Genetic Counseling

Saint Agnes Cancer Center offers genetic consultation to help identify patients who are at elevated risk for specific types of cancer. Armed with this essential information, patients can make more informed decisions regarding their health care, now and into the future.

What is my risk?

You have a higher chance of having an inherited predisposition to cancer in these situations:

  • If you have had breast cancer before age 50 or ovarian cancer at any age.
  • If you have one or more close relatives with breast cancer before age 50 or ovarian cancer.
  • If you have had two or more different cancers.
  • If you have a personal or family history of colon cancer before age 50.
  • If you are of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and have a family history of cancer.
  • If you have more than one close relative with cancer before age 50, even if the cancers are
    of different types.

Genetic Testing

If you are concerned about your personal or family history, you can speak with your healthcare provider. Genetic evaluation and counseling are the first steps in determining the chances that you or your family may have a hereditary predisposition to cancer.

Our geneticists are certified by the American Board of Medical Genetics and work closely with surgeons, clinical and radiation oncologists, and primary care physicians to provide comprehensive management for patients and their families, including:

  • A complete family history.
  • Obtaining and reviewing medical records.
  • Assessment of personal and familial risks.
  • Discussion of options, including DNA testing, medical surveillance and lifestyle modifications.
  • Discussion of benefits and limitations of testing.
  • Gene analysis, if appropriate and desired, with follow-up.
  • Referral to other healthcare professionals for management.

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