Oncofocus

The world’s most comprehensive precision oncology test to identify the right drug for a person’s cancer to increase treatment success

Oncofocus Tumour Genetic Analysis

£1950

The Oncofocus test is covered by all leading health insurers

  • Personalised genetic profile for ​early and advanced stage disease
  • For all solid tumour types (except leukaemia)
  • Uses the histology/biopsy tissue sample from initial diagnosis
  • Results for patients and oncologists is available 15 working days from sample receipt
  • Free standard worldwide sample shipment and hospital return
  • Phone, chat and email support

The Oncofocus® precision oncology test generates a personalised genetic profile to help clinicians and oncologists identify the right targeted drug to increase treatment success.

It works by sequencing the DNA and RNA of an individual’s tumour to generate a personalised genetic profile (blueprint) and incorporates the most up to date genomic information linked to targeted therapies.

Oncofocus® targets 505 genes with actionable genetic mutations linked to 700 anti-cancer targeted therapies or treatments in clinical trials.

What are targeted therapies

Targeted therapies are drugs that kill cancer cells but do not affect normal cells compared with chemotherapy which kills cancer and normal cells. Targeted cancer therapies are the form of personalised medicine that uses information about a person’s DNA profile to help treat your cancer.

Targeted therapy vs chemotherapy

Targeted therapies are much more effective than chemotherapy because they are designed to

  • Specifically hit the target mutations present only in cancer cells
  • Normal cells are unaffected by the treatment
  • Toxic side effects are minimised

Every persons cancer is unique

Every person’s tumour is unique because each person acquires different cancer DNA mutations during development of their disease. Today there are 700 drugs which target each of these DNA mutation types.

The Oncofocus Test can be used for all Cancers, including:

Early Cancers

Oncofocus cancer test can help identify optimal treatment options following initial diagnosis. This helps avoid costs and side effects from potentially ineffective drugs.

Widespread Advanced Cancers

The Oncofocus cancer test can identify a broad range of additional therapeutic options for patients who have exhausted conventional treatments such as chemotherapy.

Rare or Unknown Cancers

Treatment decisions for rare unknown cancers are challenging for your oncologist because of a lack of established therapeutic protocols. The Oncofocus test is ideally suited for the analysis of such cases enabling the precise matching of these tumours to the most appropriate therapy.

Difficult to Treat Cancers

The Oncofocus test can be used for re-testing to identify new genetic changes acquired following relapse and allow the new mutations to be directly matched to a new set of targeted therapies.

Our DNA genetic cancer test can help guide your doctors on whether you are able to join a clinical trial. The genetic data from a clinical trial may be used in your individual care, improving the health services you and others receive and further research.

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Is the Oncofocus test applicable to my cancer type?

Oncofocus is applicable to all tumour types except leukaemia.

If I have cancer, why have a genetic cancer test?

For individuals diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing can help your doctors determine the best type of targeted therapies and avoid more toxic chemotherapy. Genetic cancer testing can give your relatives information about their cancer risk

Are Oncologica’s genetic cancer tests the same as the ones offered by the NHS?

Yes, our genetic cancer tests use the same technology as those offered through the NHS. However the NHS is under significant strain due to the pandemic and its effect on cancer services. Cancer survival rates in the UK are set to reach their lowest in 15 years, with 3 million people missing routine cancer screening appointments during the pandemic – a service which normally diagnoses around 400 cancers a week. The disruption to cancer services has resulted in a backlog in cancer screening of 3-6 months of delays to treatment.
Concerns over delays means Oncologica’s cancer tumour genetic profiling can help provide a genetic tumour blueprint for you and your doctors to aid medicine treatment choices.

How do I order the Oncofocus test?

Ordering can be requested by patients via our website or by completing our test request form and patient consent forms which are submitted to our Oncofocus Clinical Admin Team after a preliminary initial discussion appointment request with them.

What does the Oncofocus test include?

Oncofocus and Immunofocus tests include the courier costs, to ensure the samples are delivered safely and quickly, a telephone consultation with our Doctor once you have your results, and ongoing supplementary reports as requested by patients.

