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Hello all, I went to a clinic to ask about immune testing and they quoted me £435 for NK assay panel and £340 for the T1/T2 cytokine test (or £700 ifyou have them both together). It's a lot, has anyone here had those done for cheaper? I was also quoted £225 for karotyping so would really appreciate it if anyone could let me know if they found a place that does that test cheaper also. It just adds so much to the ivf burden, I could weep... :(. Any help much appreciated.
 

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People have managed in the past to get the nk tests cheaper but you do it directly with rfu in Chicago & fed ex the sample across, but all Harley St clinics I believed stopped drawing bloods for them when clinics discovered it was happening, read londonlou's sticky thread on this thread for more details fr a few years back!
I've always paid the amounts you quote at ARGC, and some other Drs charge more.
 

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i think the options are as JJ says: you go through the clinics like Care, ARGC, Dr G, or you send bloods off yourself to RFU chicago, or you go to RIC in the UK (but their tests are a sort of 'cut down' version and aren't done the same way as RFU).

there is more info, and typical costs for all the tests in the FAQ.  I suggest you skim that before you decide.
 

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Thank you JJ1, I'm going to check out RFU and see if my doctor will let me have the blood taken in his surgery.  I'll have a look at the thread you mention as well.  I'm quite new on FF so I haven't learnt to navigate the sight very efficiently yet.

And thank you, agate, I hadn't thought that the FAQ's would include a list of probable prices so I hadn't looked there but will do today.  Thank you both.  I think it's really stuffy of clinics to object to sending samples abroad, I was always going abroad for my scans and saved heaps of money that way (too far for most FFr's, I went long haul for them because my parter was over there).  The doctor I saw just wrote down the list for me, without even mentioning how much it cost (he wasn't happy when I asked him to let me know how much it was going to be, his full list came to more than £1,000!) and a couple of them I think I might be able to get on the NHS, which I think a good doctor, as supposed to one who just wants to take your money, should suggest to you.  I'm pretty disenchanted by clinics' attitudes all round so far. :mad: :mad:
 

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Hi UrbanGirl

I was able to get Karyotyping done on the NHS (my GP referrred me to an endocrinologist for this). That said, the results have taken 2 months to come through (vs we paid for DH's karyotyping at CARE and the results came through in 4 weeks!)

Also, I think the prices you've been quoted for NK and Cytokines are slightly less than we paid at CARE.

Wishing you all the best for your tx

Lulu
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Your quote sounds about right to me. Immune stuff as I ve learned is expensive, h and I paid about 2.5k to dr g for our tests!  the way I look at is dr g is an expert and you end up having to pay for hid time somehow whether it's the mark up on the tests or by needing extra consults etc. I paid him for all the tests and he's since spoken to me on the phone twice with no charge for example which is pretty reasonable. Maybe if I'd gone direct for tests he might have charged those as consults? Best of luck with your tests x
 

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Lulu, thank you for that, I'm going to ask my Gp if he will let me have the karotyping then, since it is an age-related thing (I think) so I should be eligible on that score! It's good to hear what other people have paid, it seems so much to me but if that's what it is, then that's what it is and I suppose I will just have to pay up- I feel like Whoopi Goldberg in that movie  (Ghost or SIster Act?) when she has to hand over her the million pound cheque to the charity lady!

Loop, it sounds like you think it's worth it so I feel a bit better about it. Did your specialist find any problem from your tests and work out a good solution for you?
 

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you are born with your karyotype.  it doesn't change. its not an 'age' thing.  see under K in the FAQ
 

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Ladies just wondering what you think about this cost?  Has anyone done it cheeaper anywhere?  This is with  Mr G.

As requested, here is the cost of the immune tests:

7RF Leukocyte Antibody Detection (Male & Female)    £210
10RF HLA DQ Alpha Antigens (Male & Female)    £210
FGA4 NK Assay Panel    £465
FGA5 NK Assay FOLLOW-UP Panel    £325
FGA6 TH1/TH2 Cytokine Ratio    £340
FGA9 NK Assay/Endometrial biopsy (results take up to 3 weeks)    £350
F25M (Gene mutation)    £250
(Note: The cost of FGA4&FGA6 if you do them together is £700)
*All immune tests results take up to 2 weeks to arrive, so please advise patients to contact the clinic in two weeks


The initial consultation fee is £150, and the follow up consultation fee is £120.

Regards,
 

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replied to your duplicate post on the other thread.
 

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Agate, thank you for your replies, I haven't managed to locate the blinking FAQ section on the site yet, but when I do manage to find it I will get up to speed on karotyping and everything else!
 

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the link to the faq is in my signature.  you just click on it and it will take you there.
 

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Oh, I see it now, thank you very much!! ^idiot^
 
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