Dr. Christina Clay, an M.D. who is board certified in hematology, oncology and internal medicine, joined me on The Forget-Me-Not Hour last week. She explained how genetic testing is used in the doctor’s office today, as well as commented on health genetic tests like the one my previous radio show guest, 23andMe.com, perform today.
Genetic testing can be beneficial to cancer treatment because it allows the doctor a more in-depth picture of a patient’s body. It can help determine the course of treatment in oncology. If there is a family history of cancer, genetic tests can be used to determine if a person has a certain gene or marker that increases the risk for cancer. People who have these genes can then make changes in their lifestyles that could help prevent or reduce the risk of getting cancer.
Find out more about genetic testing and medicine from Christina Clay here.