Genetic Testing - What to Expect
Genetic testing is a type of medical assessment that can rule out your chances of developing or passing on a hereditary disorder or condition, such as hereditary cancer. At Hereditary Cancer Support, our team of specialists work closely with individuals to asses their risk levels for developing hereditary cancer and what steps to take.
What to Expect at Your Genetic Consultation and Testing Appointment
Step 1: Consultation
Our knowledgeable team of genetic counselors works with individuals and their caregivers to discuss the genetic testing process and various outcomes, as well as provide information regarding hereditary cancer and treatment options that they can discuss with their physician.
Step 2: Testing
Once it has been established that genetic testing is an appropriate option, you will painlessly provide a small sample of DNA—either via blood or saliva. The sample will be sent directly to a genetic testing laboratory to be processed. The findings will then be sent back to your genetic counselor to be reviewed and interpreted based on your personal and/or family history of cancer. From there, you will have a follow-up appointment to discuss results.
Step 3: Discuss
If your test results indicate you carry a gene mutation that could increase your risk for developing cancer, your genetic counselor will collaborate with you to establish a support plan and next steps to reduce your chances of developing cancer. Please note: Even if your results test positive, this does not mean you have cancer; it means you carry the gene mutation that may increase your risk for developing certain types of cancers.