How long does it take to get Oncofocus test results?

Once a patients sample has been booked inside our lab, the test process takes up to 15 working days. This excludes weekends and bank holidays.

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A friend recommends you as her mother is surviving advanced lung cancer on your treatment plus NHS drugs, so I hope we can do the same. She is convinced you have extended her mother’s life.

Oncologica®Ltd is a great company who look more in depth into cancerous tumours and identify what treatments will work with your unique tumour type. They have been amazing and anyone who is going through cancer treatment, you need to look at this company.

My wife is now on a targeted therapy programme rather than chemo or radiation. She is doing great, you helped save her life, thanks

Having exhausted standard therapy for my stage 4 bowel cancer, Oncologica® identified a targeted immunotherapy, which would work on my rare genotype. After just 4 weeks of treatment, I have gone from being bedbound to swimming, walking and fully enjoying all that life has to offer again. I am truely grateful.

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Genetic cancer risk 5-10% of all cancer is due to a genetic fault (mutation) which can be inherited. Families with an inherited mutation can benefit from cancer risk screening. Families with an increased risk of cancer often show one of the following clues:
• Several relatives with the same or linked types of cancer
• Relatives diagnosed at particularly young ages (before 50)
• Several affected generations
• Individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple cancers
Cancers which can be linked in some families are Breast, ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, Bowel, womb and stomach cancers.

DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) contains the genetic instructions in all living things. DNA is made up of two strands that form a double helix. A DNA strand has four different bases arranged in different orders. These bases are T (thymine), A (adenine), C (cytosine), and G (guanine). DNA is “read” by the order of the bases, Ts, Cs, Gs, and As. The specific order, or sequence, of these bases determines the exact information carried in each gene (e.g., instructions for making a specific protein).

Oncology is the study of cancer. An Oncologist is a doctor who treats cancer and provides medical care for a person diagnosed with cancer.

Targeted therapy is Treatment that targets specific genes, proteins, or other molecules that contribute to cancer growth and survival.

Mutations All cancers begin when one or more genes in a cell mutate. A mutation is a change. It creates an abnormal protein. Or it may prevent a protein’s formation. Mutations happen often and may be beneficial, harmful, or neutral. Typically, the body corrects most mutations. A single mutation will likely not cause cancer. Usually, cancer occurs from multiple mutations over a lifetime. That is why cancer occurs more often in older people.

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For Patients

The Oncofocus® cancer test allows your clinician to accurately identify the best treatment for your cancer.

Oncofocus® may be requested by your hospital, doctor or oncologist. If your doctor is not aware of this test option, our patient consultants can guide you and suggest the best option to present Oncofocus® to your doctor to get an Oncofocus® test in your country.

For Clinicians

As a clinician, you will have a powerful tool to optimise therapy choices and improve patient outcomes.

As a clinician you can register and request a test today. If you need more information or have any questions about the Oncofocus® cancer test you can also request a consultation with our Oncologica® Support team.

Dr David Fenelly

MD FRCPI ESMO

Former: Consultant Medical Oncologyst St Vincent’s University Hospital (SVUH); St Luke’s Hospital, National Maternity Hospital; St. Vincent’s Private Hospital; and Blackrock Clinic, Dublin; Member of International Advisory Board of Oneview Ltd. and Oneview Healthcare PLC; Member Director Centre for Colorectal Disease of SVUH;

Member of American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Society of Medical Oncology and Irish Society of Medical Oncology; Fellow of Royal College of Physicians; Formerly: Member of Breast and Gynaecological Cancer; Post Graduate Training from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre.

