Cancer and Immunosuppressive PGx Test Panel

Cancer and Immunosuppressive PGx Test Panel


Many of anti-cancer medications are under influence of genetics. Standard chemotherapy may eradicate for example breast cancer in some of affected individuals but work less effectively in others. Genetic make-up of individuals may explain the differences in drug response. In addition to cancer medications, pharmacogenetics may have implications for immunosuppressive medications. Precision prescribing of immunosuppressive medications such as tacrolimus can help with management of transplant recipients.


Anti-Cancer and immunosuppressive medications

Medication Gene
Thiopurines (azathioprine, mercaptopurine, thioguanine) TPMT
Methotrexate MTHFR
Tamoxifen, Gefitinib, Tropisteron CYP2D6
Alloourinol HLA-B* 5801
Tacrolimus, Cyclosporine, Sirolimus CYP3A4, CYP3A5


Frequency of Cytochrome P450 (CYP2D6) Metabolizer Types in the population

Cytochrome Poor metabolizer Intermediate metabolizer Normal metabolizer Rapid or ultra-rapid metabolizer
CYP2D6 4-7% 9-35% 50-90% 2-3%


Drug To Drug Interaction

For drug-drug interactions, please go to Flockhart Table ™


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