Testing for 50 Types of Cancer with One Blood Draw
Williams Integracare is proud to partner with GRAIL to offer their Multi-Cancer Early Detection blood test, Galleri™, in our clinic.
The test is recommended for adults with an elevated risk of cancer, such as those over the age of 50. Our nurse draws a blood sample and we direct the sample to GRAIL’s lab in California for evaluation.
At the lab, the sample is analyzed for small fragments of DNA in your bloodstream to determine if there are DNA fragments that may come from cancer cells. Results of the GRAIL lab analysis are sent back to your Williams Integracare provider for their review. Depending on the results and your other clinical risk factors, your provider can determine if follow-up testing is necessary at this time.
Beating cancer starts with knowing you have it. Because most types of cancer do not display symptoms until they are already in later stages where treatment options are limited – early detection is crucial.
As much as 71% of cancers deaths are caused by cancers not commonly screened for (ie. pancreas, ovarian, esophageal, liver/bile duct, to name a few). The Galleri™ test can detect many of these deadly, aggressive cancers for which no other screens exist today.
LIMITATIONS OF TESTING
The Galleri™ test is designed to detect cancer signals and predict where in the body the cancer signal is coming from. Though the test only relies on a blood sample, it does not test exclusively for blood cancers, but rather 50 types of cancer throughout the body.
False-positive (a cancer signal detected when cancer is not present) and false-negative (a cancer signal not detected when cancer is present) test results do occur. If test results do indicate the potential presence of cancer in your body, additional testing will be necessary to confirm this.
Where Do I Start?
Talk to your medical provider at Williams Integracare about your eligibility for Galleri cancer screening. Your provider can discuss with you in more detail the procedure, benefits, and qualifications for this type of testing. You can set up an appointment by calling (320) 251-2600 or requesting an appointment online.