Only 5 to 10% of cancers are hereditary, and therefore, individuals of the same family may have a higher risk of developing cancer in the future.
In these cases, carrier-screening tests can provide information for actions to be taken helping to prevent or to detect the onset of cancer in earlier and easily treatable stages.
Consider taking a carrier screening or a gene panel if in your direct family:
- – There are several cases of cancer
- – The same type of cancer is repeated in several individuals
- – There are cases of several types of cancer in the same individual
- – There are cases of cancer at very young ages
- – There is some rare case of cancer (breast cancer in men, retinoblastoma…)
- – Some member had a genetic test and has a pathogenic variant
Gene panel is also useful in individuals who do not meet the above requirements, to identify the mutation causing their cancer and to rule out or to confirm the possibility of cancer being hereditary
At CONGEN we also carry out pharmacogenetic studies that will provide very valuable information to your oncologist when deciding the most appropriate treatment for each particular case.
Types of genetic tests in cancer
1. CARRIER SCREENING
Direct search for mutations that increase risk of suffering hereditary cancer. These tests are intended for individuals who know that a direct family member has a mutation predisposing to cancer.
2. CANCER PANELS
Study of a set of genes related to a higher predisposition to suffer from certain hereditary cancer types. We select each panel based on each patient’s clinical and family history.
3. PHARMACOGENETIC TESTS
We study genetic biomarkers related to the response to the treatment of certain drugs to provide advice on precision medicine.
At CONGEN we are continually updating our products and offer new services once there is clinical evidence of their usefulness. Ask us about new advances and developments.
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