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Information for Veterans, families and caregivers:
Veteran, Pat McGuire, talks about his experience with genetic testing.
The VA has a new program called PHASER, that offers genetic testing to tell us how your body responds to about thirty commonly used medicines. Although you might not be on one of these medicines now, we know that half of patients will be given one of those medicines in the next three years.
Test results can help your doctor decide what is the right medicine and dose, which could reduce your treatment time and side effects. The test results for this one-time blood test, are stored in your patient chart, so your doctor will have access to the results when needed. If you have questions or are interested, please talk with your doctor so they can order the PHASER test.
Aug 08, 2019, "Genomic Analysis of Metastatic Solid Tumors in Veterans: Findings from the VHA National Precision Oncology Program," avialable online at http://ascopubs.org/journal/po.