FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Genetic Screening?

Genetic testing uses laboratory methods to look at your genes, which are the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. Genetic tests may be used to identify increased risks of health problems, to choose treatments, or to assess responses to treatments.

Cancer Genetic Screening (CGx)

What is Cancer Genetic Screening (CGx)?

The study of cancer genomes has revealed abnormalities in genes that drive the development and growth of many types of cancer. This knowledge has improved our understanding of the biology of cancer and led to new methods of diagnosing and treating the disease.

How will Genexe's CGx testing benefit me?

Genexe’s genetic testing can help determine if one is at an increased risk of developing hereditary cancer. In addition, our CGx test helps guide physicians to pursue preventative measures, which may lead to early detection and treatment of the condition. Accuracy of results is crucial.

Who is at an increased risk for hereditary cancer?

If you or your family have a history of any of the following:

– An individual that has more than one cancer
– An individual that has multiple close family members with a cancer diagnosis under the age of fifty
– An individual that has three or more close family members with different types of cancer
– An individual that has had family that has previously had cancer genetic testing and mutations were identified

Some people are genetically more likely to develop certain types of cancers, and cancer genomics helps to uncover these risks. After receiving the patient’s DNA sample and carrying out a thorough test, we then compile the results into an in-depth yet easy to understand report detailing all the information you need to know. Using the most advanced sequencing technology on the market, we provide incredibly accurate results which physicians can then use to create a personalized therapy based on your genome.

Why trust Genexe with your cancer genomics testing?

Genexe’s labs use the latest Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology to analyze patient samples in a rapid and accurate approach. All genetic scientists at our labs are highly trained and handle testing with the utmost care; our genetic specialists are always available for in-depth consultations. Genexe’s CGx reports are easy to read and provide you with clinically significant data based on the most recent medical innovations.

Pharmacogenomic Screening (PGx)

What is Pharmacogenomics (PGx)?

Pharmacogenomics is the relationship between a patient’s unique genetic makeup and their response to certain medications. Genetic mutations can cause either higher or lower rates of metabolism for known drugs. According to the FDA, each year, approximately 4.5 million Americans visit their doctors or the emergency room due to adverse drug reactions.

How will Pharmacogenomics benefit patients?

PGX test will provide a comprehensive report based on an individual patient’s genetic makeup that will indicate metabolic rates for defined medications. This information will help clinicians prescribe the right drug at the right dose based on your patient’s DNA profile.

Why trust Genexe with your Pharmacogenomics testing?

Genexe’s labs use the latest techniques available in labs, in high-throughput DNA sequencing technology to analyze patient samples in an expedient and precise approach. All genetic scientists at our labs are highly trained, handle testing with the utmost care, and are always available for in-depth consultations. Our pharmacogenomics reports are easy to read and provide you with clinically significant data based on the most recent medical innovations.

Genexe is delighted to offer our testing services to anyone who may require them. Just what is pharmacogenomic testing? In essence, it involves taking a sample of the patient’s DNA, and using that to analyze how their body will respond to certain medical treatments, such as cardiology, pain relief, and psychiatric medications.

For instance, patients with particular genetic mutations may experience a higher or lower metabolism while taking certain drugs. Our pharmacogenomics testing checks for a huge number of different conditions, as well as accurately predicting the risks of the patient developing additional conditions such as thrombophilia or dyslipidemia.

We take the utmost care when handling patient samples, and they are all tested by top scientists at our highly advanced medical facility. Once the results are in, we then compile them into an in-depth yet easily understandable report, so that you have access to all the information you need. You can trust Genexe to take care of all your pharmacogenomic testing needs, and we are always here to help when you need it.

What is a drug interaction?

Medicines can sometimes influence each other inside the body, producing an increased effect, extra side effects, or decreased effectiveness of one or more of the drugs. This is called a drug interaction. Drug interactions happen when two or more medicines react with each other to cause unwanted effects. This kind of interaction can also cause one medicine to not work as well or even make one medicine stronger than it should be. For example, you should not take aspirin if you are taking a prescription blood thinner, such as Warfarin, unless your health care professional tells you to.

Aging and Health: You and Your Medicines

It is important to know about your medicines to avoid possible problems. As you get older you may be faced with more health conditions that you need to treat on a regular basis. It is important to be aware that more use of medicines and normal body changes caused by aging can increase the chance of unwanted or maybe even harmful drug interactions.

The more you know about your medicines and the more you talk with your health care professionals, the easier it is to avoid problems with medicines.

As you age, body changes can affect the way medicines are absorbed and used. For example, changes in the digestive system can affect how fast medicines enter the bloodstream. Changes in body weight can influence the amount of medicine you need to take and how long it stays in your body. The circulation system may slow down, which can affect how fast drugs get to the liver and kidneys. The liver and kidneys also may work more slowly affecting the way a drug breaks down and is removed from the body.

Mixing Medications and Dietary Supplements Can Endanger Your Health

When you take prescription or over-the-counter (OTC) medications, do you take also a vitamin, mineral, or other dietary supplements? Have you considered whether there is any danger in mixing medications and dietary supplements? There could be.

Consequently, combining dietary supplements and medications could have dangerous and even life-threatening effects.

Find out if the medications you are currently taking are right for you!

General Information

Who pays for this?

Do you accept my insurance?

Medicare, Medicaid, and many PPO plans cover 100% the cost for CGx and PGx screening  depending on your personal or family history of cancer or the amount/types of medications you are taking today.

Contact us to find out if your insurance covers these screenings.

Do I need referral?

In most cases, you do not need a pre-authorization or referral.  Contact us to find out if your insurance covers these screenings.

Direct Pay?

If your insurance does not cover the screenings or if you don’t have insurance, contact us to learn about affordable direct pay options via credit card.

How long does it take to get results?

Genexe seeks to have your test results released to you as soon as possible. The typical turnaround time for results to be released is approximately 4 to 6 weeks.  However, please keep in mind that it may take up to 8-10 weeks from the date you submitted your sample for your results to arrive.  Sample processing times are estimates only that vary depending upon the test(s) ordered, overall demand, laboratory volume and the maintenance of our quality control standards.  If you have any further questions on the status of your screening, feel free to contact us at support@genexe.com.