Genetic Testing

This testing is done to find many different types of diseases that have abnormal genetics. The testing can be very expensive and is often not covered by insurance. Your caregiver will let you know why the testing is being done and the value of the testing to you. You can then discuss with your caregiver whether or not to proceed with the testing. This test will look for breast cancer genes that may be identified in a person who may have an increased chance for breast cancer. It is also good for colon cancer genetic testing, cardiovascular disease testing, Tay-Sachs disease testing (development of mental retardation in the first few months of life), cystic fibrosis genetic testing.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

There is no preparation for this test.

NORMAL FINDINGS

No genetic mutation.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.