Frequently Asked Questions
Cancer Guardian is new and innovative, high touch support program designed to provide an individual and their family with the dedicated resources, technology, and Advanced DNA Testing needed to effectively navigate cancer while improving chances of survival.
Advanced DNA Testing for Cancer, also known as Comprehensive Genomic profiling, provides insights into the genetic makeup of an individual’s cancer, and is a powerful addition to existing tools for a treating physician.
The Cancer Guardian program provides individuals a private-pay solution for comprehensive genomic profiling tests, which are not typically covered by medical insurance.
Possible benefits of Advanced DNA Testing include:
- Improved cancer diagnostic accuracy
- Treating physician’s ability to better predict cancer patient outcomes
- Guide cancer treatment selection using precision medicine
- Leads to more patients getting enrolled in clinical trials and new drug discovery
- Improve patient survival
In the event that you, your spouse, or your dependent(s) are diagnosed with cancer, you should contact Cancer Guardian at the earliest opportunity.
Cancer Guardian and its test lab partners will engage with the treating physician to ensure the appropriate specimen(s) are sent to the lab chosen by your Oncologist for genomic profiling. You may contact Cancer Guardian at 833-CGuardian or [email protected]
Advanced DNA Testing report results are typically delivered to your treating physician within 10-14 days from the receipt of your specimen(s). The report can be delivered by several means, including an online physician portal.
Complex cases or sub-optimal specimens that require additional work may result in a longer time for report delivery.
Cancer Guardian can arrange for a clinician from our certified lab partner to speak to your treating physician to address any questions that they may have.
Simply provide Cancer Guardian with your treating physician’s contact information, and we will have someone from our clinician support team reach out to your treating physician.
Cancer Guardian will provide up to three tests as part of the program during the lifetime of being an active participant in the program.
Once enrolled you will receive your Cancer Guardian program I.D. card and program certificate.
What if I have had a cancer diagnosis in the past or I am currently receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis?
The Advanced DNA Testing, Second Opinion Pathology Review and Onsite Nurse Navigator included in the Cancer Guardian membership are for cancer diagnosis that occur after your program effective date.
You are still eligible to enroll in the program if you have had a previous cancer diagnosis or if you are currently receiving treatment for a cancer diagnosis. For cancers that are diagnosed prior to your program effective date, you will have access to a dedicated Cancer Support Specialist, Cancer Information Line and Medical Records Platform.
Advanced DNA Testing, Second Opinion Pathology Review and Onsite Nurse Navigator will be offered to you at a discounted retail price for cancers diagnosed prior to your program effective date.
No, Cancer Guardian is powered by Wamberg Genomic Advisors (WGA), an advisory firm with expertise in genomic testing. WGA conducts rigorous due diligence vetting out the best-in-class labs.
WGA’s team of experts then form partnerships with best-in-class labs to deliver Advanced DNA Testing and reporting at competitive prices.
A report may include the following:
Details that can improve the accuracy of diagnosis
Information that identifies additional options for potentially more effective treatments based on the genomic profile of the patient’s cancer, for example:
- Targeted therapies
- Clinical trial participation
What happens if I am diagnosed with cancer that is later considered in remission, and then I get cancer again?
Cancer Guardian will continue to provide you with a Cancer Support Specialist, the Medical Records Platform, and access to Advanced DNA Testing for cancer, as long as you remain enrolled in the program. Up to three tests maximum will be covered if enrolled in the Cancer Guardian program.
Tests are ordered through the following process:
- Upon diagnosis of cancer, the program participant, should immediately contact Cancer Guardian.
- The Cancer Guardian team will provide the treating physician with the genomic testing options available through the program.
- The physician will order the appropriate test and arrangements will be made for your specimen to be moved to the test lab.
- The genomic profiling report delivered to the treating physician will highlight the most effective treatment options for your cancer.
- Cancer Guardian’s Cancer Support Specialists are available to answer questions throughout the process.
All Advanced DNA Testing report information is only released to the treating physician who signed the test requisition form.
The reports are delivered via a secure online physician portal. The physician can then review the results with the patient.
The Cancer Guardian program only covers the cost of the specific program features.
The program does not cover the actual clinical costs or medication costs associated with the treatment plan that program participants and/or their dependents may undergo.
Routine single gene markers or hot spot genetic tests are the most prevalent genetic testing performed in today’s standard of care to help guide cancer treatment. In some cases, these tests are reimbursed by medical insurance.
Unfortunately, these tests have been known to miss critical genomic rearrangements and alterations, and therefore omit important information needed for better determining if a patient is a candidate for advanced treatment therapies outside of chemo and radiation.