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.

What tests do you offer?

We offer a range of different tests, each focusing on a different gene or group of genes (often referred to as a ‘panel’). Two of our current panels examine genes by sequencing DNA only, a third also sequences RNA to look for different types of genetic changes. The panels do vary in size, however simply testing more genes isn’t always a better option – it will need more tissue/DNA, cost more and does not necessary yield any further clinically useful information. What information you need depends on the type of cancer you have and how fair it may have progressed. 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. Alternatively, if they are unsure, or if you just want some background information before you speak to them, feel free to send us an email or give us a call . We will be only too happy to provide scientific/technical advice and logistical support, but please be aware that we cannot provide any medical advice or treatment recommendations.

Useful links to other HCA sites

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of HCA’s consultant physicians, see what other services are available from HCA laboratories or look at the portfolio of clinical trails running at our research institute, please follow the links below.

HCA Healthcare UK

HCA Laboratories

Sarah Cannon Research Institute