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Center for Personalized Diagnostics

Get an inside look at genomic cancer testing at our Center for Personalized Diagnostics.

What is the Center for Personalized Diagnostics?

The Center for Personalized Diagnostics (CPD) is a joint initiative between Penn Medicine's Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center. This means our pathologists work hand-in-hand with your oncologist to determine the best course of action for your cancer treatment, based on the genomic test results and your specific needs.

Watch and learn how the CPD works in this video:

Benefits of having your cancer tested (knowing your genomic alterations) with the CPD, may include:

  • It can help identify targeted therapies that may be more effective and have fewer side effects
  • May spare some individuals the costs and side effects of certain therapies
  • Your results may match with a Clinical Trial

Your oncologist will discuss if these options apply to you.

Only your oncologist can order a CPD test. To have your cancer tested by the CPD usually does not require another procedure. Test results are usually received within 7-14 days, once ordered. Once tested, your oncologist will share your results with you and review the next steps for your treatment.