What is Telegenetics?
Genetic tests can identify the presence of inherited gene mutations associated with certain types of cancer. Having one of these genetic markers does not guarantee you will develop cancer, but it does mean you have an increased risk of developing that particular type of cancer.
During an MDteleMe genetic consultation, we can help you discover and manage your hereditary cancer risks. These appointments are ideal for adults, children, and families with known or suspected inherited medical conditions.
Make your telemedicine appointment today to see a genetics professional at MDteleMe.
Are you concerned about cancer that runs in your family? Get the information you need to protect yourself and your loved ones with a TeleGenetics cancer-risk consultation at MDteleMe.
What to Expect During Your Telegenetics Appointment
MDteleMe Genetic Consulting Services
Our genetic cancer-risk assessment includes a comprehensive family history-based evaluation. In some cases, additional genetic testing or lab work may be ordered. Our specially trained and experienced geneticist is well-equipped to review and educate you about your cancer risks, as well as provide guidance to help you mitigate those risks.
We also offer telemedicine consultations to review genetic test reports provided by other providers or as the result of at-home testing kits such as 23andMe.
MDteleMe genetic consultations are only offered via telemedicine.
Genetic Cancer Counseling FAQs
Genetic testing helps to identify your risks of developing certain types of hereditary cancers, including:
- Blood Cancer
- Bone Cancer
- Brain Cancer
- Breast Cancer
- Colon Cancer
- Lung Cancer
A telemedicine consultation with an MDteleMe geneticist can inform and prepare you for your particular cancer susceptibility, as well as provide practical suggestions about what you can do to reduce the likelihood that you develop cancer.
Our team of professionals helps patients choose from among the most reliable, up-to-date, and cost-effective genetic testing options, depending on your particular concerns or needs.
Having a genetic cancer-risk consultation at MDteleMe can help:
- Individuals with a known or suspected hereditary medical condition
- Families with several members who have the same medical condition
- Parents concerned about passing on a condition to their children
- Otherwise healthy patients who wish to know what particular conditions could potentially impact their health during their lifetime
The genetic test process involves taking a DNA sample – such as from saliva (via a swab taken from inside the mouth), or from a blood draw – which is then processed and analyzed in a lab. The sample is typically provided in a lab or other facility where genetic testing is conducted; it can also be performed at home and delivered to a lab. The test looks for specific gene abnormalities that indicate a higher-than-average risk of developing a particular type of hereditary cancer or other medical condition.
Genetic screenings can cost anywhere from $100 to $2,000. Your cost will depend on the type and complexity of the test you’re having. For example, if the lab is instructed to look at a particular gene sequence, it may be less expensive than a test to examine hundreds of areas on multiple genes.
It can take about 3 weeks to receive your test results after submitting your DNA sample to the lab.
Once you have your test results, an MDteleMe doctor will discuss the findings with you and your referring physician and provide follow-up counseling to help you make decisions about your future health care.
It is at this stage that our experienced geneticist is often able to provide additional details regarding positive as well as negative findings that may help you prevent the disease or catch it early.
Just because a genetic test reveals a marker for a particular hereditary disease, it doesn’t necessarily mean you will develop the disease. However, because such a result indicates you have a higher-than-average risk for it, managing your risk should become a priority.
Depending on your particular test results, here are some methods to lower your risk of developing cancer:
- Additional, cancer-specific screenings. Based on the results of your test, your doctor may recommend periodic diagnostic tests such as endoscopies or colonoscopies, MRIs or CT scans, X-rays or mammograms, etc.
- Education about red flags. Understanding some of the early signs and symptoms of the type of cancer you are at risk of may lead to early detection, which can improve your treatment options and success rate.
- Lifestyle changes. There are usually many behaviors and choices you can change that will have a positive effect on your health.
- Preventive medications. In some cases, there may be medicines available that can help reduce your risk.
- Preventive surgery. Depending on the situation, your doctor may recommend prophylactic surgery – removing an otherwise healthy organ or gland – in order to prevent cancer from developing. For example, women who develop breast cancer in one breast often opt to remove both breasts to reduce the likelihood of a recurrence.