The NHS and genetic testing

May 2013
Evening Standard;5/17/2013, p57
A PATIENT who discovers they carry a genetic mutation putting them at a higher risk of cancer faces difficult decisions. Should they undergo an invasive procedure as a proactive measure; or live in fear of knowing that they might get cancer, but do not have the means to do anything about it? Should they tell their family so that they can get tested? How would they feel about making the same choices? The cost factor will only keep rising as new drugs and therapies come to market, many targeted on the specific genetics of each diagnosis.


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