Pathogenic Testing

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Cancer

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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 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 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.

  • 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.

Cardio

  • Why should I get tested if I already know I have a family history of heart disease?

    Knowing your family history is an important first step, but testing can give you a more accurate picture of your risk for a hereditary cardiovascular disease. This helps you and your healthcare professional understand your risk so you can make the best choices for preventive care.

  • Why should I get tested if already have heart disease?

    Testing for a hereditary cardiovascular disease will enable you and your doctor to inform other members of your family about their risk of inheriting heart disease. This information can permit both you and family members make the best choices for preventive care.

  • Is testing recommended for everyone?

    While testing is the most accurate way to determine the risk of hereditary cardiovascular disease, only people who have heart disease in their family or their personal history need to be tested. If you have heart disease and/or it 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 determine if you could benefit from genetic testing for hereditary heart disease, simply take the simple 30-second Pathema GX Labs quiz. It will give you the information you need to discuss your risk of heart disease with your healthcare professional and to request further evaluation.

  • 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 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 cardiovascular disease. Although each case is unique, the average patient pays little to nothing out of pocket.

PGX

  • What is pharmacogenomics?

    Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your genes affect your response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that are tailored to your unique genetic makeup.

  • How do I get tested?

    Ask your healthcare professional if pharmacogenomics 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 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 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.

  • How do I know if my insurance plan covers genetic testing?

    Most insurance carriers cover genetic-testing services for pharmacogenomics. Although each case is unique, the average patient pays little to nothing out of pocket.