• Is it necessary to see a Geneticist for genetic testing or can this be ordered by my oncologist?

    Asked by Beaner54 on Wednesday, December 26, 2012

    Is it necessary to see a Geneticist for genetic testing or can this be ordered by my oncologist?

    6 Answers from the Community

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    • karen1956's Avatar

      My onc ordered the testing...genetic counselor affiliated with my cancer center took the family history and then there was blood draw that is sent off to the lab...for breast cancer there is only one company that does the test......I don't think I actually saw the geneticist.....and onc went over results...

      over 7 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      Your oncologist should be able to do the Colaris testing there. Most oncologists have the kits in their office from Myriad Labs. They just get your bloodwork and fill out the paperwork in the kit and send it off to Myriad. Good luck, Carm.

      over 7 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      My surgeon recommended the testing & the cancer center took my blood test & all my family history. So glad it came back negative. They sent me the results in the mail & the cancer center went over the results with me also.

      over 7 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      My oncologist had my tumor sent for evaluation. Hospitals have a Protocol that keeps specimens for a five year period. I just needed to sign the consent form. It only took two weeks for the return of the results.

      over 7 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      My breast surgeon ordered the test. Saliva based, sent to lab, results were faxed to her 14 days later.

      over 7 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      My oncologists and breast surgeon recommend genetic testing and referred me to a geneticist. I actually saw different geneticists one before my BRACA testing in 2010 and a 2nd this past August before getting a BreastNext Panel. Both times the geneticist took complete family and personal histories, explained what the tests could and could not do, etc. Genetic testing can be a powerful tool, but knowing what the emotional and family impact of the results and how to handle them is very very important. My BRACA came back negative and I hope to be meeting with the 2nd geneticist early next month to discuss the results of the BreastNext testing. One of the things we will be discussing is treatment options for both my cancers based on the results of the the decoding. My Breast cancer cells are also being sequenced to find what specific mutations caused it, unfortunately there was not enough cancer cells on the pathology slide to sequence my kidney cancer.

      over 7 years ago

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