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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 of cancer. Most common testing is a full hereditary panel, which tests as many as 106 genes associated with higher risk cancers, respiratory diseases, and your body's response to certain medications.  

 Testing is actually more convenient than you may think. We send your genetic screening kit straight to your home and it's typically completed using an oral or nasal collection swab to gather a small sample, You have the option of completing your oral or nasal swab in the comfort of your own home or with the assistance of your physician at their office, whichever you prefer.

 
 

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 your genes to determine if you carry an inherited mutation in a gene associated with an increased risk for cancer. If you have already been diagnosed with cancer, genetic testing can also determine if your cancer was caused by an inherited mutation. Gain more knowledge and information about how this test can improve your health and well-being by visiting our in-depth Cancer Genetics Test page.

Cancer Screening may be used to:

  • Find out whether you have 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 your cancer was caused by an inherited mutation (If you have had cancer)
  • Genetic cancer screening is easy and non-invasive. Medicare, Medicare Advantage, and some commercial PPO plans will cover the test at little to no cost up until you are 80 years old in most cases. Consult with one of our specialists for more details. Electing for purchase of genetic testing out-of-pocket can provide cost-savings for you if your particular insurance plan doesn't cover your test.

     
     

    Respiratory Screening

    Respiratory Pathogen Panel (RPP) screening analyzes genetic material that is found within pathogens of viral and bacterial infections that affect respiratory health and can lead to long-term respiratory diseases. RPP testing can assist your healthcare provider in diagnosing your respiratory conditions and prescribing the best antibiotics for you if needed, and in doing so can aid you in alleviating the symptoms of your infections sooner. Our state-of-the-art laboratory technology provides accelerated specimen processing to generate your results within just a few days after initial ordering of this test. Develop a better understanding of respiratory infections and diseases by visiting our highly-informational  Respiratory Pathogen Panel Test page.

    Common illnesses that are diagnosed by respiratory screening include:

    Covid-19: a respiratory and cardiovascular illness stemming from a newly-discovered strain of coronavirus. This virus has resulted in an ongoing pandemic with millions of deaths and hundreds of millions of cases worldwide since the first confirmed Covid-19 case in November of 2019. Covid-19 is highly contagious and can lead to other serious conditions such as bronchitis, pneumonia, blood clots, organ damage, respiratory distress syndrome(RDS), and many other severe, life-threatening conditions.
    Influenza: a viral infection which attacks the lungs, nose, and throat with symptoms ranging from mild to severe and in some cases even life-threatening. The flu is the most common reason for employees missing work due to being sick.
    Pneumonia: a respiratory illness caused by a virus, bacteria, or fungi resulting in inflammation of the air sacs in one or both lungs. In some cases the air sacs can become filled with fluid or pus and severely weaken the immune system.
    Pertussis (Whooping Cough): a highly contagious bacterial infection which attacks the respiratory system causing persistent and strenuous coughing. The Pertussis vaccine is usually administered in conjunction with tetanus and diptheria vaccines, but can wear off during teenage years.
    Bronchitis: a respiratory condition in which the lining of the bronchial tubes(large airways to and from the lungs) become inflamed as a result of a viral infection, usually beginning as an acute illness and can lead to chronic bronchitis, and in some cases COPD.
    Broncholitis: a viral infection of the lungs causing airways to narrow due to inflammation of the bronchioles(smaller airways in the lungs); affecting people of all ages, but most commonly seen in children.

    Respiratory testing may be used to:

  • Establish and identify genetic material linked to several diseases
  • Diagnose respiratory conditions based on disease pathogens
  • Discover risk of long-term respiratory disease and determine best methods for effective treatment
  • Respiratory screening is simple, convenient, and is covered by most commercial, private, Medicare, and Medicaid insurance plans with little to no out-of-pocket  cost.  Consult with your trusted physician or one of our experienced 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 essentially becomes a cheat sheet for your doctor, and in turn your doctor can make a very personalized treatment plan to help keep you healthy. Discover more in-depth information on how you may benefit from pharmacogenetics testing by visiting our dedicated Pharmacogenetics Test page.

    Pharmacogenetic testing may be used to:

  • Find out whether a certain medication could be effective or ineffective for you
  • Determine what dosage will be best for you
  • Predict whether your will have serious side effects from a medication
  • Testing is easy, convenient and in most cases is covered by Medicare as well as some commercial 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 one of our dedicated specialists for more details. Purchasing a test kit may also provide cost-savings for you in the event your insurance plan won't cover genetic testing.

     
     

    Carrier Screening

    Carrier screening is recommended by OBGYNs for all women who are considering pregnancy or are currently pregnant, regardless of whether or not you have a history of genetic diseases in your family. Carrier screening is used to determine if you or your partner are carriers for certain recessive genetic diseases and the likelihood of the associated genes being passed down to your children or unborn child. Knowing early if these genes are found can help you better prepare for the road ahead in growing your family. Visit our full-length Genetic Carrier Screening page for more detailed information about how you can benefit from performing this test.

    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 screening may be used to:

  • Establish and identify recessive genes linked to a number of diseases
  • Calculate the probability of genetic variants being passed down to children
  • Inform family members or healthcare providers of severity and risk
  • Carrier screening is simple, non-invasive, and is covered by most insurance plans through Medicare, commercial, and Med Advantage with little to no out-of-pocket cost. Consult with your physician or a specialist from our company for more details.

     

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