What is genetic testing?
Genetic testing is the use of medical tests to look for certain mutations in a person's genes. It can be used in many ways, and one of the main ways we use it at the UMC Southwest Cancer Center is to look for gene changes related to cancer.
Do I need genetic testing?
We don't do this kind of testing with just about anyone. We focus on testing those with a strong family history of certain cancers to see if they carry a gene mutation that increases their risk of cancer. For a person already diagnosed with cancer, testing might show if that person has a higher risk of some other cancers, especially if factors suggest the cancer might have been caused by an inherited mutation.
Our genetic testing process
The first step in genetic testing is to find out how likely you are to develop a certain disease. This risk is based on things like medical history and family history. You will be asked why you want to be tested.
To determine whether or not you should be tested you will need to provide as much detail about your family history as possible. Only those who meet the criteria will be referred to test. From there one of our counselors will meet with you and make sure you understand the test and want to continue to pursue it.
Genetic testing takes 30 minutes to an hour. We will call you back, and a physician will review your results with you.
To learn more about our genetic testing services call the UMC Southwest Cancer Center at 806.775.8600.