For some types of cancer there is a possibility it may run in families. Genetic counseling is a method to help test and predict possible risks for cancer. Our skilled genetic counseling team can help you determine if genetic counseling is right for you.
Genetic Counseling Services
- In-depth risk assessment exploration of family history to identify at-risk family members.
- Recommendations for screening and cancer management.
- Guide patients to available genetic testing.
- Post-test counseling, as well as a discussion of genetic test results.
- Referral to local and national resources and support groups.
Genetic Counseling Team
The Genetic Counseling Team includes:
- Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncologists
- Social workers
- Genetic counselors
Risk Factors in Family History
- Multiple generations who have been affected by cancer.
- Multiple primary cancers in the same person.
- Rare cancers, especially in individuals with a family history of cancer.
- Cancer detected in individuals under the age of 50.
- Bilateral cancer.
- Cancer in the less-common gender (ex: male breast cancer)
- Cancer in persons of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
- Persons with known cancer mutation in the family.
What to Expect During Genetic Counseling
A detailed personal history will be reviewed during the initial visit, and a risk assessment (along with an explanation of the risks involved) will also be provided. The genetic counselor will also discuss testing and management options.
If, after being provided with the risk information, you decide to do the testing, the genetic counselor will:
- Collect test samples and specimen and send to a testing lab.
- Inform you and your referring physician of the test results.
- Discuss test results, care management and the possibility of other family member testing.