A moderator presents a brief overview of your medical history, including the type of cancer you have and prior treatments, followed by the presentation of the results of the molecular analysis of your tumor. The panel, made up of geneticists, biochemists and clinicians, asks questions and makes suggestions and comments. Some of the participants attend in person while others call in.
At the end of the meeting, recommendations are made. Our administrative team will help implement the recommendations by assisting you in enrolling in a clinical trial (inside or outside of Inova), or by obtaining a targeted therapy from a previously held clinical trial. Clinical trials and the new medications that result from them are generally the newest treatment options available and are not yet readily available to physicians in practice.
While most of your questions can be answered after the meeting by your clinician, you are welcome to ask questions or add comments that you feel are important to the conversation. Please note that the discussion is about your molecular results and not about symptom management or other questions that are more appropriate for your doctor.