patients is constantly evolving.
Truly personalized approaches to medicine have arrived and are here to stay. Great strides in our understanding of human genetics along with advances in technology allow physicians to better select appropriate treatments for their patients.
Gone is the age of trial-and-error dosing! Pharmacogenetic testing (PGT) gives physicians the necessary tools to select the proper drug therapy for their patients, at the proper dose, while avoiding unnecessary side effects.
Pharmacogenetics is the study of how human genetic variation affects an individual's response to drugs. Understanding the genetic makeup of a patient allows a physician to better predict how a prescribed drug therapy will interact with a patient-giving insight into therapeutic effectiveness and potential undesired effects.
Identify if you are at a higher risk for developing certain cancers due to an inherited gene mutation.
If you have a personal or family history of any of the following:
- Certain cancers before the age of 50
- Multiple cancers in a single person
- Multiple cancers in one side of the family
- Rare or unusual cancer presentations
Though the specific cause of cancer cannot be identified, medical research hans uncovered many risk factors that contribute to the disease. Some of these risk factors are in our control while others, like our genetic makeup, are not.
about your baby's health-
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What is the DISCOVER® prenatal test?
The DISCOVER® prenatal test is a simple blood test that screens for the most common chromosomal abnormalities that can affect your baby's future health. A sample can be drawn in your doctor's office as early as the 10th week of pregnancy, and it may help you avoid more invasive procedures, such as amniocentesis or chorionic villus sampling (CVS), which are not without risks to you and your baby. The DISCOVER® test is available for both singleton and twin pregnancies.* Test results are usually reported back to your healthcare provider within approximately one week's time.
How does the test work?
A sample of your blood is drawn and the genetic material (DNA) from you and your baby is tested. The DISCOVER® test takes a deeper approach to the science, using an advanced technology called "Massively Parallel Sequencing" to analyze millions of DNA fragments per sample and accurately count the number of chromosomes present. It then uses a special SAFeR™ calculation method to determine if there are too many or too few copies of these chromosomes in your baby.