OUR ONE-STOP PROGRAM PROVIDES A RESPONSIBLE, EFFICIENT PATHWAY TO MEDICAL-GRADE TESTING.
My Gene Counsel launched a groundbreaking partnership with Ambry Genetics to facilitate more patients getting quicker access to genetic counseling, and if needed, medical-grade testing.
We offer participants a 30-minute phone session with a certified genetic counselor to determine if genetic testing is necessary. If deemed necessary, medical-grade testing is performed by Ambry Genetics. Results are provided through a Living Lab Report®, and will help the patient understand and utilize the results.
WHY YOU NEED TO SIGN UP
You or someone in your family has had cancer.
You want to know if anyone in your family is at high risk.
You took a test, or you are thinking of taking one, because you are worried.
You want to make medical decisions based on your test.
You want medical-grade genetic test results that you can discuss with your doctor.
To be eligible for this program, candidates must have a qualifying personal or family history of cancer, have not previously had doctor-ordered genetic testing, and be over 18 years old.
Consumer DNA tests are genetic tests performed by direct to consumer companies without a healthcare provider ordering the lab test.
What is Medical-Grade testing?
Medical-grade genetic testing is ordered by healthcare professionals from a medical-grade or clinical-grade laboratory. I submitted a request for my Living Lab Report® (LLR). Why will it take 24-48 hours for it to be available?
Are the DNA test results I just got accurate?
Recent studies have shown that 40-50% of Consumer DNA results showed a false positive, which means a positive result that proves to be incorrect. Accuracy depends on the test you had and the company you used to perform the test.
Will my doctor take my consumer DNA test results seriously?
A lot of doctors will recommend that consumer DNA test results related to health risk be reordered by a health professional from a medical-grade clinical laboratory.
What should I do with my DNA test results?
We know that Consumer DNA tests can give inaccurate results, including 40%-50% false positives, which means positive results that prove to be inaccurate. It may be worthwhile to repeat the test in a medical-grade laboratory, like Ambry Genetics, with a new blood or saliva sample to see if your test is correct. Make sure you discuss any personal or family history of cancer or other diseases with a certified genetic counselor to determine if medical-grade genetic testing is right for you.
My Consumer DNA report says that I am positive for BRCA. What should I do next?
Most Consumer DNA testing companies recommend that their results are repeated with a new blood or saliva sample in a medical-grade laboratory, and we recommend the same.
Should I repeat genetic testing with another consumer DNA testing company?
No. In fact, this can complicate the situation because these other consumer DNA testing companies also are not comprehensive or medical-grade, and those results may eventually also need to be repeated in a medical-grade laboratory, like Ambry Genetics
I used a website to upload my DNA results and analyze them, and the report said I was positive for one of the mutations. Is this accurate? Do I have to repeat my test?
Results found in DNA results from consumer companies have been found to include false positive results, as well as results that were proven to be correct. Before using these results for medical decisions, it is important to repeat this test with a new blood or saliva sample in a medical-grade laboratory, like Ambry Genetics. Speak with a certified genetic counselor to understand your options.
I have a strong personal and/or family history of cancer, but my consumer DNA test came back negative. Does this mean I don’t have a genetic risk for cancer?
No. These results are not comprehensive and not medical-grade, so it is important to talk to a certified genetic counselor about your personal and/or family history to determine if medical-grade genetic testing is right for you.
One of my family members tested positive for a mutation in a hereditary cancer gene, but my consumer DNA test was negative. Does this mean I don’t have the mutation found in my family?
Not necessarily. Your result should be repeated in a medical-grade laboratory, like Ambry Genetics, that specifically looks for the mutation found in your family. Discuss your situation with a certified genetic counselor, who will help you determine which test is appropriate. Consider sending a copy of your family member’s test result so the genetic counselor and the lab know exactly what to look for.
Why do I need genetic testing in a medical-grade laboratory?
Medical-grade laboratories look at the entire gene in detail, using techniques that are often not used in consumer DNA testing labs. They can also look at a number of genes involved in hereditary cancer. Results from these laboratories are more comprehensive and more accurate than results from a consumer DNA testing laboratory.
How can I pursue genetic testing in a medical-grade laboratory?
This program provides a pathway to pursue testing in a medical-grade laboratory with Ambry Genetics. You may also meet with a genetic counselor or health care provider to discuss options for re-testing.
How much will it cost to pursue genetic testing in a medical-grade laboratory?
This depends on several things, including whether you have health insurance that will cover the cost of testing. For people with a personal or family history that shows testing is needed and have insurance with genetic testing benefits, most patients pay nothing
Our One-Stop program provides you, if you qualify, a pathway to medical-grade testing by offering you a free Living Lab Report® from My Gene Counsel to answer questions about your genetic situation and a free 30-minute phone session with a certified genetic counselor to determine if additional testing through a medical-grade lab, like Ambry Genetics, is necessary. If so, we will order your medical-grade test and help you navigate your health insurance.
Will additional testing be covered by health insurance?
If you have a personal and/or family history of cancer, testing is often covered by health insurance. You will learn more about any costs as part of this program before you have any additional testing.