What to ask your doctor about testing for cancer genes

what to ask your doctor about testing for cancer genes

Here are some questions you might like to ask your doctor or genetic counsellor 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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