Genetic Cancer Testing
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Genetic testing is a type of medical test that identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. The results of a genetic test can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on a genetic disorder.”
National Guidelines show approximately 5% - 10% of all cancers are thought to be caused by mutations in genes associated with hereditary cancer syndromes.
PRN is conducting an observational study with the objective of collecting information on how the results of hereditary genetic cancer testing is used to help pursue preventative measures and or other early testing for cancer. In other words, how does the genetic test results help you and your doctor screen better and earlier for cancer.
To qualify for this study, you will have to have had a genetic cancer test within the last 90 days. The study realizes that not many people have had this, so they are offering to submit this test on your behalf if you meet ‘medical necessity’. The testing will be billed to your insurance. As part of your participation in this observational study, the lab will work with your insurance to reduce any financial hardship to you. This means that you should not have to pay for any residual cost that insurance may not cover.
The genetic test involves only a swab of your cheek. We do this in our office. A phone conversation with a genetic counselor will be scheduled with you prior to your sample being submitted. This counselor is an expert in genetic testing. This counselor will review your history and determine if there should be further testing on specific genes. Once this has been determined, we will submit your sample and the results will be received in about 30-45 days. If there are any genes that are positive you will be connected back to the genetic counselor to review them in detail and what measures, you can take. If your results are negative, you will receive a letter from the genetic counselor confirming this. These results and the genetic counselor’s report will be shared with your primary care provider.
Would you be interested in further screening to see if you qualify to participate? Click here to schedule a phone screening appointment.