Why should I get tested if I already know I have a family history of cancer?
Knowing your family history is an important first step, but testing for a hereditary cancer risk gives you and your healthcare professional a more accurate picture of your risk, which enables the best choices to be made for preventive care.
Is testing recommended for everyone?
While testing is the most accurate way to determine your risk of hereditary cancer, if you have had cancer and/or cancer runs in your family, your primary physician may already direct or recommend that you get tested so that such health professional has a better understanding of any other potential health risks you may have. To decide if you might benefit from hereditary-cancer genetic testing, simply take the simple, 30-second Pathema GX Labs quiz. Based on the results, you can discuss your risk of cancer with your healthcare professional and ask for further evaluation.
How long does it take to get the test results?
The results will be sent to your trusted healthcare professional within 2-3 weeks of the day your sample arrives at the lab.
How do I know if my insurance plan covers genetic testing?
Most insurance carriers cover genetic-testing services for hereditary cancer. Although each case is unique, the average patient pays little to nothing out of pocket. You may contact your insurer and inquire.
Why should I get tested if already have cancer?
Testing for a hereditary cancer reveals your risk for developing a second primary cancer, thus helping your doctor determine the best type of preventive care. You can then make your family members aware of their hereditary risk as well.
How do I get tested?
First, ask your healthcare professional if testing is right for you. If so, and if approved by your doctor, your genetic testing kit will be sent to you by Priority Mail. Simply follow instructions on how to use the enclosed noninvasive Q-tip oral swab, then mail back your DNA specimen in the pre-paid package.
How do I receive my test results?
The results will be sent to your healthcare professional. Pathema GX labs can, however, give you (along with your physician) access to the education portal, which will help you understand the results. In many cases, a genetic counselor is provided if ordered by your doctor.