Did Your Cancer Return?

Take Control of Your Future

If your cancer has returned, finding the most advanced treatment for you is more critical than ever. Chances are, you relied on the standard treatment of care to address your initial cancer diagnosis.  Standard treatments are a starting point, but now you need a personalized treatment plan that expands the options previously introduced to you.

Take Control of Your Future

Your tumor tissue holds valuable information to finding the potential options where standard treatments simply lack the science. If you preserved your tissue at first diagnosis, SpeciCare can retest for new drug options that previously were unavailable.

If you did not collect your living tumor tissue, it’s not too late. Science has proven there is great knowledge to be gained from tumor tissue, an item commonly used by pathology and then thrown away as medical waste. Today, we now know living tumor tissue may be the key to unlocking new personalized treatment options and revelations in cancer care. By saving and preserving live tumor tissue, we can offer individuals a new and significant validation step to identify effective therapies designed for long-term survival. Preserved tissue may also enable the 85% of patients being treated in their local communities access to leading-edge solutions that transcend geographic boundaries.

You get one chance to save your tumor tissue, don’t let it go to waste.

This critical pre-surgical decision allows you to:
 

  • Take control of your journey
  • Secure ownership of your valuable tumor tissue
  • Receive personalized options now and later
  • Limit unnecessary toxicities
  • Stay home while your tissue travels in search of world class care
  • Test your tissue against more than 300 drugs to provide individualized data on the treatments that perform most effectively
  • Receive innovative treatment options without you being the guinea pig

What options can saving my tumor tissue provide?

Standard vs. Precision Medicine

Routine Therapies

Chemotherapy Targeted Therapies
Surgery Radiation Therapy
Genetic Sequencing
(Only 10% of patients)

Individual Precision Medicine

Access to Researchers
Pertinent Clinical Trials
Ex Vivo Therapy Testing
Personalized Therapies
TILs
Clinical Vaccines
Organoid Creation

Storing Your Tissue

The SpeciCare Process

SpeciCare collects, tests and preserves live tumor tissue for all types of cancers for physician and patient-directed use to create new treatment opportunities and clinically actionable research information back to our patients.

Step 1

Connect with a patient advocate to discuss your cancer journey, sign our SpeciDirective to take personal ownership of your tumor tissue, and SpeciConsent. Your patient advocate is available to answer any questions you have along the way.

Step 2

Our SpeciKit® will be mailed to you for use day of surgery.

Step 3

Bring the kit with you to your surgery. Simple instructions will outline the process for your surgeon to collect and ship your tumor to us.

Step 4

Once your SpeciKit® is received, we will send you a report from a board-certified pathologist indicating the volume of stored tissue successfully preserved and ready for your use.

Step 5

We’re here to help guide you and your physician on how to best use your tumor tissue today and in the future.

“Our Individual Precision Medicine process developed with SpeciCare takes living tissue from the patient to preserve in several formats, thereby maximizing opportunities for its use for the patient’s benefit. This biological material is preserved using advanced cryopreservation methods that are consistent with industry-leading biorepositories and in vitro fertilization clinics worldwide. All tissue is reviewed by ASCP-certified Cytotechnologists and Pathologists to document its content and quality.

We are pleased with this medical advancement because it empowers the patient to take part in their own outcomes. By preserving cells and tissue from the patient and giving them ownership, they become an active participant in the treatment process. Together with SpeciCare, we believe by increasing the availability of high-quality specimens, cancer treatment can evolve to a more informed and targeted process at the individual level.”

Dr. Carol C. Eisenhut MD, MBA, President, DCL Pathology, SpeciCare Partner

Patient Benefits

Benefits to storing living tumor tissue

Options

Storing tumor tissue opens the door to significant opportunities for long-term survival, including creating access to researchers, clinical trials, ex vivo therapy testing, clinical vaccines, organoid creation and more. More than half of patients who store their tumor tissue utilize a portion within the first year, creating access to new options that can be delivered locally with the patient’s own clinical care team.
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QUALITY OF LIFE

When time matters most, you want to be close to family and friends. With SpeciCare, we can send the tumor in your place as part of a result-directed treatment program and clinical recommendations administered by your local care team.

PRECISION DIAGNOSTICS

Organoid creation, access to clinical trials, genetic sequencing, individualized vaccine, tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes (TILs), chemo-sensitivity testing, and other precision medicine treatment options can help quickly pinpoint a treatment regimen right for you without unnecessary side effects and trial and error.

IMPROVED OUTCOMES

Science and medicine have come a long way in recent years. With Live Tissue Science™ we can advance treatment success rates from 10% to more than 70% … today.

Options with Live Tissue Science

CHEMO-SENSITIVITY TESTING

We know that feeling as good as possible during treatment is important. Your tissue gives you the opportunity to test your body’s sensitivity to certain kinds of chemotherapy even before you begin treatment. It can also help clinicians evaluate effectiveness prior to administering it to you to guide their chemo choices and save valuable time when time matters most.

TUMOR-INFILTRATING LYMPHOCYTE (TILS)

Cancer is a genetic disease that is caused by changes in the DNA that change the way cells function. By testing your unique combination of genetic changes and tumor DNA sequencing, researchers can help provide information to your medical team that can aid in their treatment planning. Knowledge of your specific genetic mutation profile helps especially in identifying targeted therapies and finding precise options showing the most promise for your genetic make-up.

ACCESS TO CLINICAL TRIALS

Participating in clinical trials can be a good way to gain access to some of the latest treatment options before they become standard of care. By having frozen tumor tissue available, the researchers may be able to test the response of your tumor with their trial before testing it on you. In addition, many clinical trials pursue participants with live tumor tissue samples to aid in their research, so by having it available you increase the options available to you.

INDIVIDUALIZED VACCINE

Your tumor tissue can be used to create a vaccine that is personal to your cancer, body and immune system. The vaccine will allow your body to recognize the cancer cells so it can more effectively fight them while stimulating your immune system.

ORGANOID CREATION

A newly emerging field in precision medicine is the use of patient-derived cancer tissue that is grown into ‘organoids’ (3D cultures of cancerous cells) in the laboratory which can be used for large-scale drug screening, fundamental cancer biology research, oncogene modeling, gene discovery and chemo-sensitivity studies.

Pricing

Contact us for individual Pricing Information

We are committed to making live tumor storage accessible to as many individuals and their loved ones as possible. By working with leading industry experts in our field, we have developed a unique process for collecting and storing live tissue that has been validated and quality tested.

Pricing Includes

  • Legal documentation to gain control of your tissue
  • Tissue shipping/handling fees to the laboratory
  • Report from board-certified pathologist about the volume of stored tissue that was harvested and successfully preserved and ready for use
  • Patient Advocate Support Services
  • Collection kit (SpeciKit®)
  • Tissue processing & analysis
  • Tissue cryopreservation fees
  • Ongoing management/maintenance fees
DISCLAIMER: This cost covers consultations with SpeciCare patient advocates and experts who help educate, guide and direct living tumor usage by the patient and their referring physician. Additional retrieval, administrative and shipping fees will apply according to directed use of living tumor tissue. SpeciCare does not make medical decisions on behalf of the patient, but provides options and new avenues to consider with their clinical care team. The patient owns and controls usage of their living tissue with the help of their personal clinical care team.

For additional information, visit our Frequently Asked Questions Page.