Get access to leading lung cancer treatments and advanced molecular tumor testing at UCHealth. We offer some of the most sophisticated molecular tests and one of the broadest ranges of clinical trials for new treatments of lung cancer.

Screening for genetic issues

Advanced molecular testing screens tumors for genetic problems that can be targeted with specific drugs.

We offer participation in clinical trials, including experimental targeted lung cancer therapy for ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer. Our affiliate, the University of Colorado Cancer Center, serves as the lead site for the nationwide Lung Cancer Mutation Consortium—a collaboration of 14 of the nation’s elite lung cancer programs—which offers free molecular tumor testing for certain subtypes of lung cancer.

As part of your physician visit, this testing helps match your specific type of lung cancer to the targeted treatment that best fits your situation.

Tumor testing services

Choose UCHealth for lung tumor testing with or without cancer consultation, or get a second opinion from our cancer professionals.

  • Tumor testing with cancer consultation – At our Lung Cancer Clinic on the Anschutz Medical Campus, our expert lung cancer physicians guide you through your diagnosis and treatment options, including advanced tumor testing.
  • Tumor testing without cancer consultation – Advanced molecular testing through our UCHealth partner laboratory, Colorado Molecular Correlates (CMOCO), can determine if a lung tumor is positive for a variety of gene problems, including ALK (anaplastic lymphoma kinase).

Before sending your information to us:

  • Talk to your doctor about having your tumor tested at UCHealth
  • Consider that tumor testing does not include a detailed explanation of results; interpretation requires a visit with our lung cancer physicians
  • Contact your health insurer for information about whether tumor testing is covered by your policy
  • Be prepared to pay the costs for tumor testing that are not covered by insurance
How to submit tumor specimens for testing without consultation

Call us at 720-848-0300 for a CMOCO lab request form between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complete the form and send it with the following information:

  • Clinician/oncologist contact information – Name, phone number, fax number, NPI number
  • Patient billing information – Demographic information (only if self-pay) and insurance information, if your insurance will be billed for the test
  • Tumor specimen – Clearly identified tumor specimen fixed in buffered formalin and associated pathology report
  • Ten unstained slides with associated pathology report

NOTE: Decalcified specimens (bone biopsies) are not acceptable for FISH testing.

Mailing address

University of Colorado School of Medicine
12801 E. 17th Avenue, Campus Box 8104
R1-South, L18-5101
Aurora, CO 80045

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