Overview of cancer risk factors, including genetics, lifestyle
Comprehensive, cancer-specific genetic evaluation, including
pedigree analysis and risk calculation
Discussion of customized risk reduction options and risk
appropriate screening recommendations, including opportunities
Coordination of genetic testing, when appropriate, and
interpretation of genetic test results
Referral resources for follow up and support
What to expect at your appointment
At your first appointment with the Cancer Risk Assessment and Genetics
Program, you will meet with a licensed/certified genetic counselor. The
genetic counselor will:
Review your personal and/or family history of cancer
Discuss your cancer risks and genetic testing options, if
applicable, as well as the risks, benefits and limitations of
genetic testing and the medical, social and emotional aspects
associated with possible results
Review potential cancer screening and prevention options
Provide an assortment of supportive and educational resources
Should you choose to pursue genetic testing, a DNA sample will be
obtained at the time of the appointment by giving a saliva sample or
having a tube of blood drawn.
When genetic test results are received, you will be offered a second
appointment with a genetic counselor and/or medical oncologist. At this
appointment, your genetic test results will be reviewed and risk
management guidelines for cancer screening and prevention will be
Please note, at your appointment, you will be asked to provide
information about your personal and/or family history. This will include
who has had cancer, what type of cancer, and the age at which the cancer
was diagnosed. You will be asked about your immediate family members, as
well as about your aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, great
grandparents and great aunts/uncles. Very few people know all the
details about their family members, however, providing as much of this
information as possible will assist the program team in giving a more
accurate risk assessment and review of testing and management options.
Opportunities for research
Based on your personal history, and/or your genetic test result, you may
be eligible to participate in research studies. If you are interested in
potential research opportunities, please contact the genetics program to
Most insurances cover the costs of genetic consultation and testing. If
you have concerns about whether or not your insurance will cover these
services, please feel free to contact us.
For more information or to schedule an appointment call 484.565.GENE.
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