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What to ask your doctor about testing for cancer genes

  • How do you do the test?
  • Will I have counselling?
  • Can you help me talk to my family?
  • When will I get the results of the test?
  • If you don’t find a faulty gene what does it mean?
  • What happens if you find a faulty gene?
  • What is my risk of developing cancer?
  • Can I have screening?
  • What does screening involve?
  • How often will I be screened?
  • How much will preventative treatment reduce my risk of developing cancer?
  • What treatment is available?
  • What does the treatment involve?
  • What are the immediate and long term side effects?
  • Can they be controlled?
  • When should I have treatment?
  • Will the treatment affect my fertility?
  • Can I time any treatment so that I can have a family?
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Updated: 19 August 2013