What is genetic testing?
During your cancer risk assessment, the genetic counselor will discuss whether genetic testing is an option for you or your family to consider. Genetic testing involves analyzing a blood sample for specific changes in the DNA, or genetic information. The decision to have genetic testing is a personal choice that can be made during the genetic counseling appointment or at a future date.
Is genetic testing recommended for all patients?
Genetic testing is available for some families with a strong family history of certain types of cancer. During your cancer risk assessment, we will help you decide if genetic testing is right for you or your family. It is best for a family’s genetic testing to start with a family member who has had cancer or a precancerous condition that suggests susceptibility to cancer. The genetic counselor will discuss who in your family is the best candidate for genetic testing.
Will I need to fast before my blood draw for genetic testing?
No. There is no special preparation before you have your blood drawn for genetic testing. Patients typically have one to two tubes of blood drawn for testing. The genetic counselor will explain the process of genetic testing before you have your blood drawn to answer any of your questions and concerns.
How accurate is genetic testing?
Once a genetic test is determined to be appropriate for you or your family, the genetic counselor will cover your test's sensitivity to detecting genetic changes.
How much does genetic testing cost?
The cost ranges from $350-$4,000 or more, based on the specific test ordered. The genetic counselor will determine the specific genetic test that is recommended for you and discuss the cost of testing prior to ordering any genetic testing. Some insurance companies cover the cost of genetic testing.
How long will it take to get my genetic test results?
At the time of your blood draw, the genetic counselor will discuss with you the estimated length of time it will take the lab to analyze your sample. The range is usually from four weeks to three months. We will make an appointment for you to return at the appropriate time to discuss your genetic test results.