We now have the ability to offer genetic testing to our patients here at the clinic.
Genetic tests can confirm or rule out a suspected genetic condition giving you the knowledge and understanding to lead a healthier and more controlled lifestyle.
While a positive result can allow us to monitor our patient’s health more closely, a negative result can ease the worry of illness developing down the line.
For many families with hereditary illnesses, genetic testing is a relief from uncertainty. Answering your health questions ahead of time, by identifying changes in chromosomes, genes, or proteins we can prevent additional or more complex health issues in the future.
Currently, we are offering diagnostic and carrier testing for both cancer panel and cardiac screening.
We hope to offer further services in the near future, which will include newborn screening and forensic testing (DNA testing).
Cancer panel testing
Multigene cancer panel testing provides us with the ability to analyse potentially cancer-causing mutations within your genes. This information helps us determine an individual’s risk of cancer.
Our tests cover 8 different types of cancer –
All appointments last for around 30 minutes and only require a saliva sample. Results are expected between 4 and 5 weeks after samples have been provided.
We also include a phone consultation to answer any questions you may have as well as a post-test counseling session if a positive result is found.
Our cardiac screening provides an analysis of 77 genes that are associated with hereditary heart defects.
We are able to run tests to determine your risk factors for defects such as:
- Hereditary high blood pressure
- Genetic high cholesterol
Again, appointments last for approximately 30 minutes and require a saliva sample. Results are expected between 4 and 5 weeks after samples have been provided.
A phone consultation is also provided to answer any questions you may have as well as a post-test counseling session if a positive result is found. This will include lifestyle advice and an aftercare plan from a specialised team member.