Cancer Genetic Testing

Genetic testing for cancer – for people with a strong family history of cancer or those recently diagnosed with breast, ovarian, bowel or prostate cancer.

Find out your risk of developing cancer with fast, accurate genetic testing.

  • National network of registered genetic counsellors
  • Consultations by telephone or face-to-face
  • Genetic counselling given before and after all genetic tests
  • We perform genetic testing for breast, ovarian, bowel and prostate cancers
  • Genetic testing may influence your surgical treatment, choice of chemotherapy and future cancer prevention
  • Expert counsellors explain the testing process and provide you with all the information to help you make the choice that's right for you

 

Suitable for men and women aged 18+

150

* for a one-hour phone consultation with a genetic counsellor. Additional charges apply for genetic testing and the results consultation

Why should I have genetic testing?

Genetic testing offers you a safe and accurate way of finding out if you are at risk of cancer. We offer a personalised service with pre and post test counselling ensuring you are fully supported every step of the way through the process of genetic testing.

Why should I have genetic testing?
 

Vicki Kiesel, Consultant Genetic Counsellor

For those with a family history of cancer, genetic testing is an invaluable tool, helping them to understand their risk of developing cancer. Genetic testing can help to reassure those at low risk while enabling individuals at high risk to make proactive decisions to lower their chance of cancer and increase the likelihood of early detection.

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Janet
Customer

Having lost my mum to breast cancer at an early age I decided to look into genetic testing for myself.I found the service offered by GeneHealth to be exemplary. I was provided with lots of support and was able to have many conversations with their consultant over the phone over a timeframe to suit me. We discussed different potential outcomes and I was provided with all the relevant facts and figures to help me make my decision.

I eventually decided to go ahead with the testing. This was very straightforward and I received the results very quickly, directly from the consultant. I would wholeheartedly recommend this service to anyone considering or even just looking into genetic testing.

Janet
Michelle
Customer

I could not be more impressed with the service that I received. My Genetic Counsellor was professional, knowledgeable and explained everything really well. One thing that has stuck with me was her empathy. She was counselling me over the phone, but that did not interfere with the ability to deliver the personal touch.

Michelle

Frequently Asked Questions

What is genetic testing?

Genes are the body’s instructions and determine how the body functions, develops and is maintained. Some genes prevent cancer developing, if there is a pathogenic varient (fault) in one of these cancer genes, then the gene doesn’t work correctly and causes an increased risk of cancer. Pathogenic variants in several hundred genes can cause an increased risk to specific types of cancer. We also know that there must be other genes that haven't been identified yet. Genes come in pairs and each gene has a code, which is like a long sentence with thousands of letters. Changes in this code are called variants, and some variants (mutations) stop the gene working properly and can increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Testing for cancer

Some genetic pathogenic variants can be inherited from your parents and cause an increased risk of cancer. These can be detected from a simple blood or saliva test which can indicate the likelihood of developing cancer and help inform screening and risk-reducing options.

How does it work?

Your DNA sample will be tested using state of the art Next Generation Sequencing which examines your genetic code in detail, looking for changes in the code as well as large missing or extra parts of the genes.

What will the test show?

Depending on the test performed there are up to three possible results that could result from genetic testing:

  1. A pathogenic variant is found that increases your cancer risk
  2. No pathogenic variant is found
  3. An unrecognised genetic variation is found
Why should I have genetic testing?

Genetic testing can help you understand the risk of developing cancer or passing it on to your children. It is a personal decision you should make in collaboration with your family, and genetic counsellor. Genetic cancer testing looks at the DNA code for a specific gene or genes. It provides information about the gene(s) which are analysed and is usually performed on a blood or saliva sample.

Cancer has touched nearly all of us in some way or another and one in two Britons born after 1960 will get cancer during their lifetime. Individuals with a personal or family history of cancer often have many questions including: am I at risk, are my children at risk and what can I do to detect or reduce my risk of cancer?

You may be at an increased risk of hereditary cancer if the following is true of your family:

  • Several relatives with the same type of cancer.
  • Relatives diagnosed at particularly young ages (usually before age 50).
  • Several affected generations.
  • Individuals who have been diagnosed with multiple cancers.

For individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer, they may ask how genetic testing will influence their surgical treatment, choice of chemotherapy and future cancer prevention.

What happens if I have genetic testing?
  • Following your genetic counselling consultation, if you decide to have genetic testing, arrangements will be made to collect either a blood or saliva sample. Depending on the genetic cancer test requested, results are usually available in 3-4 weeks.
  • When your results are ready, you will have a consultation with the genetic counsellor to discuss your results and options.
  • We will provide clear personalised clinical management guidelines and any onward referrals if necessary.
  • Advice will also be provided concerning the screening of relatives.
  • Unlike other test providers, we offer personalised guidelines and explanation even if the results are negative, as there may still be a significant risk of cancer.
  • Our clear and informative management guidelines protect against anyone mistakenly believing they have a cancer-causing pathogenic variant (when in reality it may be a variant) which could lead to unnecessary surgery or treatment. Equally, we ensure that variants that may be clinically relevant are not ignored.
What can I expect in my one-hour phone consultation with a genetic counsellor?

Before your phone consultation with a genetic counsellor you will be asked to complete an online questionnaire about your family history.

During your one-hour phone consultation, the genetic counsellor will take a detailed family and medical history and will provide you with a personalised cancer risk assessment (your risk assessment will include your personal cancer risk and the risk the cancer in your family is inherited).

The genetic counsellor will cover the following in your one-hour phone consultation:

  • Ask you about your medical and family history of cancer.
  • Explain how hereditary cancers are passed on in a family.
  • Determine if you/your family members are at risk for a hereditary cancer syndrome.
  • Give you information about inherited cancer syndromes.
  • Discuss cancer screening.
  • Provide information about genetic testing.
  • Allow you to make an informed decision on whether genetic testing is right for you.

If genetic cancer testing is appropriate, the genetic counsellor will explain its benefits and limitations. Cancer screening, such as mammograms or colonoscopies and risk reducing options may also be recommended.

Our unique pre-test counselling will help prepare you psychologically for testing and ensure you are aware of the implications of the results.

How do I book a genetic test?