Is the Invitae Prostate Panel the right test for you?
If several members of your family have had prostate and other cancers – or maybe you have had a diagnosis yourself, this test is all about early detection, prevention and tailored therapies.
It involves analysis of up to 17 genes chosen to provide more precise data to guide you about additional screening or treatments and/or eligibility for clinical trials.
To get this test you will first need a consultation with your clinician where you can ask if this is the most appropriate option for you, then you can either:
- Buy it directly from this website (this cost may be covered by your medical insurance).
- Access it through your treating hospital/private healthcare provider.
This test is only available to those aged 18 years or above.
Our price £595 (RRP £995) Save £400
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Would more frequent screening help you?
This test can help your clinician decide at what age and how often you should have screening for prostate and other cancers
Lifestyle choices which could reduce your risk
There’s no proven prostate cancer prevention strategy, but you may reduce your risk of prostate cancer by making healthy choices, such as exercising and eating a healthy diet that is low in fat.
Possible treatment choices
Identifying which specific therapies could help you is another aspect of this test, which can identify if you may benefit from a new therapy called PARP inhibitor treatment.
It involves drugs which block an enzyme used by cancer cells to repair damage caused by chemotherapy to their DNA, but it doesn’t affect healthy cells. In effect, it causes tumour cells to die.
This test analyses 17 genes including BRCA1 and BRCA2 – if no mutations are found in these, this gives you and your clinician a clear indication that targeted PARP inhibitor treatment will help you.
This test can also indicate if other member of your family may have hereditary risk of developing prostate or other cancers – and therefore what steps they need to take for further screening or monitoring.
You can discuss this with your clinician, or if you would like to talk to one of our experts about the test, call us on +44 (0) 1270 699021.
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What do I need to do?
This test is an analysis of your blood, so your Clinician will need to take a blood sample from you.
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Buying the test
Step 1: There are two options:
- Via your treating hospital/private healthcare provider (we have special arrangements with many healthcare providers to enable you to access this test, click here to see the list)
- By clicking the ‘Buy direct now’ button above (the cost may be covered by your medical insurance – check your policy details)
Step 2: Collection of sample
We will liaise directly with your clinician and organise the collection of your sample and delivery to the laboratory.
Step 3: Analysis and reporting
Your sample will be analysed and a report will be generated, results are provided 3 weeks after your sample is received in the laboratory. Please allow additional time for delivery to the lab.
Step 4: Results
Your clinician will receive the test report giving a clear indication of whether you are at risk of prostate cancer or if you have already been diagnosed, what steps you – and possibly other members of your family – need to take next.
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What your results mean for you
Your clinician will be able to discuss your results and their implications for you, but as a guide:
A positive result does NOT mean you have cancer, or that you will definitely develop it.
It does means that a mutation, or genetic change, has been identified in a specific gene that increases the chance of your developing certain cancers in your lifetime – and your personal results will provide more detailed information specific to you. Talk to your clinician about creating a screening and management plan for you, and to identify relatives who may also need to be tested.
A negative result means that no mutations or genetic changes associated with an increased risk of the most common hereditary cancers were identified in the genes that were analysed. The result does not eliminate your risk of developing cancer completely as there are other factors, such as lifestyle, or perhaps mutations not detected by current technology or mutations in other genes. Again, talk to your clinician about what the results mean for you.
Variant of uncertain significance
This is where a gene mutation has been found, but at present we do not know if this affects your risk of certain cancers. In this case, your clinician will be able to talk about screening recommendations based on your personal and family medical histories and if new information becomes available, Invitae will update your clinician.
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Is Invitae Prostate Panel the right test for your patient?
This panel may be considered for individuals with prostate cancer. Other candidates for testing include those whose history is suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome, such as a personal and/or family history of:
- prostate, breast, ovarian, uterine, colon, pancreatic, melanoma, or sarcoma, particularly if early onset (<50)
- prostate cancer with a Gleason score ≥7
- metastatic or high to very high risk localized prostate cancer
- male breast cancer
- breast or ovarian cancer and Ashkenazi Jewish ancestry
There are also some common, general features suggestive of a hereditary cancer syndrome family. These include:
- cancer diagnosed at an unusually young age
- different types of cancer that have occurred independently in the same person
- cancer that has developed in both organs of a set of paired organs (e.g., both kidneys; both breasts)
- several close blood relatives that have the same type of cancer
- unusual cases of a specific cancer type (e.g., breast cancer in a man)
This test analyses up to 17 genes associated with a hereditary predisposition to prostate cancer. These genes were selected based on available evidence to provide Invitae’s most comprehensive test targeting hereditary prostate cancer.
Genetic testing may confirm a clinical diagnosis and guide treatment and management decisions. At-risk relatives may also be identified, allowing pursuit of a diagnostic evaluation, early detection and improved clinical outcome. This test is specifically designed for heritable germline mutations and is not appropriate for the detection of somatic mutations in tumour tissue.
Primary panel (12 genes)
ATM BRCA1 BRCA2 CHEK2 EPCAM HOXB13 MLH1 MSH2 MSH6 NBN PMS2 TP53
Add-on Preliminary-evidence Genes for Prostate Cancer (5 genes)
In addition to the primary panel, clinicians can also choose to include genes that have limited evidence of association with hereditary prostate cancer. At this time, the association of these genes with hereditary prostate cancer remains uncertain; however, some clinicians may wish to include genes that may prove to be clinically significant in the future. These genes can be added at no additional charge.
BRIP1 FANCA PALB2 RAD51C RAD51D
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Frequently asked questions
- Do I need a doctor to authorise this test?
- Yes, your doctor will need to provide the sample required for this test.
- Will my health insurance cover the cost of this test?
- Many health insurance plans cover the cost of genetic testing – check with your provider to find out if it is in your policy.
- How accurate is the test?
- All our partners follow advanced laboratory procedures and ensure quality control to deliver accurate results you can trust.