Information for patients

Why would I have a genetic test?

If you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, your consultant may recommend a genetic test. This is because the information in your genes can tell us about what’s driving your cancer and which treatments may or may not be successful. Here at SCMD, we can also use genetic information to see whether you might be eligible for any current or future clinical trials. Play our video to find out more.

What tests do you offer?

We offer different tests, each focusing on different genes. One of them examines 22 genes, another examines 50, and we’ll soon be offering a comprehensive test covering more than 300. However, testing more genes isn’t always the better option – it depends on the type of cancer you have and what information will be most useful. Your consultant will know if there’s a test that will suit you.

What is Sarah Cannon?

Sarah Cannon is the Cancer Institute of HCA, and one of the world’s best-known institutes specialising in cancer treatment. Through Sarah Cannon, patients in the UK have access to the latest therapies and clinical trials. Sarah Cannon has been a clinical trial leader in the majority of cancer therapies over the last 10 years. We use the information in our tests to help direct patients into clinical trials that may be right for them.

If I want a test, what do I do next?

Speak to your consultant. They’ll know whether this type of testing might be helpful, and which particular test would suit you best.

Where can I find out more?

To find out more about our services, click on the following links

HCA Labs

HCA Healthcare

Sarah Cannon Research UK