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Learn More: Genetic Testing Information

Individuals interested in having genetic testing meet with a genetic counselor or risk assessment nurse to discuss their genetic risk of developing cancer as well as to help determine if their family could have a hereditary cancer syndrome. During a genetic counseling session, an individual’s personal and family history of cancer is reviewed. The genetic counselor or risk assessment nurse will determine if genetic testing is appropriate. If so, benefits, risks, and limitations of genetic testing will be discussed. Also reviewed is the psychosocial and emotional impact test results may have for you and your family.

If you decide to have testing, you will receive your genetic test results from your genetic counselor or risk assessment nurse. A nurse practitioner or physician is also present to review medical management and screening recommendations. A plan may be developed to help communicate results to your family members and medical professionals.

If you have any questions about genetic testing and whether or not it is right for you, please call us at 1-877-627-9684.

Cancer/Syndrome Gene

Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer

BRCA1 & BRCA2

Lynch Syndrome or Hereditary Nonpolyposis Colon Cancer (HNPCC)

MSH2, MLH1, MSH6 & PMS2

Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

APC

Hereditary Prostate Cancer

BRCA1 & BRCA2, others

Hereditary Melanoma & Basal Cell Nevus Syndrome

CDK4, CDKN2A, CMM & P16

Li Fraumeni Syndrome

P53, CHEK2

Cowden Syndrome

PTEN

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, Type I

MEN1

Multiple Endocrine Neoplasia, Type II, Medullary Thyroid Carcinoma

RET

von Hippel-Lindau Syndrome

VHL