Genetic Screening at the Cancer Institute

Genetic risk assessment for cancers include brain cancer, colon cancer, endometrial cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and prostate cancer.

Knowing that a genetic risk exists does not mean that a person will develop the disease in question. But the knowledge can help guide a person in preventing or moderating risks for various cancers and can help guide doctors in treatment plans if the disease does develop.

Customized, preventive advice is offered to each individual to help him or her minimize the effects of their particular genetic risk.

The team works closely with specialists and referring doctors. They also offer consultations and detailed, written reports to help doctors tailor treatments to each patient's specific needs.

Genetic Risk Assessment: Managing Risk to Maximize Health

If you have a family history of cancer, your risk of developing cancer may be increased. If you have a personal history of cancer, your family members may be at increased risk.

Board-certified genetic counselors will assess your risk for a particular disease by reviewing your personal and family history and, if indicated, by ordering genetic tests. They can then outline a plan to help you and your doctors effectively manage your health risks and prevent disease.

The services provided include:

  • Interpretation of your family history
  • Coordination of appropriate genetic testing
  • Interpretation of genetic test results
  • Genetics education
  • Counseling and emotional support
  • Medical management recommendations
  • Identification of research opportunities