Genetic testing has been on my mind of late.
Mum has been avoiding getting a genetic test to see if she carries the same gene for ovarian cancer that her mum had, as she "didn't want to live with that knowledge" and finds the whole prospect of knowing too heavy to bear.
I've been recommended to have the testing too, as well as a genetic test to rule out a possible coeliac diagnosis (oh dear god please no! i can't live without pizza!!!)
What other genetic tests are out there now?
Would you have it done?
Have you had any genetic testing?
Would you consider it a comfort or a burden?
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11-06-2013 12:58 #1Senior Member
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Genetic testing - thoughts?
11-06-2013 13:02 #2
I haven't had testing and to be honest I'm not sure what testing is available.
I can say though if it was recommend to me I'd do it. Asap. I'd want to know either way, that's just me.
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11-06-2013 13:06 #3Senior Member
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Oh yeah, why not? I'd rather know and the take steps to prevent it, like with the ovarian genes, or Breast cancer genes.
I've had the genes test for coeliac, even if you come back positive that only means you have a 30% chance of having coeliac, you'd have to do the bloods and endo with biopsies. And if you thought you had it, then hella yeah, get it tested. My granddad developed bowel cancer at 45 after suffering from a sickly stomach his whole life, it killed him. Me and my mother are coeliacs, even my GI said it was more than likely that he had undiagnosed coeliac and that can cause bowel cancer. It just isn't worth it. And if it makes you feel any better, GF stuff tastes better every day - you can't even tell it isn't wheat anymore. Pizza crusts included
11-06-2013 13:23 #4
I'd get it, for sure! Mostly because if you have it you can take steps to prevent ovarian or breast cancer.
If it was something I couldn't prevent, like huntingtons disease (an inherited neuro condition) I wouldn't want to know.
11-06-2013 13:24 #5Senior Member
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oh i am totally having the testing done, no doubt in my mind (or so i say atm!). Its just that mums view of "not wanting to know" really threw me. It was a scenario i had never considered - but having never had any kind of genetic testing, i honestly can't predict how i will actually react if one of the tests come back positive. Like...would i have a double mastectomy?? Hmm... would i have my ovaries removed pre-emptively? Don't know.
Just genuinely curious of other peoples thoughts and experiences
11-06-2013 13:30 #6
I don't really think I would bother getting tested to see if I have the gene for some type of cancer... Knowing I had a high chance of cancer would just make constantly fear I had it. I would rather just go get mammograms regularly or Pap smears or whatever.
I don't know anyone in my family who has died anything other than age or things they somewhat brought on themselves (like liver cancer for my alcoholic grandmother).
I would go get tested for things... Just not tested so we could assess the probability of me oneday developing those things if that makes sense. So like... I get tested for high bp and diabetes because its so common in my family. But if there were tests I could have to say whether or not I was likely to maybe develop them oneday... I wouldn't bother.
11-06-2013 16:13 #7
I agree with Sassy I would have Pap smears, breast screen, any blood work even colonoscopies if bowel cancer was in the family but if there is a proper screening that would tell me I was at risk then no I wouldn't want to know. I'd continue to stress 'when will I get it' and freak at any niggle or pain.
My eldest is type 1 diabetic and can get a particular screen on my other 3 daughters but we opted against it. If it happens it will and I can't prevent it from happening. We do however finger prick them on different occasions to see what their levels are.
11-06-2013 16:18 #8
Yes i would get the testing. So that then i could have more regular screenings. Somethings you only have to get done every two years. Thats the difference between stage one and stage /nothing they can do.
So if i carried a gene for something heck yes id want to know.
11-06-2013 19:30 #9
With ovarian cancer, there is no reliable screening. Even once you can see it on ultrasound it's probably too late. It's a horrid, horrid cancer.
If I had the gene, id get my ovaries out, without a doubt.
02-07-2013 23:12 #10
Hi just asking does this cost money?!
Or does Medicare cover it
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