To fight cancer, we believe that you will need to fully understand it. Every individual is unique, and you deserve the right choice of treatment for your cancer. At Lucence Diagnostics, we bridge the gap between patients and therapy by using our proprietary technology developed by a top international team of physicians and scientists. Focused testing informed by a profound medical understanding provides deeper understanding of your cancer, its weaknesses and treatment progress.
Inherited cancers are cancers that run in the family. Cancer is caused by errors (called mutations) in our genes. When one gene mutation is passed from one generation to another, inherited cancers can occur. Having these mutations does not mean you will get cancer. However, they increase your risk of cancer. This is one reason why cancer can occur at a younger age, or appear more often in some families.
Some of your close relatives have had cancer
You have relatives who share the same cancer type
You have relatives diagnosed with cancer at a young age
Your family has an uncommon cancer type
An option may be to seek a consultation session with a genetic counsellor. Genetic counsellors have advanced training in medical genetics and counselling to interpret tests, and guide and support you as you seek more information about how inherited diseases and conditions might affect you or your family. At Lucence, genetic consultation is available with our in-house cancer genetic counsellor. Do contact us for more details.
A blood sample is what we require to begin the search for the best treatment for you, as ordered by your physician.
We assist your physician to choose the best drug for you by determining if gene mutations can be detected in your blood sample.
With a carefully targeted analysis generated by our laboratory, and reviewed by our specialist laboratory medicine and cancer genetics service, you and your doctor are now in a better position to choose the best treatment option for your cancer. Our in-house genetic counselling services also offer further guidance and support in your planning for the road ahead.
Genetic testing can assist doctors to estimate your risk for developing cancer in your lifetime. With only a small amount of your blood, our tests can read your genes to find out if you or your family are at increased risk of some types of cancer.
However, having risks for inherited cancer does not mean you will develop cancer. For example, a woman with a 60% chance of developing cancer may remain free of cancer in her lifetime. Conversely, another woman with a 10% chance of developing breast cancer may still develop cancer in her future. Genetic testing is simply a very accurate tool to determine your personal risk of developing cancer, which will enable your doctor to help you to choose suitable ways to prevent and reduce cancer risk.
To find out more about cancer risk evaluation and suitable testing, review your family history with your physician.
Gather your family cancer history before visiting the doctor to help them understand your risks. If a genetic testing is done, review the report with your physician.
Liquid biopsy is a simple, quick and minimally invasive method of determining the errors in your genes (known as gene mutations). When tumor cells die, they release genetic material (DNA) in fragments into your blood stream. The tumor DNA fragments show the same mutations found in the original cancer tissue. By taking a sample of your blood and running liquid biopsy testing at Lucence Diagnostics, the mutations in your tumor cells can be readily identified.
Certain cancer types e.g. lung cancer are more suitable
Sensitive and accurate
Rapid results, up to 48 hours turnaround
Can be useful to monitor disease in various cancers
Discuss any use of liquid biopsy with your doctor
Different tumours and mutations are caused by different genes, which can determine their response to treatment. Some mutations do not respond well to certain treatments, while others may respond to treatments very well. Through liquid biopsy, your physician can choose your drug according to the specific mutation you have, allowing your physician to plan the best treatment for you.
Cancer cells mutate easily to acquire resistance to treatment. Hence, after a period of initial treatment, your treatment may lose its effectiveness. When this happens, the cancer may regrow. Detecting this early and taking the correct action is important.
Liquid biopsy is a rapid, painless and efficient method of checking and monitoring your blood for cancer mutations. This can allow your physician to choose new drugs for you to target new mutations.
Genetic counselling is the process of helping people understand and adapt to the medical, psychological and familial implications of genetic contributions to disease. For instance:
• How inherited diseases and conditions might affect them or their families
• How family and medical histories may impact the chance of disease occurrence or recurrence
• Which genetic tests may or may not be right for them, and what those tests may or may not tell
• How to make the most informed choices about healthcare conditions
Cancer genetic counsellors are involved with individuals with cancer or with a family history of cancer. Cancers may or may not be inherited. Examples of cancers that may have a genetic or inheritable component are:
• Breast cancer
• Ovarian cancer
• Colon cancer
• Medullary thyroid carcinoma
• Wilms tumor
Genetic counselling allows you to better understand your genetic testing result, addressing issues you don’t understand or answering additional questions that may have leave you confused and worried post genetic testing.