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Pharmacogenomic Tests PGx

Knowledge based informed consent is essential for cancer patients

We can help you avoid trial and error methods of choosing your treatment by utilising a Pharmacogenomics test (PGx). With this test doctors can determine which cancer treatment will work better for you, which will have fewer side effects and how to avoid serious adverse drug reactions.
At this point in time, PGx testing is not standard procedure in most hospitals in AUstralia and NZ. When they are done, fewer panels are tested compared what is available at the independent certified laboratory we recommend.  

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Did you know that the test mentioned in this article costs only $395 and is a test for life! Contact me, Grace, to organise your PGx.

PGx, the Right Drug, for the Right Patient, at the Right Dose

More about Pharmacogenomics (PGx)

The PGx test is your one test for life. The test will cover your metabolic response to medications, at all stages in life, and can be referred back to at any time regardless of your age or health status. Everybody can benefit from this test.

Pharmacogenomics is the analysis of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Most drugs are broken down (metabolised) in the body by drug-metabolising enzymes (DMEs). Specific genes code for these enzymes, and variations in these genes can cause significant differences to drug-metabolising enzymes, drug transporters and drug targets.

As everyone has a unique genetic makeup, this can affect how you will respond or react to certain medications. A medication or dose that works for one person may be ineffective or cause harmful side effects in another. 

Through pharmacogenomics testing, individualised medicine treatment plans can be developed based on each patient’s genetic makeup, to determine optimal drugs and dosages, and limit harmful side effects.

The PGx test can be performed via a kit that is sent to you. Either a mouth swab or blood sample can be used for PGx testing.

The collection kit is then returned to the laboratory via express mail. Results can take 10 -14 days are the sample is received by the Laboratory.

Our preferred pathology laboratory is based in Australia and is registered under NATA guidelines.

We can help you with providing information and how to access PGx testing via a GP or Oncologist. Contact me (Grace) for more information.

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If your doctor tells you Pharmacogenomics (PGX) is too new, here is what you need to know:

Pharmacogenomics and its predecessor pharmacogenetics study the contribution of genetic factors to the inter-individual variability in drug efficacy and safety. One of the major goals of pharmacogenomics is to tailor drugs to individuals based on their genetic makeup and molecular profile.

From early findings in the 1950s uncovering inherited deficiencies in drug metabolism that explained drug-related adverse events. Pharmacogenomics is considered during the design of clinical drug trials. For just $395 you can be empowered to access PGX testing – your life may depend on it!  Contact me (Grace) now!

Comment from a patient we’d recently helped access a Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Test.

“I took my PGX info down to the local chemist. Luckily he was familiar with them – actually, he was fantastic! 

He was certainly surprised with my very limited choice of pain killers according to my PGx results and was adamant that the pain killers prescribed by my cancer hospital were no good for me at all. 

Thanks to PGx he could provide me with options for pain control suitable for my unique genetics and they worked without side effects”.
Melanie – rural Victoria

In USA, over 1 Million emergency room visits are due to medical drug side effects. Your PGx test can prevent this.

Be Proactive

Talk to Grace about organising your Pharmacogenomics (PGx) test today.
Grace Gawler