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CGx Cancer Test

CGx is the short term for Cancer Genomics and it is a test carried out to determine if an individual is at risk for hereditary cancer.


Abnormalities in genes that trigger the development of different types of cancer have been revealed by the study of cancer genomes. With this knowledge, the understanding of the biology of cancer has improved over the years and this has led to the development of new methods to diagnose and treat the disease.

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With the use of Hereditary Cancer Marker Screening, it can be detected in persons carrying genes known to be associated with certain types of cancer.


Predisposition Cancer Genomics


Molecular testing will look out for certain mutations in an individual’s genetic make-up. Harmful mutations tend to increase a patient’s risk of developing cancer, while inherited mutations are believed to play a vital role in 10% of most cancer cases. It is therefore important that appropriate CGx testing be done to determine when an individual is predisposed to cancer.


Before CGx testing is done, it is most of the time recommended that patients seek counseling to determine if certain types of cancer have been experienced in their family.


CGX testing is more informative if it begins in a family member who has had a current or previous diagnosis than in a member who has never suffered from cancer.


If a member of the family has been detected to have an inherited cancer susceptibility syndrome, it is important that any member of the family that could have inherited the variant consider CGx testing, even if they have not developed the disease. Understanding the risks will help to prevent a future occurrence of the disease.



Role of Genetic Counselling in CGx Testing


It is recommended that before a CGx testing is carried out, genetic counseling should be done first and also after the test. This is necessary especially if the result is positive and the fact that such individual needs to understand hereditary cancer pre-disposition.


This testing is carried out by a professional genetic counselor or any other health care expert who has experience in cancer genetics.


Aspects of Genetic Counselling


Genetic counseling will normally cover so many aspects of this testing process, which will include:


  • The appropriateness of CGx testing, and the potential benefits and harms of testing
  • The implications of an uncertain, negative and positive test results
  • Possibility of an uncertain test result
  • The psychological benefits and risks of CGX test results
  • The risk of passing the variant to one’s children
  • The impact of the CGX testing on the family
  • The best CGx test to perform


Genetic counseling will also involve discussions on the recommendation for screening and preventive care for the patient, referral to information centers and other support groups as well as providing for the patient’s emotional support.


How will Patents Benefit form CGx Testing?


CGx testing will help the patient in determining if they are at risk of having hereditary cancer. When a CGx test is done on a patient, this will guide medical doctors to take preventative measures, which will lead to quick detection as well as treatment of the condition.


People that should consider CGx Testing


If you or any member of your family has a history of any of the following, then you might want to consider having a CGx test done:


  • Relatives on a side of the family that have suffered from the same kind of cancer
  • First degree relatives such as one’s father, mother, brothers, and sisters.
  • A family member who has more than a single type of cancer
  • Close relatives that have had cancers, associated with rare hereditary cancers.
  • A male member of the family developing breast cancer
  • A genetic mutation in a member of the family or two
  • Being a member of an ethnic or racial group known to possess an increased risk of developing some certain type of inherited cancer


Other Factors to Consider


CGx testing has some limitations and other emotional implications, which may include:


Depression, guilt or anxiety: When the result is positive, it means there is a gene mutation. This result may likely cause an emotion outburst in the family. Some individuals may start thinking of themselves as being sick, even if cancer has not developed in such individuals. Also, negative emotions may develop. For instance, it is likely that some people experience guilt if the mutation gene is not present in their DNA, while another member of the family has it.


Cost: CGx testing can be quite expensive and particularly costly if it is not covered by health insurance.


Family Tension: People are encouraged to inform other family members about their results as the information can be important to other members of the family. But this same information could complicate family dynamics.


Carrying out a CGx Test


Genetically, some individuals are predisposed to developing certain types of cancers, so cancer genomics will help in uncovering these risks.


CGx tests are requested by the patient’s genetic counselor, doctor or any other health care provider who has assessed the patient’s health and family history.


Once the patient’s DNA sample has been received and a thorough test has been carried out, the result is then compiled into a well-understood format providing the information the patient needs to know.


Reading a CGx Test Result


CGx tests can give many possible results: negative, positive, uninformative negative, true negative, benign variant.


Who Can Access a CGx Result?


Medical test results are usually included in a patient’s medical records, especially if it was ordered by a doctor. So, it is important that people considering a CGx test understand that the results may be assessable by other organizations that have legitimate and legal access to check their medical records. This may include one’s employer or one’s insurance company.


Benefits of CGx Testing


Irrespective of whether the test result is negative or positive, there can be a whole lot of benefits to carrying out a CGx test:


  • When the test result is informative negative, the individual can have some sort of peace of mind that at least they did not inherit a harmful gene variant.
  • With a positive result, the person has the opportunity to understand and manage cancer risks.
  • With CGx testing, family members can also learn about their risks of developing cancer.
Genetic Test Results

A “positive test result” indicated the laboratory found a specific genetic alternation (or mutation) associated with a hereditary cancer syndrome. Positive test results may:

  • Suggest a need for further testing.
  • Confirm the diagnosis of hereditary cancer syndrome.
  • Indicate an increased risk of developing certain cancers(s) in the future.
  • Show that someone carries a particular genetic change that does not increase their own risk of cancer but may increase the risk for their offspring.
  • Provide important information for other family members, empowering them to make decisions about their own health care.
  • Suggest the patient receives more frequent preventative screenings.
  • Aid the patient to consider options for preventative care including taking certain medication or in some cases removing “at-risk” tissue.
  • Identify lifestyle changes. ( i.e. quit smoking, exercising , healthier diet, which may reduce the risk of certain cancers).

What are my next steps?

  • ✔️ Comprehensive DNA cancer screening tests are now being covered by Medicare Part B.
  • ✔️ People that have a personal or family history of these types of cancer are allowed into the program.
  • ✔️ Tests that are covered: Breast, Ovarian Endometrial, Colorectal, Gastric, Pancreatic, thyroid, Prostate, Renal, Liver, Kidney, Brain

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Please note: You must be covered by Medicare Part B and have a personal history (diagnosis) of cancer in order to have the no-cost test completed.

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Please note: You must be covered by Medicare Part B and have a personal history (diagnosis) of cancer in order to have the no-cost test completed.