Including Liquid Biopsy for Hematologic Neoplasms

Genomic Testing Cooperative Receives Medicare (Palmetto GBA) Coverage for two NGS Hematology Molecular Profiling Tests Including Liquid Biopsy for Hematologic Neoplasms

GTC Receives Medicare Coverage for 2 NGS Hematology Molecular Profiling Tests Including Liquid Biopsy for Hematologic Neoplasms Irvine, California– June 19, 2019 – Genomic Testing Cooperative, LCA announced that the Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto GBA (MolDx®) has finalized its review and has established coverage for two Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC) hematology profiles: GTC-Hematology (177 gene DNA profiling) and GTC-Hematology Plus (177 gene DNA and 1408 gene RNA profiling). The two Comprehensive Genomic Profile (CGP) tests are designed to help Pathologists and Hematologists/Oncologists in establishing the precise diagnosis, prognosis and determine therapy in hematologic neoplasms. The GTC Hematology test (177 gene DNA Profile) can be performed on cell-free DNA (cf-DNA) from […]

Comprehensive PIK3CA Mutation Analysis

Comprehensive PIK3CA Mutation Analysis

  When you order GTC Breast Cancer Profile   The FDA has approved Piqray (alpelisib) tablets, to be used in combination with the FDA-approved endocrine therapy fulvestrant, to treat postmenopausal women, and men, with hormone receptor (HR)-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-negative, PIK3CA-mutated, advanced or metastatic breast cancer following progression on or after an endocrine-based regimen. FDA approval of the drug was based on detecting one of 11 frequent mutations in PIK3CA. Based on our data, these 11 mutations constitute only 62.83% of the mutation we detect when Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) is used. Abnormalities in PIK3CA have been reported in approximately 30% of patients with breast cancer. […]

The FDA has Approved Drugs for FGFR Abnormalities

The FDA has Approved Drugs for FGFR Abnormalities

The FDA has approved Balversa (erdafitinib) as a treatment for adult patients with locally advanced or metastatic bladder cancer that have FGFR3 or FGFR2 abnormalities and that has progressed during or following prior platinum-containing chemotherapy. Urothelial tumors have been reported to show abnormalities in FGFR3 (22%), FGFR1 (8%), and FGFR2 (2%). These abnormalities involve mutations, fusion and amplification/overexpression. Abnormalities in FGFR can also be seen in various tumor types including lung (20%), breast (10%), melanoma (20%) rhabdomyosarcoma (7%), and cervical cancer (5%). Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC) offers comprehensive testing of FGFR(1, 2, 3, and 4) covering mutations in all coding sequence, various fusions and expression levels. However, mutations studied in […]

GTC Presents at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

GTC Presents at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC) and Collaborators to Present data Resulting from its Proprietary DNA and RNA Profiling of Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma at the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting Irvine, California – May 22, 2019 – Genomic Testing Cooperative, LCA. today announced that data using its unique DNA and RNA profiling will be presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting.  In collaboration with University of California San Francisco, Fresno, CA and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC) used its proprietary DNA- and RNA-based profiling of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) to study primary brain lymphoma.  While DLBCL is common, […]

Study shows that RNA Plus DNA profiling significantly enhanced Drug Matching

Study shows that RNA Plus DNA profiling significantly enhanced Drug Matching

Recent study published in Nature Medicine (Rodon et al, Nature Medicine volume 25, pages 751–758, 2019) showed that molecular profiling using both DNA and RNA significantly enhanced therapy recommendation and patient outcome.  A third of the studied patients got drug therapy recommendation when both RNA and DNA testing was performed. Genomic testing cooperative (GTC) offers combined RNA and DNA profiling without significant increase in cost.  Order GTC Solid Tumor PLUS or GTC Hematology PLUS for proper RNA and DNA profiling. In addition to DNA profiling (SNV, indels, TMB, and MSI), thorough molecular profiling requires RNA profiling.  GTC RNA testing provides important information on fusion/translocation (ALK, ROS1, RET, NTRK, BCR-ABL1, EWRS1, […]

Cellgen Diagnostics and Genomic Testing Cooperative Partner

Cellgen Diagnostics and Genomic Testing Cooperative Partner

CELLGEN DIAGNOSTICS AND GENOMIC TESTING COOPERATIVE PARTNER TO ESTABLISH A NEW STANDARD IN CO-DEVELOPMENT OF COMPANION DIAGNOSTICS FOR CANCER THERAPIES Alliance will enable a faster and more rigorous approach to biomarker discovery and companion diagnostic co-development  Irvine, CA—April 3, 2019—Cellgen Diagnostics, a leading precision diagnostics company, and Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC), a pioneer in molecular testing, today announced a strategic collaboration to help accelerate global development of companion tests for various oncology therapeutics. The collaboration, between GTC’s Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), artificial intelligence (AI) based biomarker discovery service and Cellgen’s integrated companion diagnostics platform will provide the pharmaceutical industry a seamless integration of biomarker discovery, validation and development of in […]

23rd Annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies 2019

23rd Annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies 2019

23rd Annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies 2019: Focus on Leukemias, Lymphomas and Myeloma   The annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies is dedicated to providing clinicians access to emerging data in treating hematologic malignancies. Providing practical tools to optimize therapy and personalize care. Our Chief Medical Officer Dr. Maher Albitar will be presenting Beyond Genomics: Integrating Molecular Medicine in Our Practice on Friday March 1st, 8:40am. Few words about the Congress Now in its 23rd year, the annual International Congress on Hematologic Malignancies®: Focus on Leukemias, Lymphomas, and Myeloma provides practitioners who manage hematologic malignancies the practical tools to translate emerging data into the best therapy for patients with these tumors, […]

INTERVIEW: Introduction to Genomic Testing Cooperative by Dr. Maher Albitar

INTERVIEW: Introduction to Genomic Testing Cooperative by Dr. Maher Albitar

A quick interview from Genomic Testing Cooperative founder, CEO/CMO, Dr. Albitar, introducing Genomic Testing Cooperative answering questions about it… Get all the  answers by watching the following video:  What is a precision diagnosis? What makes GTC different? What is the co-op model? How does GTC deliver value in genomic testing? How does GTC use artificial intelligence? How does GTC disrupt the genomic testing market? What will be reported from GTC testing? How do you support community-based labs? How does GTC model contribute to companion testing?

Looking for an answer quickly from your NGS provider?

Looking for an answer quickly from your NGS provider?

Time Matters on Health Tests When dealing with cancer, clinicians and patients need to know the results of molecular testing as soon as possible.  Are you waiting 21-28 days to receive your NGS results? Genomic Testing Cooperative (GTC) is using disruptive technology and will report results within 7 days of receiving the sample.  GTC tests all coding sequence of 434 genes for solid tumors and 177 genes for hematology and provides a comprehensive report within 7 days from receiving a sample. Despite this extensive testing and comprehensive reporting, GTC manages to offer these panels at an affordable price.  For more information on these two tests and others, check out our […]

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