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Is there a genetic test that shows who is at risk for osteogenic sarcoma?

Is there a genetic test that shows who is at risk for osteogenic sarcoma?

Not really.: Unless your family has a documented history of this, and a particular mutation has been identified in other family members, there is not an established test for this condition. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott McLean
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Genetic Testing (Definition)

Prenatal testing for genetic problems may be done before or after conception. Testing for spina bifida or Down syndrome is done after a pregnancy is established. Besides the couples listed above, counseling and diagnosis are also recommended for mothers over the age of 35, and those who have received abnormal screening test results, such as alpha-fetoprotein (AFP). For more information about the alpha-fetoprotein test, and when and why you might have it, see alpha-fetoprotein. For those who may be at risk, genetic counseling and prenatal diagnosis are used to help ...Read more


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If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

If a blood test is done and there is no detection of cancer, is it concluded that cancer is in remission? The type of cancer is lung cancer

Discuss...: Your question is not exactly clear. "remission" is a term used to describe cancer that was diagnosed and after treatment or in unusual cases "spontaneously" is no longer clinically present. The "blood tests" currently marketed are used to "find" (screen) cancer. Tests like "early cdt" are generally inaccurate if you have already had a cancer. Not used to diagnose "remission". ...Read more

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Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Is there a way for an at risk person to detect early changes (via blood tests etc) that usually precipitate development of non-hodgkins lymphoma?

Yes: Seeing your general doctor regulary for check-ups and physical exams is the best way. Sometimes you can see signs of lymphoma in a blood test, like a high LDH, but this is not an effective screening method. Only if your doctor suspects that you may have lymphoma should she order further testing. ...Read more

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Is there a blood test for cancer of all types? I read an article about something called an amas test. Is it viable?

Is there a blood test for cancer of all types? I read an article about something called an amas test. Is it viable?

No, there isn't : But we're working on it. We are developing antigen or protein marker assays for several specific types of carcinoma, much like the psa test that we have for prostate ca. There are some other tests that we find to be connect with a diagnosed case of ca, which we then follow if they truly correlate with expansion or contraction of the tumors. ...Read more

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Is it true that there is no genetic test yet available to confirm a diagnosis of Ehler's Danlos Hypermobility type?

Is it true that there is no genetic test yet available to confirm a diagnosis of Ehler's Danlos Hypermobility type?

There r genetic test: There are genetic tests that can be used to confirm Ehler's Danlos Syndrome (EDS) type. You could speak with your physician and referral to a geneticist that could determine which genes are effected. One test that could be used is that of collagen gene mutation testing. ...Read more

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Is there a test for genital warts when there are no visible signs? Or is the HPV test only done for high risk types that cause cancer?

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Is there a test for genital warts when there are no visible signs? Or is the HPV test only done for high risk types that cause cancer?

HPV vaccine: Hpv vaccine protects against types 16 & 18 which are linked to increase in cancer risk. Gardasil also protects against 6 & 11 which are linked to genital warts. Testing for hpv type is typically performed in the lab at the time of pap smear reading. There's no good way to test for genital awards if warts aren't visible to naked eye. ...Read more

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Is there any study for alzheimers that includes a genetic test (my father has Lewey bodies) in nc or a free test ?

Is there any study for alzheimers that includes a genetic test (my father has Lewey bodies) in nc or a free test ?

Comments: Your question is valid, but the only easily available genetic test currently is Apolipoprotein Epsilon alleles. From your description, your dad may have Dementia due to Lewy bodies, a Parkinsonian dementia prototype. Genetic testing is expensive, but if your Dad finds a medical school research study, it may include genetic testing. ...Read more

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Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Is there a genetic test in UK that can tell if a person is a poor metabolizer with Clopidogrel having two copies of each of the CYP2C19 gene.?

Phenotype is the big: issue, not genotype, because we each live with the complex results of both genotype combined with all our complex internal controls, beyond the any gene or sets of genes alone. Since clopidgrel is a platelet suppressing, clot-slowing agent, best check clotting with & without whatever trial dosage. The best of the clotting tests is TEG, study: Thromboelastography, commonly used in hospitals. ...Read more

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Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?