Prof Umberto Tirelli

MD

Former: Consultant Medical Oncologyst National Cancer Institute Aviano; Specialist in Oncology, Hematology and Infectious Diseases; “Commendatore” of the Italian Republic, awarded by the President of the Republic for scientific merit; co-founder and VP of the Associazione Scientifica Galileo 2001; Member of the Technical Scientific Board (CTS) at Centro di Riferimento Oncologico (CRO) in Aviano, Istituto Nazionale Tumori; Assigned to the Scientific Council of AIN (Associazione Italiana Nucleare) on nuclear power; Former President of AIMAC (Cancer Patients Italian Association) and now part of the Scientific Council;

Formerly appointed by the Italian Minister of Health as member of the National Oncology Commission; Member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the American Society of Hematology (ASH),and the International Immune-compromised Host Society (IHS); Member of the Scientific Committee of the AIOTE (Italian Association of oncology of the elderly);

Task Force Member (EORTC – European Org for Research and Treatment of Cancer) – Cancer in the elderly; Member of National Academy of Medicine for medical oncology (AIOM);  Environmental Comm. Committee mmber appointed by the Minister of the Environment.

Prof Daniele Generali

MD

Former: Consultant Medical Oncologyst, Azienda Istituti Ospitalieri, Cremona and Prof of Medical Oncology, Trieste Univ; Former Prof of Molecular Oncology, Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford Univ. Member of the Board of European Commission for initiative on Breast Cancer; Director of the Unit of Molecular Therapy and Pharmacogenomics, Azienda Istituti Ospitalieri, Cremona; Clinical Director of the Italian Red Cross, Cremona Section; Scientific Director of the Association of Research in Oncology Onlus, Cremona.

I would just like to thank you all for your help, support and professionalism this year, I contacted you after my recurrence of breast cancer, everything was explained to me in detail and I decided to go ahead with the test, I am so glad I did, every one I dealt with was so kind and encouraging, I was very scared about the journey ahead of me. The promptness of all the team was amazing my biopsy was collected quickly and I was contacted by Sarah constantly with updates on what was happening. As soon as the tests were completed I was sent the report with a follow up telephone call from the Doctor who talked me through it, he said he would be available to answer any further questions.

I showed the report to my hospital. Doctors and they were impressed with the information gathered and I am on the drugs recommended in my report and I have been really well with no side effects. Thank you all again.

I would like to pass not only my, but my father’s, gran’s and entire family and friends appreciation to not only Oncologica® but to you directly. Sarah, you went above and beyond what was expected, you took a personal interest and gave huge support. Your tone was always polite and you helped to listen to myself during the emotional moments when speaking. The hope you as a person gave and the encouragement, helped when I had to mount the challenge on behalf of my mother and father. Myself and my father agreed before taking to Oncologica® that as long as we tried all avenues and did everything we could for my late mother, this would be the only way we could coped.

Without yourself and Oncologica® we would not have been able to achieve the goal. My late mother took hope, encouragement and huge amounts of mental positively from the work but more importantly the personal touch you gave. As a person your indirect support helped my late mother. A person who didn’t praise health professionals easily due to career in the NHS and private sector. She praised you from the information, hope and personal feel you gave. You helped to give her peace of mind and know all options were looked into. I can’t sum up our, my feelings as they hold you in the highest regard. Perhaps, to say you have our eternal gratitude summons it all.

I just wanted to get in touch to thank you and the whole team at Oncologica® for the reports you did for my Dad. Despite a very poor prognosis, following the advice in the Oncologica® reports he has been receiving an immunotherapy drug under Dr Fennelly in St Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin, since the early spring and is now in much better health. The latest scans show a significant reduction in the size of the main tumour and a stagnation in the growth of secondary tumours. He is no longer in significant pain and is able to enjoy day to day life again. Thank you all for your hard work, we really appreciate it.

After being diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer my mothers only treatment option on the NHS was chemo therapy. The doctors gave her 6 months without treatment and only 9 with treatment but her quality of life would have been awful if undergoing chemo therapy.

After finding Oncologica® their help, advice and support have been second to none. Their ground breaking analysis and treatment options enabled my mother to undergo immunotherapy which has successfully reduced the size of her tumour and thankfully she is still with us over 2 years later. This would have not been possible without Oncologica®!

Without Oncologica® we do believe that my mother would no longer be with us but through them and their continued support she is still hear and enjoying her life with us and able to watch her grand children grow and play. We cannot thank Oncologica® enough for everything they have done and their continued support and cannot recommend them highly enough.” Many, many thanks from the whole family.

