Understanding Liquid Biopsy
Biocept is using a simple non-invasive blood test, sometimes referred to as a liquid biopsy, to help doctors and patients create more personalized, responsive treatment plans by tracking cancer in real time.
How can a simple blood test help you and your doctor in the fight against cancer?
Today’s personalized cancer treatment relies on information about the specific abnormalities in your DNA and on tumor cells (called biomarkers), which make each person’s cancer different.
For years, doctors have been using tissue biopsies—samples taken directly from tumors—to find out which abnormalities are driving an individual’s cancer, so they can design a treatment plan with the best chances of success.
However, there are times when a tissue biopsy is difficult—or even impossible to obtain.
A liquid biopsy gives you and your doctor a new option to understand your cancer so an appropriate treatment plan can be created—from a simple blood test.
The Science Behind Liquid Biopsy
Cancer at any stage can shed tumor cells as well as fragments of cancer-causing DNA into the blood system. The more advanced the cancer, the more likely tumor cells and cancer-causing DNA can be found in the blood
Biocept technology is uniquely designed with analytically and clinically validated reagents to detect tumor cells and cancer-causing DNA from a patient’s blood sample. All tests performed in our CLIA-certified, CAP-accredited laboratory have undergone appropriate validation.
Biocept has developed the most advanced methods for finding cancer cells and DNA fragments in the blood.
You and your doctor get the same information you would get from an invasive tissue biopsy—all from a simple blood test.
Who should consider a liquid biopsy?
When cancer spreads, it sometimes changes—and a biopsy taken from the original tumor may not give your doctor all the information needed for appropriate treatment. A liquid biopsy gives you and your doctor a more complete understanding of metastatic cancer.
You may be a good candidate for a liquid biopsy if your doctor didn’t get enough tissue from a traditional biopsy. A liquid biopsy could allow you to avoid repeat surgical biopsies.
How Does It Work?
Get a blood test.
You can have your blood drawn the same day your doctor orders the test.
The sample is sent to Biocept’s laboratory.
Your physician should receive the results of your test in approximately 5-7 days from when Biocept receives your sample.
Your physician gets your results.
Results are intended to provide information to your doctor about the presence of certain cancer-associated biomarkers found in circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and/or circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) in the blood. These results can assist your doctor in understanding the status of your disease to make decisions about current and future therapy.
Get Started With Liquid Biopsy
Download our printable questionnaire to help you and your doctor decide whether a liquid biopsy is right for you.download now
Who pays for a liquid biopsy?
Biocept accepts most insurance and will bill on behalf of the patient. In addition, Biocept has a Financial Assistance Program (see Billing Policy), with payment plans available based on the patient’s financial situation. We are committed to excellence and are here to assist with any questions or concerns you may have.
Please call 888.332.7410 M-F from 8-5 PST to discuss individual claims and policies.