Understanding the potential to develop a cancer gives you the power to be proactive. Early detection can save lives. The more we know about your family's health history, the better we can help you.
A genetics consultation weighs the risk of cancer based on a personal and family medical history as well as medical testing. A consultation also provides strategies to reduce the risk.
Here are the most important elements of our program:
The genetic counselor will take your detailed family and personal medical history. Information on siblings, parents, grandparents and cousins may all be used to generate an individualized cancer risk assessment.
Discussions with the genetic counselor will include information on hereditary cancers, and the risks, benefits, and limitations of genetic testing. Counseling will also help you understand and cope with the psychological and social concerns related to an increased cancer risk.
Tests to identify cancer-related genes or participation in research studies may be your next step. Results will be carefully explained along with the risks to other family members. All findings are held in the strictest confidence and never released without written consent.
Risk reduction strategies
Watchful care and preventive measures will be detailed for patients at higher risk. Options may include intensive monitoring, use of medications or surgery, in addition to referrals to medical specialists