Karan Jensen was diagnosed in 2017, aged 48 with cervical cancer. Karan ordered the Oncofocus® Test to identify additional treatment options and shares her story here in the following Q&A.

How did your diagnosis come about?

I had been having regular smear tests, but then one came back with irregular cells and the doctor asked to see me in 6 months time. We were moving, so I delayed going back, but when I did get to the doctors, they ended up doing a biopsy. Within 2 weeks I was diagnosed with Stage 2B cervical cancer with lymph node involvement.

What happened after you were diagnosed?

Treatment was started to cure my cancer. I had four cycles of chemotherapy plus 32 sessions of radiotherapy.

Did this treatment work?

Unfortunately, the tumour did not change with this type of chemotherapy, so I then started on alternative therapies.

Did the second round of treatment work?

I was meant to have six sessions of this chemotherapy, but after three, I had a scan and found out that the tumour had grown. I was told that there was no point continuing treatment as my cancer was incurable, and to go home and get things in order.

Did you experience any side effects of chemotherapy?

During chemotherapy, I was hospitalised four times with infections and neutropenic sepsis. The chemotherapy also caused swelling of my legs (lymphoedema), and my kidneys had been damaged so that I had to have a nephrostomy bag attached to collect urine.

How did you feel when they told you that you cancer was incurable?

I have an 11-year-old son, so I was not going to give up and did some research online on the best treatments for my cancer.

What did you find searching online?

I found out about the Oncofocus®® cancer test by Oncologica® on their website and got in touch.

Was it easy getting the Oncofocus® test done?

It cost £2000 but it was an easy decision to make. I just had to fill in a few forms and Oncologica® did all the work to get the biopsy from my hospital.

What were the results of the Oncofocus® test?

The test quickly came back that my tumour was exceptionally high in a protein called PD-L1, so it would respond really well to immunotherapy, which works by boosting a person’s immune system to help it recognise and fight cancer cells.

What happened when you knew the results of the test?

The treatment that the test recommended was not available on the NHS so my oncologist contacted Christie Hospital in Manchester, which was part of the PROCLAIM-CX-072 clinical trial that is investigating an experimental drug that targets PD-L1.
I was very sick at this stage, and the doctors were not sure that I would be well enough to get into the trial. As my levels of PD-L1 were so high, however, they thought they had to give me the opportunity.

Was this new treatment successful?

I was meant to have four sessions of CX-072 plus ipilumumab every 3 weeks, plus CX-072 maintenance therapy for a year. Although the treatment was not as bad as chemotherapy and I did not lose any hair, it still made me feel very poorly. After the third session, I developed a bad reaction and the level of some of my white blood cells that fight infection, neutrophils, plummeted and could not be restored to normal. It was therefore too risky to continue the treatment.
The good news was that a scan in March this year showed that the new therapy had reduced the tumour by 50%.

Are you still receiving treatment?

Even though the treatment has stopped, my immune system has taken over and is fighting the tumour. I am scanned every 2 months, and every time my tumour reduces by a further 0.5% to 1%. Last week I had another scan, and it had reduced by 3% and I feel better today than I have over the past 3 years.

What are your thoughts on the Oncofocus® test?

If I had had the test before receiving chemotherapy, this would have saved the NHS a load of money giving me a treatment that did not work and putting me through so much. I continue to need a nephrostomy bag due to the damage done by chemotherapy, which needs changing once a week and the tubes replaced in hospital every 3 months.

What is happening now?

We are now at the ‘watch and wait’ stage. However, as I have had such a good response to the immunotherapy and feel so much better, I can have more treatment if needed in the future. The swelling in my leg has gone down and I can now wear my shoes and move around normally again. I was so sick that I did not think that I would see last Christmas. Now I will get to experience Christmas again this year.

I was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in March 2018. I started radiotherapy, which worked well. The tumour then started to cause a build up of fluid in my abdomen, which chemotherapy helped to reduce. However, when the first line chemotherapy stopped working after 5 months and then the second line chemotherapy failed to work at all, the fluid returned and I had two stays in hospital to help drain it.

