A small percentage of individuals have a hereditary predisposition to specific cancers. Identification of these individuals may provide for medical interventions that result in better treatment and management outcomes. This information is not only crucial for the patient, but for their family members as well. The clinic's genetic counselors will help a patient determine whether genetic testing is the right option for them.
Our clinic provides patients with a comprehensive cancer risk assessment. This assessment helps identify patients who may have hereditary cancer syndromes. Our counselors educate patients and family members, coordinate genetic testing for other family members and interpret test results for patients as well as their medical providers. Using genetic test results, we may recommend medical interventions that can improve outcomes.
An individual may want genetic counseling if:
- There is a known hereditary cancer syndrome in the family
- There is a personal history of cancer before the age of 50
- There is a family or personal history of breast cancer before age 45
- There is a personal or family history of colorectal cancer before age 50
- There is a personal or family history of ovarian cancer
- He or she has had more than one cancer in his or her lifetime
- There is a family or personal history of rare tumors or cancers
Preparing for Your Appointment
At your first appointment, you will be seeing one of our genetic counselors to review family history as well as gain an understanding of the role that genes play when it comes to cancer. The genetic counselors will complete a risk analysis based on this info to check if you meet any guidelines for genetic testing. If appropriate, testing will be ordered and a plan to discuss results will be established. Once the results are disclosed, the genetic counselor will work with providers to determine what screening or future health plans is necessary. The genetic counselor will also discuss sharing results with other family members at that time.
Before coming to your appointment please complete the following paperwork:
- Complete Cancer Family & Medical History Questionnaire
- Gather information on family (Grandparents, Aunts, and Uncles, Parents, Children)
- Current age/ age of death
- Type of Cancer
- Age at which cancer was diagnosed
- Required documentation for appointment
- Photo ID
- Insurance Cards
- Prior genetic tests (if applicable)
- Genetic test results of family members (if applicable)