Posts Tagged ‘genetic testing’

When to test


I am still thinking about when to test. I had a conversation the other day with my mother. I told her that the chances of ever getting a response on the genetic discrimination question seem slim. But I also acknowledged that it seemed unlikely my fear of genetic discrimination on an immigration application would really […]

I just scheduled my first appointment today with the cancer agency. I will be meeting with a genetic counsellor to discuss whether I want to be tested for a mutation in the breast cancer genes. Just two weeks from today. Things are moving forward and I am taking action. It feels great! Perhaps that sounds […]

Not everyone wants to undergo BRCA testing because they worry the possibility of bad news. But for me, I figure there is only the chance of good news. When my aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer, I begun to wonder about my own risks. When my grandmother was diagnosed, I was concerned about the risks […]

If you are in the U.S., the only place where you can legally get genetic testing for BRCA mutations is Myriad Genetics. Myriad owns the patents on the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. The current list cost of the comprehensive test is $3120 USD. (No idea if that includes taxes and other fees.) While some insurance […]

I just called the cancer agency today to follow up on my BRCA testing referral. Here in Canada, I need a doctor’s referral to the cancer agency for genetic counselling and testing. I just moved to Canada four months ago. So first I had to find a doctor, which everyone will tell you is very […]