How Genetic Testing Affects the Choice of Treatment for CLL

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Sophisticated testing can reveal the driver mutations behind a patient’s chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Can therapy then be tailored to their unique genetic profile? On location at CLL Live in Niagara Falls, Canada, dedicated researcher Dr. Nicole Lamanna, from Columbia University Medical Center, explains how genetic testing can influence treatment strategy and what tests are recommended for CLL patients before starting therapy. Watch now to learn more.

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So certainly before somebody needs therapy of any kind, so if you're at the point that you need treatment based on whatever reasons those are, testing should absolutely be done. FISH should absolutely be done and can be done off your peripheral blood to look at these chromosomal abnormalities. And the IgVH mutational status should be done as well, because I think that there's more and more data suggesting that different types of therapies for that group as well.  

And so when you're discussing these therapies with your patients those are probably the two biggest influencers now in the types of therapy that you might be offered, so those certainly… 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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