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Expanded Carrier Screening


How to complete the Expanded Carrier Screening test


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  1. Learn about how this test will support your healthcare goals
  2. Purchase the test online
  3. Meet with your healthcare provider to have the mandatory requisition form completed and signed
  4. The easiest way to have your sample collected is to request a Saliva Sample Collection Kit sent to your home.  To make these arrangements call 1-844-363-4357 or email Ask.Genetics@LifeLabs.com.

  5. Meet with your healthcare provider to review your results

When two parents are carriers of the same genetic condition, each child has a 1 in 4 (25%) chance of having that autosomal recessive condition. Depending on the urgency of the results for the couple, individuals may wish to start with one member of the couple, and, if identified as a carrier of a genetic condition, then proceed with the other member of the couple. Sometimes, there may be provincial funding available to cover genetic testing for the other member of the couple. For individuals requiring urgent information, couples may wish to get screened at the same time to have a combined report that lists reproductive risk (chance of having an affected child) in a rapid 2-3 week turnaround.  Each partner will require an individual requisition, and will submit separate samples.

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You can pay for your Expanded Carrier Screen test(s) in advance.

Each person being tested will need to complete a requisition form and pay for each test. The cost of each test is $625, and charges will be incurred at the time of online payment. Tests are refundable up until the time you have your sample collected. You are encouraged to check with your private healthcare insurer to see if coverage is provided. Please note, that funding for certain ethnicity-specific genetic screens do exist and vary by province, likely requiring a referral to medical genetics. Examples of ethnicity-specific carrier screens include (but are not limited to) the Ashkenazi Jewish or French Canadian populations. To learn more, please contact your healthcare provider or Ask.Genetics@LifeLabs.com . Please note the test can also be paid for at the time of sample collection.
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Complete your requisition form

After purchasing the test, you will receive an automated email with your requisition form. Each person having a test performed must complete a test requisition and have it signed by their healthcare provider.
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Meet with your healthcare provider to sign the requisition form.

Each individual being tested must have the completed requisition form signed by their healthcare provider as well as themselves in the consent box. Requisitions not signed by a healthcare provider will not be processed; LifeLabs will not be able to proceed with testing until a signature is obtained.
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Saliva sample or blood draw.

The easiest way to have your sample collected is to request a Saliva Sample Collection Kit be sent to your home. To make these arrangements call 1-844-363-4357 or email Ask.Genetics@LifeLabs.com. Alternatively, individuals being tested can visit any LifeLabs Patient Service Centre to have a blood sample taken. For your convenience, you may book an appointment to reduce waiting time. If you are outside Ontario, British Columbia or Saskatchewan, please contact Ask.Genetics@LifeLabs.com to organize your collection.
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Get your results

Your test results will be sent directly to your healthcare provider for their review and follow up discussion with you. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider three weeks after your blood sample is collected to review the results. Through Invitae (our test provider), you will also have access to a post-test genetic counselling session with a board-certified genetic counsellor to review your results in more detail. Invitae genetic counselling services can be reached at 1-800-436-3037 or by email at gcservices@invitae.com .

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