Should Order Your Genetic Test?
Amanda Ewart Toland,
by Miriam Komaromy,
and your doctor have thought about genetic
testing and it seems like the
right decision for you. Who is the best person to order
your genetic test? Your primary doctor? A specialist?
In principle, any licensed physician can order genetic
tests. However, many doctors are not familiar with the
interpretation of genetic test results or when a particular
test may be appropriate. It is important to have your
genetic test ordered by a doctor familiar with:
appropriate genetic test for that disorder in the
context of your own and your family's medical
interpretation of genetic results for your disorder
interventions that are appropriate for different testing
some cases, the care provider best suited for ordering
your genetic test will not be your primary doctor but
working with a genetic
such as an oncologist or cardiologist, familiar with
the genetic aspects of your disorder.
do you determine if your care provider has sufficient
experience with genetic testing? Below are a list of
questions you can ask your doctor to determine if they
may be the right person to order your genetic test.
does your doctor feel about keeping your genetic test
results "off the record?"
your doctor seen patients with the inherited
form of your disorder?
your doctor offered genetic testing for other patients
with this genetic disorder or with similar genetic
testing, will your doctor sit down and go over the
pros and cons of testing and the implications of different
testing, will your doctor discuss medical management
options for you if the results are positive? Negative?
your doctor has previously offered testing for other
individuals with the same disorder, what medical options
were offered to them for follow-up care? Surveillance?
Additional lab tests? Referrals to specialists? Does
your doctor feel comfortable doing this for you if
you test positive?
your provider familiar with support groups
or other resources for individuals at risk for/or
testing positive for this disorder?
questions are not comprehensive. However, they are designed
to give you a feel for what your doctor may be able
to offer, as well as the genetic testing experience
your provider may have. If you feel comfortable with
your doctor's responses, then your doctor is likely
the right person to order your genetic test.
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