Overview

Oncology cytogenetics identifies acquired genetic changes that assist in the diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of cancer, and in the assessment of remission, disease progression and relapse.

Category

Cost

Billing is to the referring hospital or Medicare.

Contacts

Jackie Challis

Phone: (03) 8341 6280

Specimen Requirements

Chromosomes/Microarray/FISH

Bone marrow:
Sodium heparin 2-5ml

Blood:
Lithium heparin
Blood can replace bone marrow where there is greater than 2.5x106 circulating blasts per ml
Less than 12 months of age: 1ml
Greater than 12 months: 1-5ml

Tumour biopsy:
Chromosomes - Fresh tissue
Microarray - Fresh or frozen tissue
FISH - Tumour imprint slides