FAMILY CANCER SCREENING
The use of genetic counseling can assist you in determining your risk of developing cancer depending on personal as well as family medical histories. This information also aids you in determining whether genetic testing is suitable for you or other members of your family.
A collaborative effort between physicians and medical professionals, the Family Cancer Genetics Scheme at Rohtak Cancer Care is dedicated to providing patients with the most up-to-date information on hereditary cancer risks and available genetic testing, as well as treatment options for those who are known to be at higher risk of having cancer as a result of a genetic predisposition. The following services are included in our program.
What is the procedure for genetic testing for cancer?
Genetic testing for cancer, often referred to as a hereditary cancer test, is a procedure that searches for specific mutations in a person’s genetic code. Mutations are alterations in genes that contribute a part to the development of cancer, according to the American Cancer Society. When a cell undergoes a mutation, it can often produce proteins that have an impact on how the cell grows as well as divides into new cells. Some mutations can also enable cells to grow exponentially, which can result in cancer.
Cancer cells can also be tested for genetic alterations, which can be used to diagnose hereditary cancers. After a person has already been diagnosed with cancer, the doctor will frequently examine a sample of cancer cells to determine whether any specific gene alterations have occurred. These genetic cancer tests (also known as DNA cancer screening) provide information on a person’s prognosis and can assist them in determining which kind of treatment may be most beneficial for them. These tests seek for inherited gene changes exclusively in cancer cells collected from the patient and are distinct from the tests used to determine whether a person has a genetic predisposition to cancer.
Creating a Reference Frame of Reference
Rohtak Cancer Care establishes a fundamental frame of reference in order to decide the most appropriate response in assessing cancer risk. This entails gathering an accurate family history of cancer(s) in you, your extended family, and friends family – your kids, brothers, grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, and relatives on both sides – as well as in your direct and extended family members. The type of disease and the age at which it first manifested itself are critical in obtaining this information.
Diagnostics is only one of the methods that can be used to estimate the likelihood of developing cancer.
It is a multistep procedure that starts with determining a person’s personal cancer risk and family history, which is followed by cancer testing. Education and counseling to assist in understanding risk, the utility and constraints of genetic testing and other methods of risk assessment, and tailored alternatives for early detection as well as risk-reduction programs are all part of this process. If testing is indicated and wanted, a small blood sample is collected and sent to a laboratory for analysis. A confidential test result is usually available between two to three weeks after the test being performed. The findings of the tests are revealed in person during a follow-up visit.
Options for Preventive and Screening Measures
On the basis of the family history evaluation and/or genetic test results, we will assist you in establishing the most effective cancer risk management methods.
We also collaborate with cancer care teams to design treatment programs for patients or family members who may be at increased risk of acquiring specific cancer forms, such as prostate cancer.
Program for the Prevention and Screening of Breast Cancer
Colon and rectal cancer screening and prevention are important.
Program for the Prevention and Screening of Pancreatic Cancer