Does OncoK9 detect the type of cancer a patient has?
OncoK9 looks for cancer-associated genomic alterations in a sample. If these are found, a Cancer Signal Detected report is issued. Samples in which no cancer-associated genomic alterations are identified are reported as Cancer Signal Not Detected. Currently OncoK9 can detect a subset of lymphoma. If detected, this will be noted in the comments sections of a patient's results. PetDx strives to consistently improve OncoK9, increasing sensitivity, specificity, and adding more cancers to it's detection list.
The test does not provide a definitive cancer diagnosis, and it should never be used as the sole basis for making important decisions such as treatment or euthanasia. A full clinical evaluation should be performed to establish a definitive diagnosis. Similarly, this test does not provide information about a patient’s genetic risk for developing cancer or other clinical conditions in the future. The results only indicates the detection or non-detection of cancer signal in the patient’s blood at the present time.