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What is genetic testing?

Genetic testing identifies changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins. There are more than 1000 genetic tests available, and more are being developed. Genetic testing can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing a medical condition or passing it on to their children or grandchildren.

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What are the types of genetic testing?

Molecular genetic tests (or gene tests) study single genes or short lengths of DNA to identify variations or mutations that lead to a genetic disorder.

Chromosomal genetic tests analyze whole chromosomes or long lengths of DNA to see if there are large genetic changes, such as an extra copy of a chromosome, which cause a genetic condition.

Biochemical genetic tests study the amount or activity level of proteins; abnormalities in either can indicate changes to the DNA that result in a genetic disorder.

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Should all my patients have genetic testing?

Dr. Drew say’s – Not necessarily. Genetic testing is voluntary and should be done for patients who are concerned about their family history and its potential impact on their or their family’s health. The decision to have testing is a personal one since there are social and emotional aspects of testing.

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What does a positive test mean?

A positive result can direct a person toward available prevention, monitoring, and treatment options. 

It may confirm a diagnosis It may indicate that a person is a carrier of a particular genetic mutationIt may identify an increased risk of developing a disease (such as cancer) in the futureIt may suggest a need for further testing. A positive test result may also have implications for certain blood relatives of the person undergoing testing. It is important to note that a positive result of a predictive or presymptomatic genetic test usually cannot establish the exact risk of developing a disorder. A positive result cannot be used to predict the course or severity of a condition.

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What does a negative result mean?

A negative result can eliminate the need for unnecessary checkups and screening tests in some cases. A negative test result means that the laboratory did not find a change in the gene, chromosome, or protein under consideration. This result can indicate that a person is not affected by a particular disorder, is not a carrier of a specific genetic mutation, or does not have an increased risk of developing a certain disease. It is possible, however, that the test missed a disease-causing genetic alteration because many tests cannot detect all genetic changes that can cause a particular disorder. Further testing may be required to confirm a negative result.

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Is genetic testing covered by health insurance?

In many cases, health insurance plans will cover the costs of genetic testing when it is recommended by a person’s doctor.

Health insurance providers have different policies about which tests are covered, however. Medicare typically covers genetic tests only when a beneficiary has signs or symptoms that can be further clarified by diagnostic testing. Medicare also covers some genetic tests that assess an individual’s ability to metabolize certain drugs.

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Are genetic tests accurate?

All genetic testing is subject to federal regulatory standards called the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) or even stricter state requirements. By controlling the quality of laboratory practices, CLIA standards are designed to ensure the analytical validity of genetic tests by the following measures:

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Genetic Testing

The future of your healthcare may be found in your past.

Your  Family History matters to your future healthcare

Science, technology and healthcare advanced to the point where your family genetics may hold the key to unlocking your health predispositions and the knowledge along with early detection can be life saving. Oncology Guard specializes in providing talking points between you and your healthcare provider. Many of these breakthroughs are not widely understood, and you healthcare provider may need a nudge in this direction, but we are here to help start the conversation. 

The field of genetics are expanding rapidly!

Doctors, Researchers and BioTech leaders all believe genetics holds the keys to diagnostic protocols and early prevention. Using technology and predisposition software can increase the patient success outcomes!

We’ve had rapid advances in our understanding of inherited heart conditions, as well as technological advances that have expanded our ability to look at more genes, and look at them faster, and look at them cheaper.

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Genetic Predisposition Testing

PARKINSONS 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with coordination.

ALZHEIMERS 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A progressive disease that destroys memory and other important mental functions.

DEMENTIA 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A group of conditions characterized by impairment of at least two brain functions.

DIABETES 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A chronic health condition that affects how your body turns food into energy.

CANCER 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A disease in which abnormal cells divide uncontrollably and destroy body tissue.

PGx 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

Pharmacogenetics or (PGx) is the effect genetics play in reactions to drugs.

MYOPATHY 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

Any disease that affects the muscles that control voluntary movement in the body.

CARDIOMYOPATHY 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

A disease of the heart that makes it harder for your heart to pump blood to your body.

ATRIAL FIBRILLATION 
PREDISPOSITION TESTING

Occurs when the two upper chambers of your heart experience chaotic signals.

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