Blue Ridge Cancer Care provides in-depth cancer risk assessment for individuals with a significant personal and/or family history of cancer. Although genetic testing cannot predict whether a patient will actually develop cancer, understanding the risk of developing the disease can be an important step in prevention.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is genetic testing?
Today, tests are available that can detect certain gene mutations. Genetic testing can determine if you have or do not have a hereditary predisposition that may put you at higher risk of developing cancer before any symptoms appear.
What are the benefits of genetic testing?
• Opportunity to reduce the risk of cancer and save lives.
• Early detection, which increases the chance of a successful outcome.
• Knowledge regarding ones cancer risk can help make medical and lifestyle choices.
• Information can be shared with family members, so they too can benefit and make choices about their health.
Why is genetic testing important?
Although genetic testing cannot predict whether you will actually develop cancer, understanding your risk of developing the disease can be an important step in making medical and lifestyle decisions that can help prevent cancer or about getting regular screenings that can detect cancer early, when it is most treatable.
What happens during the test?
While the actual test involves a simple blood draw and lab analysis, the pre- and post-consultation with your healthcare team is a key component of your cancer risk assessment. These consultations will prepare you for the pre-test interview, which involves a comprehensive family cancer history, and the post-test results discussion regarding the cancer risk options you have.
What happens after the test?
After the test results return from the lab, we will review the results with you and address your cancer risk options, which may include closer medical observation, more frequent test and therapy prevention, among others. Furthermore, as your life/needs change over time, so should your plan and our dedicated team will be with you every step of the way.
Will insurance cover genetic testing?
HIPAA protects patient privacy and prohibits health insurance providers from discrimination based on genetic information. Most laboratories determine coverage prior to testing and because the pre- and post-consultation is with a physician, most patients do have coverage. Our Benefit Specialists can help with this process and answer any questions you might have regarding coverage.