Is it recommended to get a colonoscopy at age 43 if there is a  family history of colon cancer? What other tests are needed at this age?

10 years before diag: A basic guideline is that in the case of a potentially inherited cancer trait, that we start screening 10 years before the presentation of a first degree relative, i.e. Parent or sibling. If the relative was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 53, we consider beginning screening tests at 43. Otherwise begin screenings as age appropriate, colonoscopy age 50, mammo age 40. ...Read more

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Is there a bone disease that is more present in african americans?

Is there a bone disease that is more present in african americans?

No: Not that i know of. Sickle cell anemia which is more prevelant in african americans can cause a type i'd bone destruction. ...Read more

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A friend was just diagnosed with familial amyloidosis.What treatment is there? Can he live normal? Is it herditory? Is there support? Research?

A friend was just diagnosed with familial amyloidosis.What treatment is there? Can he live normal? Is it herditory? Is there support? Research?

Difficult to say: Amyloidosis has a lot of manifestations a lot of the stuff goes on what type of involvement he has. There are some therapies available as well as investigative trials. This is not easy because there can be many other manifestations of need to be know. The questions that you have are best answered to him by his physician. ...Read more

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What does a cancer free pet scan show? When a pet scan shows that a person is cancer free, does that really mean they're done with cancer? Is it cured? Are there any general statistics for a person who had cancer, but a pet scan later showed that the canc

What does a cancer free pet scan show? When a pet scan shows that a person is cancer free, does that really mean they're done with cancer? Is it cured? Are there any general statistics for a person who had cancer, but a pet scan later showed that the canc

PET : Pet scans are used for diagnosis, staging, and restaging of certain kinds of cancers such as lung, colorectal, esophageal, and head and neck cancers, and for monitoring response to therapy in breast cancer. Different kinds of cancers behave differently, and there is no guarantee that a given cancer is completely "cured, " even following complete remission. In general, evidence of a complete remission on a pet scan is a very favorable prognostic sign, and indicates that treatment was successful. Followup pet scans are still performed at regular intervals, often for the patient's lifetime, in order to monitor for any possible recurrence that might require new treatment. In general, if follow-up pet scans continue to show no evidence of disease over a period of many years, the likelihood of recurrence is low. ...Read more

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I've heard there is a link between kids who are very tall/fast-growing for their age and increased cancer risk. Is this true?

I've heard there is a link between kids who are very tall/fast-growing for their age and increased cancer risk. Is this true?

Unclear. : There are a many studies that have attempted to link height in childhood and the risk of adult cancer. A few have shown a link, particularly in breast & prostate cancer, though other studies have not. These studies have methodologic problems: usually case-control studies based on surveys & self-reported data. I would not worry about height, but following a balanced, nutritious diet with exercise. ...Read more

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Is there relation between working as radiologist and to be aborted in thantotrphic dysplasia fetus ( if it is gene mutation)?

Is there relation between working as radiologist and to be aborted in thantotrphic dysplasia fetus ( if it is gene mutation)?

Not: exactly sure of the question. Are you asking whether female radiologists have a higher incidence of fetal anomalies and spontaneous abortion? The answer is no. Radiation exposure for all xray workers is monitored and tracked. Most radiologists, with the exception of interventional radiologists, are usually not in the room when technologists are performing xrays. ...Read more

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Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Is there a test for ovarian cancer that is covered by insurance?

Covered by most: Examination by gynecologist and sonogram is covered by most of the insurances, . ...Read more

Genetic (Definition)

From a medical standpoint, "genetic" refers to the potential heritability of various medical conditions. While some conditions are inevitable (at some point in one's life) as a consequence of simple genetic heritability (eg huntington's disease), a large number of medical conditions (including all behaviorial health disorders) are the expressed final pathway of a ...Read more


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Sarcoma (Definition)

By definition, it is malignant (i.e., being locally invasive and at least theoreticlally capable of metastasizing), and arises from / mimics muscle or connective tissue elements that are not marrow or immune / white cells. The sarcomas are a tremendously varied and troublesome family of tumors, though thankfully less common than carcinomas and the leukemia / ...Read more