Panels to Consider

In most cases, you will work closely with your healthcare provider to determine which tests are right for you. There are many panels to choose from, but your testing can be narrowed to select panels that you and your physician feel are right for you. For instance, your physician will determine if a full hereditary cancer panel, an internist panel, or a BRCA 1 & BRCA 2 panel will make sense based on your personal or family history. Most common testing is a full hereditary panel, which tests as many as 106 genes associated with higher risk cancers, heart disease, and your body's response to certain medications.

Cancer Genetic Screening

Many common cancers are considered "hereditary." Hereditary cancers are caused by gene mutations that people are born with; passed down to them from either their mother or their father. Laboratory tests performed with a simple saliva mouth swab can analyze a person's genes to determine if they carry an inherited mutation in a gene associated with an increased risk for cancer. Genetic testing in people already diagnosed with cancer can also determine if their cancer was caused by an inherited mutation.

Cancer Screening may be used to:
  • Find out whether there is a higher risk for certain cancers
  • Determine if you carry an inherited mutation in a gene that is associated with risk for cancer
  • Identify if the cancer was caused by an inherited mutation (If you have had cancer)
Medicare, Medicaid, and some Medicare Advantage PPO plans will cover the test at little to no cost up until you are 80 years old. Consult with your healthcare provider or with one of our specialists for more details.

Pharmacogenetic Screening

Pharmacogenetics is the study of how genes affect the body's response to certain medications or other environmental factors that may cause bad side effects. Genes carry information that determines your unique traits, such as height and eye color. Your genes can also affect how safe and effective a particular drug could be for you. Your health care provider will see which medications will work well for you, and which could be potentially harmful or dangerous before you start taking them. It basically becomes a cheat sheet for your doctor, and in turn your doctor can make a very personalized treatment plan to help keep you healthy.

Testing is actually more convenient than you may think. It's typically completed using an oral collection swab to gather saliva or by gathering blood. If blood work is necessary, we send a licensed phlebotomist, at your convenience, to your home (or a place of your choosing). The appointment should only take about 20-25 minutes, and you’ll get the results back within just a couple weeks.

Pharmacogenetic testing may be used to:

  • Find out whether a certain medication could be effective or not
  • Determine what dosage will be best for you
  • Predict whether there will be serious side effects from a medication

PGX testing is easy, convenient and is covered by Medicare, some Medicaid, and Medicare Advantage PPO plans with little to no out-of-pocket cost. Keep in mind that not all medications are available for tests. Consult with your healthcare provider or one of our specialists for more details.

Carrier Screening

Carrier screening is recommended by OBGYNs for all women who are considering pregnancy or are currently pregnant, regardless of whether or not there is a history of genetic diseases in the family. Carrier testing is used to determine if partners are carriers for certain recessive genetic diseases and the likelihood of those diseases being passed down to their child.

Common genetic diseases that are detected by carrier screening include; 

Spinal muscular atrophy: a genetic disorder characterized by weakness and wasting (atrophy) in muscles used for movement (skeletal muscles);

Cystic fibrosis: an inherited disorder that causes severe damage to the lungs, digestive system and other organs in the body.

Fragile X syndrome: a genetic condition that causes a range of developmental problems including learning disabilities and cognitive impairment and is the most common cause of intellectual disability

Thalassemia: an inherited blood disorder in which the body makes an abnormal form of hemoglobin. The disorder results in excessive destruction of red blood cells, which leads to anemia, with varying severity based on the type of thalassemia. 

Tay-Sachs disease: a rare inherited disorder that progressively destroys nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.

More than 80% of children with a genetic disease are born to parents with no family history of the disease.

Carrier testing may be used to:

  • Establish and identify recessive genes linked to disease
  • Calculate probability of genetic diseases being passed down
  • Inform family members or healthcare providers of severity and risk

Carrier screening is easy, convenient, and is covered by most commercial and private health care insurance plans with little to no out-of-pocket cost. Consult with your healthcare provider or one of our specialists for more details.

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