Quest Diagnostics offers Biocept's liquid biopsy test for lung cancer

Dec. 2, 2021

Physicians in the United States can now order the liquid biopsy-based Target Selector NGS Lung Panel test directly from Quest Diagnostics. Developed by Biocept, the lab-developed liquid biopsy test aids genomic profiling in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), helping physicians identify potential targeted therapies and monitor the effectiveness of treatment.

With a physician's order, individuals are now able to provide a blood specimen for testing at one of Quest's 2,200 located patient service centers across the United States. Collected specimens will be forwarded to Biocept's CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory in San Diego for testing.

The Target Selector NGS Lung Panel contributes to better patient outcomes by providing physicians with direction on therapeutic options for those battling NSCLC. Healthcare providers may perform genomic profiling of tissue to aid their selection and response monitoring of gene-targeted NSCLC therapies.

However, patients are not always able to have a tissue biopsy, which can take weeks to produce a result and may be limited by the quality and quantity of tissue that can be collected. Liquid biopsies identify genetic material from tumor cells that are shed and circulate in the blood stream, complementing insights from tissue biopsies and reducing dependence on tissue. 

Biocept's multi-gene, tumor-specific NGS Lung Panel allows physicians and researchers to use a simple blood sample to analyze actionable biomarkers associated with specific solid tumor types. It combines Biocept's liquid biopsy biomarker testing expertise with next generation sequencing and decision support resources.

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