The Utah Valley Cancer Center has a highly skilled genetic counseling program. If you are concerned about the familial risk of cancer, genetic counseling may be right for you.
Services Genetic Counselors Provide
- In-depth family history for risk assessment and to identify other at-risk family members.
- Recommendations for screening and management for both patients and at-risk family members.
- Identification of available genetic testing.
- Post-test counseling, including discussion of the genetic test result and its impact on screening and healthcare management.
- Referral to local and national support groups and resources.
Genetic Counseling Team
The Genetic Counseling Team is made up of:
- Surgical, Medical and Radiation Oncologists
- Social workers
- Genetic counselors
Risk Factors in Family History
- Multiple generations affected by cancer.
- Multiple primary cancers in the same person.
- Rare cancers, especially with a family history of cancer.
- Early age onset of cancer, especially under 50 years.
- Bilateral cancer.
- Cancer in the less-expected gender (such as male breast cancer)
- Cancer in persons of Ashkenazi Jewish heritage.
- Persons with a known cancer mutation in the family
What to Expect During a Genetic Counseling Session
During the initial visit, a detailed history and personal history will be reviewed. A risk assessment and explanation of the risks involved will also be provided. Discussion of testing and management options will also happen.
If you decide to pursue the testing, the genetic counselor will:
- Coordinate insurance preauthorization, if necessary.
- Coordinate test ordering and specimen collection, which is sent to a testing lab.
- Obtain your test sample, which is sent to testing lab.
- Follow up with test results and inform you and your referring physician.
- Meet with you to discuss results, management and facilitation of family member testing.
Common Cancer Syndromes
- Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (BRCA1/2): breast and ovarian cancer; may see pancreatic cancer or melanoma.
- Lynch: colon, uterine, ovarian, small bowel, other cancers at lower frequency
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP): polyposis, colon cancer
- Cowden: colon, breast, macrocephaly, skin findings
- Hereditary Melanoma: melanoma with or without pancreatic cancer.