It is important to speak with your doctor about getting a biomarker test in order to find out which genetic mutations are causing your NSCLC.
- NSCLC is caused by changes (or mutations) in your genes that can cause your lung cells to grow or multiply more than they should. Eventually, those extra cells cluster together and form tumours that lead to lung cancer.
NSCLC with certain mutations are currently being studied in clinical research. The efficacy (if it works and if it can focus on the cancer cells, while leaving healthy cells alone) and safety of the investigational medicines are currently being evaluated.
Getting a biomarker test and reviewing the results with your doctor can help you and your doctor better understand your potential options. Your results may also provide an opportunity for you to participate in clinical research.