Advanced Testing for Managing and Monitoring Cancer

Circulating Tumour Cells

Circulating tumour cells (CTCs) are cells that have broken off of the primary tumour. These values can help to determine cancer burden on the body. Commonly used in cancer centres in Germany, this test can also help to track cancer progression and monitor treatment effectiveness with both conventional and integrative medical treatments.

FIT Test

The Fecal Immunochemical Test (FIT) is a screening test for colon cancer. It can detect very small amounts of hemoglobin/blood in a stool sample, which is not visible to the human eye. Individuals with a family history of colon cancer should have this test done 10 years prior to the age that the family member was diagnosed and individuals 50 years of age and older should have this done on an annual basis.

Tumour Markers

Tumour markers help to monitor cancer progression and cancer treatment management. Sometimes, if done unexpectedly, tumour markers can also help initiate further investigation when combined with particular symptoms.

Genomic Testing

Genomic testing can provide us with valuable information regarding our genes and our predisposition to certain conditions. Widely used in prevention in patients with a family history of cancer.

PCA3 Testing

The PCA3 (Prostate Cancer Gene 3) test is a test for detecting risk of prostate cancer. Given that Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) testing is commonly used, PSA can also be elevated in non-cancer conditions such as Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH), making it difficult to discern between a malignant and benign condition. PCA3t is run after a urine sample is collected post-digital rectal examination.

VEGFR Testing

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) plays a role in tumour-induced angiogenesis and cancer. 

IV Eligibility  Testing

 

Various IV therapies require particular blood work to ensure safety and optimization of treatment.

NK Cell Testing

Genomic testing can provide us with valuable information regarding our genes and our predisposition to certain conditions. Widely used in prevention in patients with a family history of cancer.

EGFR Testing

Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) plays a role in tumour-induced angiogenesis and cancer. 

© 2019 by Dr. Nadia Mawji, Naturopathic Doctor

Any information on this website is NOT to be considered a substitute to medical advice from a licensed medical professional attending specifically to your care.

The content provided is for information-purposes only. Additionally, we can never guarantee that a particular therapy or treatment will work for you.

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