Genetic Testing For Breast Cancer

$600

Includes:

  • Physician-ordered
  • Bloodwork, saliva sample required
  • Results made available to your physician in 4‒6 weeks
  • Next generation sequencing + deletion/duplication (MLPA): 100% sequencing coverage at 20x sequencing depth
  • Provincial healthcare insurance coverage be available
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TEST DETAILS

Genetic tests yield a wealth of information – some of it unexpected. Consult with your healthcare provider, speak with your family, and ensure you have access to the latest information before proceeding. The field of genetics is always evolving – and so are we.

TEST FORMS, OPTIONS, AND ORDERING DETAILS

BRCA1/2 testing is ordered under the guidance of a healthcare provider only. Contact us if you need help or have questions.

Frequently Asked Questions for the Test

Have a question about genetic testing? Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQs) or contact us.
Why should I choose the LifeLabs Genetics hereditary breast and ovarian cancer test?

The LifeLabs Genetics BRCA1/2 test balances thoroughness with cost-effectiveness, speed, and usefulness and includes pre and post test genetic counselling. Our test focuses on two well understood and documented genes – BRCA1 and BRCA2 – to provide scientifically sound results with useful recommendations. An experienced, in-house geneticist and our genetic counsellors reviews family history details, interprets the test results, and makes recommendations on whether further testing is required. Combining test data and expert, objective interpretation with your physician’s knowledge of your goals and health status provides high quality, actionable insights.

An alternative to BRCA1/2 is an expanded gene panel (example: > looking at 20 genes at once) to flag any predisposition to cancer. LifeLabs genetics does offer expanded gene panels for hereditary cancer testing; however we believe that these type of panels are best ordered by genetic specialists in cancer genetics clinics after careful clinical assessment particularly when there is a complex medical and/or family history. These genetic specialists take into account important consideration, for example whetherexamining additional genes could reveal other genetic variants that might obscure definitive conclusions, results could possibly yield false-positives for extremely rare diseases, and results could indicate clinically insignificant risks due to limited research and current follow-up options.

Please contact us with any questions you may have.

The CanadinaGovernment recently passed Bill S-201 (a Canndian equivalent to the U.S. Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA)).  The bill states that it is unlawful to engage in genetic discrimination and prohibits companies requiring the disclosure of genetic testing results before providing goods or services or entering into a contract. LifeLabs Genetics never releases results to anyone other than the ordering physician. However, insurance companies categorize people according to the amount of risk they pose and charge different premiums based on those levels of risk. Insurance policy application forms may still include questions about your health, family history, age, occupation, etc. When those details are entered into an actuarial table, it may become evident that you are in a higher risk category based on your family history

The LifeLabs Genetics test balances thoroughness with cost-effectiveness, speed, and usefulness. Our test focuses on two well understood and documented genes – BRCA 1 and BRCA 2 – to provide scientifically sound results with useful recommendations. An experienced, in-house geneticist reviews family history details, interprets the test results, and makes recommendations on whether further testing is required. Combining test data and expert, objective interpretation with your physician’s knowledge of your goals and health status provides high quality, actionable insights.

A competitor to our BRCA 1/2 test examines 27 genes to flag any predisposition to cancer; however, examining additional genes usually reveals numerous genetic variants that can obscure definitive conclusions, yield false-positives for extremely rare diseases, and indicate clinically insignificant risks. Based on our current understanding of genetics today, having more data to work with is not necessarily better — in some cases, additional data makes moving forward more confusing. The LifeLabs Genetics BRCA 1/2, as a screen, provides all the information that you need to know to move forward.

The LifeLabs Genetics BRCA 1/2 test package includes genetic counselling. Please contact us with any questions you may have.

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How to Access to Genetic Testing

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Learn about<br> LifeLabs Genetics <br>testing

Learn about
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STEP 2

Choose a test with your healthcare provider

Choose a test with your healthcare provider

STEP 3

Get the appropriate forms online

Get the appropriate forms online

STEP 4

Healthcare provider completes forms

Healthcare provider completes forms

STEP 5

Submit sample, requisition and payment* to LifeLabs

Submit sample, requisition and payment* to LifeLabs

STEP 6

Speak to your healthcare provider about your results

Speak to your healthcare provider about your results

*Most tests have provincial funding coverage; however in some cases payment must be required. The list of required documents, funding criteria and pricing is available on the product specific webpage.

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Genetic testing can seem complicated. Our team of certified genetic counsellors and client-care specialists are available to support you along the way.

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