Cancer Genetic Testing & Genetic Counselling

For people with a strong family history of cancer or recent diagnosis of breast, ovarian, bowel or prostate cancer. No referral criteria required.

Find out if you are at increased risk of developing cancer with fast, accurate genetic testing. Several gene panels are available including the BRCA gene testing, breast and ovarian cancer genes, bowel cancer genes and prostate cancer genes.

  • Genetic counselling is available before and after all genetic tests
  • UK Laboratory used for all testing
  • All tests are non-invasive, at home, easy to use saliva test kits
  • National network of GCRB and AHCS Registered Genetic Counsellors
  • Telephone or Face-to-face counselling appointments available
  • We perform genetic testing for breast, ovarian, bowel and prostate cancers
  • Our gene panels include all the genes listed in the NHS National Genomic Test Directory plus others
  • Genetic testing may influence your surgical treatment, choice of chemotherapy and future cancer prevention
  • Expert genetic 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+


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

Why should I book a cancer genetic testing appointment?

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

Why should I book a cancer genetic testing appointment?

More information on our gene panels

BRCA1 & BRCA2 Plus
The BRCA test is for individuals diagnosed with or at risk of breast cancer. It examines, in detail, the DNA code for nine genes, including the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Variants in these genes can increase your breast cancer risk. It is performed on a saliva sample.
BowelGene is a genetic test for individuals with bowel cancer, or a strong family history of bowel cancer. It examines the DNA code of eleven genes known to be associated with an increased risk of developing bowel cancer. It is performed on a saliva sample.
Breast and OvarianGene
Breast and OvarianGene is a genetic test for women diagnosed with or at risk of breast and ovarian cancer which examines the DNA code of sixteen genes known to cause an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer. It is performed on a saliva sample.
ProstateGene is a genetic test for people diagnosed with or at risk of prostate cancer which examines the DNA code of ten genes known to cause an increased risk of prostate cancer. It is performed on a saliva sample.

Professor Andrew Beggs, Clinical Advisor for Bowel Cancer & Genetics

If you have had a type of cancer that could be caused by a genetic predisposition, or if you have a strong family history of cancer, genetic testing may be useful for you and your family.  If a gene variant is identified, this may affect your treatment options and provide information, to allow you to manage any future cancer risks accordingly. If the results are normal, this would provide reassurance for you and your family.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Cost of Genetic Testing
Gene Test What genes we test for Cost  Timescale of results from gene testing 
BRCA 1 & 2 Plus  BRCA1, BRCA2, ATM, CHEK2, PALB2, TP53, CDH1, STK11, PTEN £1,400      3-4 weeks 


£1,400 3-4 weeks 
ProstateGene BRCA1, BRCA2, MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, EPCAM, HOXB13, ATM, CHEK2 £1,400 3-4 weeks
BowelGene MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2, EPCAM, APC, MUTYH, STK11, PTEN, SMAD4, BMPR1A £1,400 3-4 weeks 
Single Site Testing  Specific to each family  £630 3 weeks 
Ashkenazi Jewish Founder Testing 

Tests for three variants, two in BRCA1 and one in BRCA2

£630 2 weeks 

Please click on the 'Gene Test' name for more detailed information. 

Self-pay patients 

For self-pay patients, the cost of the initial genetic consultation is £150 which would be included in the total cost of genetic testing, should you decide to proceed.

Insured patients 

If you have recently been diagnosed with cancer, your insurance company should fully reimburse the cost of genetic testing and genetic counseling, if you meet certain criteria. Once you have contacted your insurer, if you need a letter of medical necessity, then we can provide you with one.

What is genetic testing?

Genes are the body’s instructions and determine how the body functions, develops, and is maintained. Some genes prevent cancer from developing, if there is a pathogenic variant (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 (sometimes referred to as mutations) and some variants (mutations) stop the gene from working properly and can increase the risk of certain types of cancer.

Testing for cancer

Some pathogenic genetic 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 risks
  2. No pathogenic variants are found
  3. A variant of uncertain clinical significance (VUS) 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?