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Thanks to the advances in Genetic Medicine, it is possible, through simple blood tests, to determine the individual risk of suffering from certain illnesses. For this reason, Hospital Clínica Benidorm puts into action their new Unit of Clinical Genetics.
Dra. Tanya Álvarez, specialist in Genetic Medicine, directs this service in collaboration with some of the principal services of HCB, offering medical assessment to carry out genetic tests which provide the most information and benefit to each patient.
The goal of the HCB Unit of Clinical Genetics is double: on one side, to help to know the predisposition of the patients to determined illnesses and, on another, collaborate in the design of personalised treatments and exhaustive aftercare of the patients.
“The concern of suffering illnesses such as Cancer, Alzheimer or Parkinson, for example, is very common within the population. These illnesses are in our genes, from there we see the importance of knowing our genetics in order to prevent them, diagnose them with accuracy and/or treat them with the greatest precision possible, allowing each patient to receive the exact treatment they need. It is an extremely personalised treatment”, explained Dra. Tanya Álvarez, doctor specialised in Genetics.
How does the Unit work?
The genetic tests are simple blood tests or on some occasions, saliva samples. The patient, assessed by the specialist in Clinical Genetics, can perform the test that they require depending on their objective: prevent illness, diagnose with greater precision a type of illness or help to design the best treatment plan in collaboration with their specialist.
The sample is taken in HCB and a few days later the Genetics specialist, regardless of the range of risk, will inform the patient and provide them with a series of guidelines for carrying out a healthy lifestyle depending on their genetics and predisposition to illnesses as well as a series of preventative measures and recommendations.
The principal genetic tests with which the HCB Unit of Clinical Genetics can help the patients are related to oncological diseases and neurological illnesses; nutrigenomics, to detect food intolerances; Pharmacogenetics to avoid adverse reactions to medications; non-invasive pre-natal test to detect possible chromosopathies in the foetus; and genetic assessment in children (Detection of ADD, Autism, Hyperactivity etc.).
CV Dra. Tanya Álvarez
Dr. Tanya Álvarez is licensed in medicine by the Medical Faculty of Uruguay and is specialized in Genetic Medicine thanks to her postgraduate in Genetic Medicine, Master’s Degree in Genetic Medicine, and Master’s Degree in Regenerative and anti-aging medicine of the University of Valencia (Spain). She is currently studying a course in Genomics applied to Oncology.
The professional career of Dra. Álvarez has been developing since her first years as a Family and Emergency Doctor in the Marina Baixa, in the Hospital Clínico Universitario of Valencia and in the Hospital La Fe of Valencia. Her experience as a Family Doctor in health centres and geriatric residencies on the Costa Blanca amplified after a professional stay in Norway which has also allowed her to work with Norwegian and Swedish patients in numerous clinics and medical centres. She has many years of experience in Preventative Genetics and Antiaging in wellness clinics, including SHA Wellness Clinic (Albir, Alicante).
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