Genomic Tests Offered by Inform Diagnostics and Baylor Genetics
Genetic testing is provided by Baylor Genetics. We offer the following
Baylor Genetics enables Inform Diagnostics to provide a variety of genetic
testing directly to clients. Its Cancer Genetics Laboratory provides complete
and comprehensive whole genome/exome single gene analysis and panels for
oncology, offering a wider array of tests to our clients and their patients.
Baylor Genetics and Inform Diagnostics offer a wide array of tests to
our clients and their patients.
Genetic testing is a way to determine whether an individual has inherited
a cancer-causing gene
All cancers are caused by changes to substances in our bodies called genes.
These are units of information in every cell of our bodies.
When genes themselves are damaged, they can develop changes called mutations.
When mutations occur in the damaged genes, cells can grow out of control
and cause cancer. It takes more than one gene mutation for cancer to occur.
Multiple genes can be linked to a single cancer, and multiple cancers
can be linked to a single gene.
For most people who develop cancer, the gene mutations that cause cancer
happen over many years, leading to cancer later in life. Some people are
born with a gene mutation that they inherited from a parent. This damaged
gene puts them at higher risk for cancer than most people. When cancer
occurs because of an inherited gene mutation, it is referred to as hereditary cancer.
Cancer that is not due to inherited gene changes is called sporadic cancer.
It is believed that most—perhaps 90%—of all cancers are sporadic.
This means even if cancer does not run in a family, a family member can
still be at risk for some type of cancer in his or her lifetime.
Sporadic cancer and hereditary cancer differ in several ways that may affect
Hereditary cancer often occurs earlier than the sporadic form of the same cancer. Therefore
experts often recommend different screening, at a younger age, for people
with hereditary cancer in their family.
Hereditary cancers are caused in part by gene changes passed on from parents to their children.
Other blood relatives may share these same gene changes.
Sporadic cancers are believed to arise from gene damage acquired from environmental exposures,
dietary factors, hormones, normal aging, and other influences.
Individuals who have inherited a gene change may be at a higher risk to
develop multiple types of cancer. For cancer patients, this may affect
treatment options or follow-up care.
Inform Diagnostics provides these NCCN guidelines to help our clients determine
if their patients should receive genetic testing.
The above information was gathered from the websites Cancer.gov and KnowOurRisk.org.