Having exhausted standard therapy and become bedbound, I found out about the Oncofocus® Test from an online search. The overall process from submitting the form to Test results was easy and rapid. The company called to talk me through the process and to explain the results of the Test, and also took care of the logistics of collecting the sample from the hospital. It turned out that I have a rare cancer mutation and was lucky to have had a response at all to the initial chemotherapy.

I had a remarkably effective and rapid response to the drugs that the Test recommended for my cancer mutation. After just 2 weeks of treatment, my abdomen returned to normal size. After 4 weeks of treatment, I was swimming, walking and fully enjoying all that life has to offer again. I am truly grateful for the significant improvement in quality of life I experienced, especially as I had no side effects from the new drugs. The extra months that this gave me meant that I had further quality time with my family and could prepare them better for life without me.

A father of two with terminal cancer has been given new hope after being offered a free pioneering test to help find alternative treatments.

Mick Weldon, 38, from Cambourne, has a rare form of stomach cancer which is resistant to conventional forms of treatment.

In April, the News reported on Mick’s efforts to crowdfund enough money to cover the cost of analysis of new treatments.

After reading his story, Cambridge-based research company Oncologica® approached Mick to offer a ground-breaking test for free.

Mick was first admitted to hospital in December 2015 with a suspected ruptured ulcer, only to be later diagnosed with a cancer that had spread to his abdomen, liver, and surrounding organs.

Doctors found that Mick had a rare subset of Stage 4 GIST stomach cancer called wild type SDH deficient, which is incurable, but could be held at bay by new drugs.

Normally costing around £1,500, Mick under went an Oncofocus® test, which has been developed to detect every mutation linked to every drug and applicable to all tumour types.

Oncologica® claim that the test can identify specific treatment options in 85 to 90 per cent of patients.

Mick’s results show that a certain protein, PDL-1, expressed by his tumours, was acting as a ‘cloaking agent’ and effectively hiding the tumour from his immune system.

He now hopes his crowdfunding efforts will help to finance three cycles of anti-PDL-1 drugs.

“I’ve gone from having no options to a lot of options,” he said. “I’m amazingly positive. I’ve gone from a place where I had no hope to where I have a viable option. We’re all really upbeat.”

Mick hopes new treatments will give him more time to spend with his wife Emma and daughters Charlie, 17, and Rebecca, 15.

He previously said: “No one prepares for their own death, no wife wants to stand by and watch her once proud strong husband slowly degrade, and I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it must be for two beautiful young ladies to watch the father they have looked up to for as long as they have known slowly slip away.”

If Mick is able to secure the funding for his three cycles of drugs he hopes the evidence gathered will benefit other cancer patients.

“The NHS needs evidence,” he said. “We have to prove these drugs are viable.”

“I’d like to be in a position to start up a database where people can find this information where people can look up their options.”

He also remains realistic about how any new drugs will help his condition, but very thankful to the support of Oncologica®.

“Even if this fails, at least something is being done and I’m not just waiting to die,” Mick said.

“[Oncologica®] are absolutely amazing people. It buoyed me up. Until that point I was coming to the end of conventional treatment.”

Dr Marco Loddo, co-founder and scientific director at Oncologica®, said: “We saw the article and learnt about Mick’s story and in particular that his tumour type was quite rare and found out that he had exhausted all treatment options on the NHS.

“We hoped that we might be able to help with our tests. We’re happy to help.”

Oncologica® is a precision oncology services laboratory and contract research organisation founded in 2014.

Its Oncofocus® test aims to help encourage a move away from toxic non-specific cancer treatments to the use of the new generation of biological anti-cancer agents called targeted therapies.

Targeted therapies specifically hit cancer cells and not the normal cells of the body. They are said to be more effective than chemotherapy because patients are spared severe toxic side effects such as hair loss, infections, anaemia, gut toxicity and fatigue.

Professor Gareth Williams, co-founder and medical director, said: “What we are doing is to optimise the treatment pathway to provide a roadmap and that can have huge benefits for patients. You can avoid all the toxicity issues.”