Test results - validated with real world data
for better decisions.
Our association with HCG, India’s largest cancer hospital
chain, allows us access to a battery of top notch doctors
and 50,000 patients annually – serving as a source for
captive business and giving us the opportunity to
constantly learn and validate methodologies.
Cancer diagnostics - a cut above the rest.
Our integrated oncology offerings span Genetics,
Histopathology, Immuno Histo Chemistry (IHC),
Hematology and Flow – allowing physicians the
flexibility to choose from a whole range of tools to
arrive at their decisions.
Our state-of-the-art digital histopathology investments
allow us to educate, collaborate and validate the
opinions of pathologists all over the world. Our digital
slide repository is amongst the largest in the country
and signals opportunities in research and therapy
Diagnostic Tests for Cancer
- Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH)
- Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS)
Diagnostic tests help to understand the subtypes of cancers that are diagnosed in people. Some tests use a technique called immunohistochemistry (IHC) which help to understand which proteins are produced by cancer cells. The overall appearance and subtypes of cancer cells can be judged by histopathology. Expression of genes is assessed by karyotyping and fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) tests. For blood cancers, fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS) tests are also available at Strand.
Prognostic / Predictive Tests
- Tumor profiling tests – multi-gene NGS and single-gene PCR
- Tumor progression – Liquid Biopsy
- Cancer Biomarkers – CEA, CA-125, PSA
In cancer therapy, ongoing assessment of patient status is just as important as accurate diagnosis. Cancer therapy is also headed towards ‘personalised therapy’ where the choice of chemotherapy drugs is directed by an understanding of the genetic mutations that cause the cancer in the first place. This strategy has two distinct advantages:
- A patient can receive highly accurate therapy that has the highest chance of working. We strive to eliminate guesswork.
- Patients do not waste time and money in getting therapies that do not work against that genetic profile.
Strand offers a range of sophisticated, world-class tests based on next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology that provide a comprehensive ‘genetic profile’ or a ‘genetic barcode’ of a person’s cancer. The StrandAdvantage 56-gene and StrandAdvantage 152-gene tests are expressly tailored for this purpose. These tests have been used successfully to provide therapeutic options to thousands of patients.
In addition to multi-gene NGS tests, we also offer fast and economical PCR-based single gene tests for tumor profiling as well.
Liquid biopsy tests help in understanding the response of the patient to delivered therapies, at desired time intervals during the course of therapy. These are fast, accurate and economical tests that require only a small blood sample.
Protein biomarkers like CEA, CA-125 and PSA can also be tested at Strand.
Routine / Supportive Tests
- Liver function test – LFT
- Kidney function test – KFT
- Complete blood count – CBC
Doctors recommend tests like liver function test (LFT), kidney function test (KFT) and complete blood count (CBC) to understand a patient’s overall health between successive rounds of chemotherapy. All these tests can also be done at any one of our 12 diagnostic laboratories across the country.
Hereditary Risk Prediction Test
Most cancers are incidental and are caused by chance and exposure to cancer-causing substances. There are some genetic factors that increase a person’s chances of suffering from cancer, because of hereditary mutations. Predictive Germline Cancer tests are available to understand if a person bears such mutations in their genome.